Winning it all
May 25, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.
For Eric Cortinas setting up the fire Saturday morning for the barbecue competition was bittersweet.
"This is something my uncle did for us every competition," he said.
For the past 12 years, his uncle took part in the family affair of cooking, but he passed away.
The team, Los Primos, have participated in several cooking competitions throughout the area.
On Saturday, they took first place at the 38th annual Matagorda County Area Go Texan Cook-Off.
"It was a great feeling, it was as if he was looking down on us," he said.
The event, which took place at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds, had its biggest entries ever with 51 cooking teams.
The teams came from Jackson, Wharton, Harrison, Fort Bend and Matagorda County.
The three day event is held every year to raise money for scholarships and is part of the Houston Live Stock and Rodeo.
"All the money that is raised stays in Matagorda County," said Wade Calk Jr. assistant district chairman for Matagorda County Area Go Texan Cook off.
The event takes a year to plan, their second event, a golf tournament takes about 3 months.
"Our function is to promote the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo through ticket sales, to the rodeo in promoting that, we raise $16,000 scholarship for the county," he said. "We do our events for the purpose of raising scholarships for high school students in the county," he said.
In taking part of the competition, Cortinas said he takes the satisfaction of being around his family.
"They are the ones who are going to tell us if our cooking is good," he said.
The team learned how to cook through his grandfather who worked at King Ranch and an early age.
Calk says he helps out with the event each year for the youth. He said his committee with start a new cooking division for ages 13 to 16.