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All-star lineup to put palates to work at the Rice Expo Rice Recipe Contest

By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

    • Third annual Rice Expo Recipe Contest happens Aug. 7
    • Judging panel includes Stuttgart editor, food writer and Little Rock native

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LITTLE ROCK – This year’s Arkansas Rice Expo has an all-star lineup of judges who will put their palates to the test for the Rice Recipe Contest. 


Rice Expo Judges   This year’s judges, in alphabetical order:

  MEREDITH MITCHELL, KTHV-TV -- Meredith Mitchell is a    hometown girl, a Little Rock native who came back to THV   11 in May of 2007 as weekend weather anchor and weather  reporter. 

The Little Rock Central High School grad first came to THV 11 as an intern while attending the University of Arkansas. After graduation, she began her broadcasting career in

Prilovsky, Mitchell, Shuler: 2015 Rice Expo Judges 

Joplin, Missouri, as weekend weather anchor and reporter for KSNF-TV. Meredith's interest in meteorology began at a young age, studying and researching the effects weather has on our daily lives.

Meredith is a die-hard Razorback fan and enjoys watching all Razorback sports.

STEPHANIE FISCHER PRISLOVSKY, Stuttgart Daily Leader – Stephanie Fischer Prislovsky is spending her final day as editor of the Stuttgart Daily Leader and GateHouse Media’s regional desk as a contest judge. Born and raised in Stuttgart, she grew up on a farm just south of own where her grandfather, father and brother still farm about 1,300 acres. The Arkansas State graduate worked media relations for the athletic departments at ASU and Notre Dame before working at the Conway Log Cabin Democrat. In June, Stephanie married Sam Prislovsky, who, with his father, farms about 2,000 acres in Prairie and Arkansas counties. 

“Rice is by far one of my favorite foods, and I would probably eat it four or five times a week if I could!” she said.

STEVE SHULER, Sync Magazine -- Steve Shuler is a food critic with Sync Magazine and the host of the Little Rock Foodcast, a podcast discussing food and drink in the Little Rock area. An avid food lover, Steve has spent years studying Southern recipes and food culture, particularly barbecue. When he’s not eating or writing about food, Steve works as a video producer and writer for AFMC, a Little Rock health care organization. Steve lives in Little Rock with his wife and daughter.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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