Where Rice Is King, And Queens Throw Cow Pies

Byron Gautreau waves a plastic forkful of shrimp-and-rice casserole under his nose. He opens his mouth and savors the morsel. "Can you feel the pecan behind it?" he asks his co-judge. A second bite, and he's not so sure. "It's got too much of an artificial taste," he says, looking at the recipe tucked underneath the casserole. The culprit: Liquid Smoke.

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