TWIN FALLS • Like to cook? Like to watch cooking shows? Those desires can be satisfied this Saturday at Lighthouse Christian Church in Twin Falls. Seven amateur cooks will showcase their favorite dishes to a panel of judges on Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations from participants and attendees will help fund the church’s mission to Cambodia in August.

“Every day, something new is happening and it’s awesome,” said church member Diana Thomas. “A restaurant supply house just donated some really pretty blue aprons.”

Thomas got the idea from the television show MasterChef, where amateur cooks compete in front of a panel of critics. Like MasterChef, a variety of cooks at the church will be judged on the plating, creativity and taste of their meals.

“It supports a good cause,” Thomas said, “Instead of sitting in front of the TV, why not com here and watch it live?”

The event attracted a diverse group so far. The cooks on the list include: A fireman who cooks for his firehouse, a 12-year-old ham baker, a message therapist and two single men.

Think your dish can beat theirs? Three spots are available to compete, but professionals are not allowed, Thomas said, just those who enjoy cooking. Styles so far include Italian, Dutch oven, crock pot and bachelor concoctions.

Judges will select three finalists to compete the following Saturday for prizes from Rudy’s — A Cook’s Paradise, Tubbs Berry Farm, Falls Brand and more.

A $25 donation is suggested for competition. The event is open to the public.

To sign up, call Diana Thomas at 208-731-0787, or email

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