Three south King County residents are among 15 finalists who will vie for a $100,000 grand prize in Southern Living magazine's Southern Living Cook-Off, the largest annual recipe contest in the United States.
Bryan Thomas of Kent, Maureen Tischue of Kent and Christie Katona of Renton will compete in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 5.
Thomas entered his Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce. Tischue and Katona entered Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls.
In a Southern Living press release, Thomas said he developed an appreciation of cooking from his mother at a young age, but she didn't have a lot of time to show him how to cook. He taught himself by trying basic recipes then seeing how they could be made better.
"Trial and error is basically how I develop my recipes," Thomas said. "For this one I started with a basic cheesecake recipe in 1997 and then started doing variations. Mom is still a big part of my recipes and is my taste tester."
Winning recipes will be available in the January issue of Southern Living and the cook-off Web site.