Registration for 2020 Gumbo Gladiators now open

So you think you can gumbo?!

  • Joel Rodgers

The next Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators isn’t until March 21, bu the time to sign up is now.

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Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators is an annual gumbo cook-off in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is the signature fundraiser for Volunteers for Youth Justice, a non-profit organization helping abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout Northwest Louisiana.

Team Registration for Gumbo Gladiator 2020 is up and ready. Click here to register.

Click here to see the rules.


Event location and Team space:

The event is located at Festival Plaza (Upper Pavilion Area) on Crockett Street between Market and Spring Streets in downtown Shreveport. Each team will have a 10 x 10 tented space. There will be additional room behind the tented area for storage.  Teams are encouraged to decorate their area with a theme to attract more attention and encourage a fun environment. Two tables and chairs per team will be provided and teams must furnish their cooking equipment including gas cookers. Electricity and shared sinks will be available.


Supplied Items:

VYJ will provide sampling cups, tasting utensils and napkins. VYJ will not provide rice. Supplies will be provided during the mandatory team meeting Saturday morning.  Additional supplies will be available at the RED BUILDING on site and VYJ volunteers will be coming around with additional supplies throughout the event.



Gumbo must be prepared on-site.  There are 3 categories for judging: Seafood, Chicken and Sausage and Lagniappe. Lagniappe will consist of any gumbo that does NOT fall into Seafood or Chicken and Sausage).  The  Roux must be made from scratch on-site. Do not use powdered or jar roux. Other ingredients, such as protein, veggies and stock may be prepared in advance. Spices and secret ingredients may be used for seasoning purposes.

Teams must prepare a minimum of 8 gallons of gumbo and provide your own rice. Teams must bring their own ladles for serving gumbo. Teams are required to provide samples (approx. ¼ cup) of their gumbo to the public (in the provided cups). Teams will collect TWO tickets for each sample given.


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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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