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Amateur foodies plate up Eastern European fave in paprikash competition.

Ohio could well be the epicenter of bake-offs, as only a cursory glance at the Food Network suggests. Every county fair has its share of contests for bakers and barbecuers. But none of them compares to Matthew Cook's Chicken Paprikash Contest, which comes complete with the hardware for the winners to take home. "For the Judges' Choice and the People's Choice awards, there will actually be trophies and gift certificates in each category," says Cook, who owns Studio of 5 Rings art gallery in Rocky River. "Last year, we had a little trophy, and people really treasure the bragging rights to the best paprikash."To say the least: When Cook first advertised for entries last year, he was getting phone calls from potential competitors within an hour. "I had a guy call and ask me what it was. I told him we were having a contest to see who had the best paprikash," says Cook. "He said, 'I'll see you there!' and hung up on me!" Snap! The contest runs from 7 to 10 tonight at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church, 5620 Hauserman Road in Parma. Tickets are $7. Call 440-845-1323 or visit
Fri., April 4, 7-10 p.m., 2008

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