Over the past couple weeks, more than 200 chefs submitted dishes showing off their best take on southern-inspired cooking that also incorporated Barilla pasta. Some shone for their creativity, others for the techniques and flavor combos on display, and some just looked plain ‘ol delicious.

After a few days of deliberation, we’re now ready to share the Top 10 finalists for this contest. Congratulations to these chefs, and thank you to ALL of the chefs who participated in the competition. Now stay tuned until Monday, May 7th, when we announce the winner!

Anthony Serrano

Desert Rose Catering

Barilla Orecchiette in a Creamy Parmesan White Barbecue Sauce with Roasted Corn & Garlic, Smoked Chicken & Shrimp, Brown Buttered Green Beans in a Candied Creole Bacon Taco Shell

Michael Roberts

No Name Gourmet Personal Chef & Catering

Crab Etouffee Style Orecchiette with Creole Shrimp, Fried Okra and Crispy Tasso Crumble

Matthew Ward

Rutledge Cab Co.

Barilla Orecchiette Maque Choux. Country Ham. Andouille Sausage. Sorghum.

Mareya Ibrahim


Chef Mareya’s ‘Clean South’: Collard Greens Pesto & Piquant King Pasta Cake

Rebecka Evans

At Home with Rebecka

Country Crab Mac and Cheese with Butter Poached Bay Shrimp brings creamy low country bacon gravy to the mix blending fresh picked crab, some crab boil seasoning, pan toasted fresh corn off the cob and a touch of heat from Serrano peppers; this mixture becomes the roux for the mac and cheese sauce. Barilla large pasta shells are dressed with the creamy mixture and three kinds of cheeses then topped with crunchy panko crumbs and parmesan cheese. Cooked to perfection, this dish is truly Bayou to the Bay Southern Style!

Alex Hrdina

The Village Green Restaurant

Louisiana Crawfish Boil Pipette. Crispy Andouille Sausage, Rock Shrimp, Corn Veloute, Smoked Potato Crema.

Allie Henderson

Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel

Soul Bowl – Smoked Brisket & Pulled Pork, Pipette Pasta, Pot Likker Broth, Braised Collard Greens & Pickled Vegetables

Zoe Adelstein

Private Chef

Southern Fried Chicken and Cajun Mac and Cheese Waffles with Peach Pepper Jam

Ricazsandria Rances

The Parish

Drunken Shells (Gulf Treasure Shrimp, Scallops, Crawfish, Mussels, Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp)

Christopher Patrick

Abacus Dallas

Cajun Crawfish Mac n Cheese, Barilla Large Shell Pasta, House Smoked Andouille Sausage, Mudbug Bisque Mornay

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