A dessert cobbler made with Utah’s famous tart cherries has won the fourth annual "Taste of America" contest, sponsored by CQ Roll Call, a legislative and political newspaper in Washington D.C.
The four-round competition pits foods from different states against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. Votes were collected over the course of six weeks. The winning state receives a trophy and bragging rights for the next year.
Maine’s Lobster Roll and Maryland’s Crab Cakes finished a second and third, but the savory entrees could not overcome the "collective sense of determination and state pride from the Utah Congressional offices in the final week of voting," Roll Call officials said in a news release.
It’s the second time that Utah has won the contest, now in its fourth year. It also won in 2012, making it the first repeat winner.
Utah’s Cherry Cobbler had a strong showing throughout the competition, defeating Washington’s Smoked Salmon, New Mexico’s Frijoles and Wyoming’s Buffalo Burger to make it to the finals.
Utah’s cherry cobbler then prevailed over Oregon’s Blackberry Pie, Iowa Bacon, Illinois Deep Dish Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken and North Carolina-style barbecue.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association, a founding sponsor of the contest, recommends enjoying a wild ale with the Cherry Cobbler. And the National Restaurant Association, The other founding sponsor, suggests stopping by The Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City to enjoy the dish.
"The contest is gaining momentum," said Beth Bronder, Roll Call’s Publisher. "Each year we’ve see an increase in overall voting and regional media coverage. Some Members of Congress have personally gotten involved, using Twitter to tout their foods popularity or taunt their competition. All in good fun, of course!"
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