An area chef showed off his skills by making his mother's signature peach cobbler.
Norm Weaver knows his way around a kitchen. His father was a baker and his mother loved to cook at home. So when his food supplier suggested he enter a cooking competition, he knew exactly what to make.
"My mom, when we were young, would make this cobbler, you know, peach cobbler is traditional,” Weaver said. “But she would add a little twist to it; she would add fresh pineapple.”
Weaver thinks his mother's recipe is not only a neat twist on a classic, but a perfect opportunity to honor her memory.
"My mom passed back in March, so I thought this would be a memorable tribute to her."
Weaver's tribute was good enough to win the Indianapolis division of US Foods Next Top Product competition.
"They called and said hey you won the division for Indianapolis and I was like 'okay.'"
The cobbler is now moving onto the regional competition, where it will face off against dishes from Wisconsin to Kentucky. People can vote for the dishes online and if Weaver's dessert survives the next two rounds, he'll win $5,000 and have his mom's cobbler become a nationally distributed product.
"It's pretty humbling for me just to make it to this point. To compete with chefs around the country, it's very special."
More than the prize money or the notoriety, Weaver sees his recent success as another sweet lesson passed down from his mom.
"I know that she would be proud because she started it and I always remembered it. So that's kind of where it's at."
And if she were here today, Norm Weaver knows just what she would say: "I told you people would like it."
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