Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Competition Most Fowl: Hot Chicken Teams Posted

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 6:46 AM

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After a year of breathless anticipation and smack-talking, the contestants have been selected for the third annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival on July 4. Like fiery eyed steeds ready to burst from a starting gate, the fowl-firers are scratching broodily at the dirt, waiting for the starter's call. At 11:30 a.m. on July 4, the following seven teams will grab the grease and cayenne and fry for the gold:

Hot Hula Girl Chicken Nashvillian Ben Wolf promises the grass skirts and coconut bras will be plentiful.

Pollo Suave Up from the 'Boro, PS has held its bird up to connoisseurs and newcomers alike in preparation for the judging most fowl.

Team Rutledge Nashvillian Errica Rutledge describes herself as a great home chef and a chicken addict who craves heat. She'll get her share of both on Independence Day.

Hot as Cluck Fried Chicken Nashvillian Rob Marlow's team won the Ulika Tennessee Slow Smokers Competition but is now shifting the focus to hot chicken, with a recipe that's "too good to be so bad."

Driving & Frying A Viking Cooking School class set this Nashville-based team in motion, and they've been looking for worthy competitors ever since.

Bucky's All the way from Charlotte, N.C., these crowing out-of-towners are fired up to try their hands at the local specialty.

Team Rudloff Led by Kentucky native and East Nashville resident Andy Rudloff, this brood promises a fiery bird with the kick of 2009 Preakness great Rachel Alexander.

Each team will receive five bone-in chicken breasts to prep and cook in a deep fryer supplied by the Festival. Contestants will be able to keep the fryer at the conclusion of the event.

At 1 p.m., judges Mayor Karl Dean, SouthComm CEO and former Metro Council member Chris Ferrell, WKRN anchor and sports announcer John Dwyer, Fox 17 anchor Scott Couch and country music sensation Lorrie Morgan will pronounce a winner.

Held at East Park, 700 Woodland Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4, the Music City Hot Chicken Festival is free and open to the public.

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