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SHREVEPORT, La. - Dozens of chefs faced off on Saturday in Southern University's Annual Gentleman's Cooking Classic.

KTBS 3's Rick Rowe and Alliyah Sims hosted the event.

The skills of local cooks of all ages were put to the test at the Shreveport convention center. Folks there got a taste of categories from appetizers all the way to dessert. Winners went home with a trophy or a medal.

But the main focus of the cook off was to raise money for scholarships.

Every year the competition raises thousands of dollars to help students pay for college.

"A couple years ago, we decided since it was so successful, we decided about five or six years ago, to add Lil' Chefs," said Dottie Bell, Board member of the Southern University Foundation. "Little boys like to cook too. So, we decided that and that was such a good thing, then the little girls wanted to join."

"A fundraiser that Southern University has been putting on for scholarships," said KTBS 3 Station Manager George Sirven. "It is a great way, not only helping the students of Southern, but also tasting some of this wonderful food."

Sirven was inducted into the Southern University Shreveport Foundation Hall of Fame Saturday night.

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