Aug 11 - 21, 2022
The top sauce cooks were put to the test in the Gino’s Italian Red Sauce competition, judged Friday, August 13, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.
Anna Kingery of Ankeny won first place and a $100 cash award in the Best Italian Red Sauce class. Matthew Phoenix of Ankeny earned second place and $75. Cheryl Andrews of Pleasant Hill claimed third place and $50.
Jacqueline Riekena of West Des Moines won first place in the Best Pizza Sauce class of competition and $100. Matthew Phoenix of Ankeny claimed second place and $75.
Entries were judges on taste, originality and appearance.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.