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The Great Gulyas (Goulash) Cook-Off

The Great International Gulyas (Goulash) Cook-Off
June 20, 2010

The Cleveland Hungarian Cultural Gardens sponsored a Goulash cook-off as a fund-raiser to support the renovation of the Garden.

Hungarain Goulash contest in Cleveland

The Cook-Off was held at Saint Emeric's Church in Cleveland.

Saint Emeric Church in Cleveland

Saint Emeric


Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com was lucky enough to be asked to judge the wonderful stew-like concoctions of meat, vegetables and spices. Well, there were three without meat actually.

2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off Vegan entry


One had fish, one was vegan and one had tofu.

Judges of the 2010 Cleveland Hungarian  Gulyas Cook-Off: Marcia Snavely,Jenny Brown, David Farkas and Debbie Hanson

Judges of the 2010 Gulyas Cook-Off: Marcia Snavely,Jenny Brown, David Farkas and Debbie Hanson


There were a number of different kinds of goulash including Szekely. Szekely is a region of Hungary and their special goulash has sauerkraut in it adding yet another layer of flavor.

2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off entry


2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off entry


2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off entry


Most had potatoes while some had dumplings or noodles. The one thing they all had was Hungarian paprika in varying degrees. Meats included beef, pork, veal and sausage.

Jenny Brown judging 2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off

Jenny Brown judging


Judging was not easy. It was based on three criteria -Appearance, Aroma and Taste. Since none of them were "bad" it was a matter of deciding who was the best of the best.

Debbie Hanson judging 2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off

Debbie Hanson judging


There were two categories of winners - Judge's Choice and People's Choice. The Judges Choice winner (known only to the Judges as # 5) turned out to be Victoria Katai and Steven Balogh with, what they called, 'Newbie Gulyas'.

2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off winners - Newbie Gulyas

2010 Cleveland Hungarian Goulash Gulyas Cook-Off winners - Newbie Gulyas

There was a tie for People's Choice winner. Newbie Gulyas tied with Tibor Hegedus' "Authentic Hungarian Gulyas". Hegedus is president of the Akron Hungarian Club.

David Farkas and Bill Kolosi

David Farkas and Bill Kolosi


At the risk of sounding like a cliché - everyone was a winner that day. The food was wonderful. The sun was shining. Most importantly, the people were happy and having a good time.

Hungarian Cultural Center at Cleveland Goulash Gulyas cook-off


Find a recipe you love and start practicing. It's never too early to perfect your gulyas!

Carolyn Balogh and Jenny Brown

Carolyn Balogh and Jenny Brown


Gulyas judge Marcia Snavely ready to dig in

Gulyas judge Marcia Snavely ready to dig in


Glenn and Jenny Brown and Dennis Kucinich with a gulyas chef

Glenn and Jenny Brown and Dennis Kucinich with a gulyas chef

Can't wait for next year!


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