Lexington chefs compete to cook the best meal made with SPAM

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) There's going to be a Food Network-style cooking competition at Marshall Hall on VMI's campus.

Three Lexington chefs are going to see who can cook the best meal with foods available during World War II, with one very special ingredient: SPAM, perhaps America's most infamous meat product.

It was developed during World War II to provide protein in a form that wouldn't go bad over time.

The George C. Marshall Foundation, along with the local chamber of commerce, is holding a cook off to see just what one can do with the stuff.

Local chef John Stallard will act as an emcee in a cook off patterned after reality TV competitions.

George Huger, a chef, said, "I swore I'd never do a thing like this, and I don't know how I got talked into it."

In the Southern Inn, one competitor - chef and owner George Huger - usually serves up more elegant dishes.

"Well, we're going to try to make it at least edible," Huger said.

But that's a little rough. SPAM is actually rather popular.

Stallard said, "It's got a huge following, apparently, because otherwise it wouldn't be around as long as it has."

The three chefs who will be facing off have been giving it some thought.

Huger said, "I'm sure we will all try to put some herbs on it or make some kind of glaze to try to coat it with a little something to give it some flavors."

Stallard said, "It's going to be interesting, because I think all three chefs are incredible, and like I said, I know all three of them and they're going to each bring their own style."

And it should be a lot of fun.

"We'll see what happens," Huger said.