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Beyond The Cooking Contest – My Life Since Winning The Grand Prize

I wasn’t one to enter cooking contests, but when the newspaper in my South Florida community ran a cooking contest back in the 1980′s, many of my friends suggested that I should enter. The thought sounded sort of fun, but I never expected to win a prize, let alone the grand prize for the entire contest.

“Kathi Dameron took home two prizes in the first contest she’s ever entered” the tale started.

The perfectly framed article, that I invested a small fortune to have professionally framed twenty years ago, has traveled with me through several different moves in the years since that wonderful moment in time when my culinary skills and passion were recognized beyond my circle of friends.

Back then I had huge dreams. Winning that contest represented something profound to me in a indescribable sort of way. Perhaps I imagined that by winning the cooking contest, I had achieved a new level of credibility as a gourmet cook and entertainer. My dream was to be a cookbook author.
When Martha Stewart’s first Entertaining book came out, I was shocked and just a tad bit disturbed.
Martha had written and published the book that was in my imagination! I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know if I should be pleased or sad.

For me winning that cooking contest was like a launching pad into an eventual career in food and entertaining.

In the 1990′s I opened a catering business that often catered to the who’s who of Florida. For over ten years, I lived and breathed the tasty aromas of a busy, but often stressful catering kitchen.

Eventually, I realized it was time to shift gears and get back to the original dream.

I’m still trying to birth a cookbook. God-willing with each new day I am closer to achieving this aspiration.

One of the best things that happened during this last year was the wonderful opportunity to write a regular food column in the newspaper. The column comes out every two weeks, so far I’ve had a stream of food tale thoughts running through my consciousness that could go well into the next century!
There is no shortage of tale thoughts in my imagination, but rather perhaps a measure of frustration that I’m not capturing all these thoughts and getting them into print.

I get the thought that once I break through the barriers of doing my first cookbook, the others will be a piece of cake to roll out.

Well, that’s the tale on how my life has evolved since I won the Grand Prize in a Florida cooking contest.

Kathi Dameron is a free-lance writer and food columnist. She writes a regular newspaper column called “Entertaining with Kathi” She owns Kathi Dameron and Associates, a Writing and Blogging Boutique that writes creative content-rich articles and blogs that link to client websites. campaignblitz.us campaignblitz.us She is in the process of writing her first book. kathidameron.com kathidameron.com

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