Mardi Gras

  • Mar01
  • Best Beignet Video Contest Results

    Mardi Gras Revelers Cook Up Their “Best Beignets”
    Video entries showcase a variety of beignet recipes, tips

    03.01.2011– Just in time for Mardi Gras, the National Cottonseed Products Association (NCPA) is revealing the delicious results of its national “Best Beignet” video contest. Piping hot and piled high with powdered sugar, pillowy beignets are a “must” on any proper Mardi Gras menu. And while the traditional, Café du Monde-style beignet is always a favorite, the “Best Beignet” video entries revealed a bevy of beignet recipes and styles from across the country.

    NCPA’s “Best Beignet” video contest challenged entrants to demonstrate in three minutes or less their tips for creating their personal best beignet, fried in cottonseed oil. The grand prize: $5,000.

    Entrants ranged from professional New Orleans-based chefs and food bloggers to mother-daughter and -son duos. However, the entry that took the cake – or beignet, rather – was submitted by Dr. Scott Vernon of Nipomo, Calif. His winning video featured 11-year-old son Kyler, a Food Network star in the making, with his brother, Conner, acting as cameraman. In the video, “Chef Kyler” skillfully demonstrates the art of making homemade beignets, provides an overview of the benefits of cooking with cottonseed oil, and even gives a “shout out” to America’s cotton growers.

    Other contest highlights included a creative demonstration from Café du Monde’s experts themselves; a unique Double Banana’s Foster Beignet recipe, using the “drop method,” from Chef Tory McPhail of New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace; and an exceptional entry by food blogger Doniree Walker, featuring her mouth-watering Chocolate Bourbon Orange dipping sauce. To view all of the “Best Beignet” video entries, visit

    “Regardless of the dough recipe, technique or topping, each entrant thoughtfully demonstrated that the key to creating a bead-worthy beignet is choosing the right cooking oil: neutral, trans free cottonseed oil, which the experts at Café du Monde have used for generations,” says Ben Morgan, executive vice president, National Cottonseed Products Association.


    For additional beignet tips and recipes, visit Cottonseed oil, America’s original vegetable oil and a favorite in the South, is naturally trans free and cholesterol free, and is an excellent source of vitamin E. Consumers can purchase cottonseed oil at various sporting goods stores, including Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sportsman’s Warehouse.