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December 28, 2023

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704-484-1047 Our 40th Year • Issue No. 52 • December 28, 2023 "IN GOD WE TRUST" 2 for $ 5 Singles 5 1/3 lb: Doubles Add fries and a drink! Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Lovers Lovers 2 for $ 7 Doubles We Appreciate Your Business and We Are Here to Serve You. THANK THANK YOU! YOU! MON.-SAT. 10am-10pm • SUNDAY 11am-10pm DQ.COM DQ.COM 814 S. DEKALB ST. • SHELBY, NC 704-482-6681 704-482-6681 Blizzard of the Month Candy Cane Chill Blizzard ™ TREAT Frosted Sugar Cookie Blizzard ™ TREAT Seven-year-old Lawndale youngster is a Dutch Oven cooking champion! National Dutch Oven Gathering 2023 Youth cook-off Champion wins first place second year in a row by MICHAEL E. POWELL CF Media There really isn't a certain age when a child learns to (or even wants to, for that matter) cook, but as Courtney and Seth Dedmond of Lawndale know, all it takes is the desire. Oh, yeah, a little bit of talent and innate skill doesn't hurt either. Take for example their seven-year-old genius chef, Gabriel, a.k.a., Gabe. This is one talented little gourmand who isn't afraid to tackle the hard things in the culinary arts and has proven his skill as one mean Dutch Oven empresario. He has further proven his met- tle, she recently noted, by win- ning a number of contests and cook-offs and is looking forward to entering in, and winning, even more in 2024! Gabriel's mom, Courtney, wrote to the Shopper, "My hus- band, Seth, and I have always camped. When Gabe was three, we got in touch with Southeast Campers, a local Dutch Oven cooking group." She said Gabe would always "…try to help us cook as we were outside," and it just took off from there. Courtney said her husband was born and raised in Lawn- dale, NC, adding she is from Florida and moved to North Carolina in 2016. "Gabriel has two older sis- ters, Olivia and Sophie," said Mrs. Dedmond, who added, "Neither of them cook but they do come and support when they can." The way all this with Gabe and his love for Dutch Oven cooking came about, noted Courtney, is, "In 2022 we went to the National Dutch Oven gathering in Hanover, Pennsyl- vania, for us to just enjoy. (At the) last minute, Gabe informed us that he wanted to cook in the youth competition. "At the age of six, he won the youth division making a Shep- herd Pie and a Pineapple Up- side-down Cake." She continued, "We practiced more with Gabe to get ready for the 2023 competition in Rayne, LA, where he won at the age of seven, cooking a Flank Steak Pinwheel and a Pineapple Upside-down Cake with a rum glaze. "This astounded us," said mom, Courtney, as the event is a five-hour event. Both parents have noted, "Now, we are next off to Mitchell, Indiana, (in) 2024 (where he will compete at the age of 8)." See CHAMPION, Page 4 Young chef Gabriel Dedmond, of Lawndale, covering his flank steak with his own special rub and concoction at a Dutch Oven competi- tion, which he won. (photos provided) Young Dutch Oven chef Gabriel Dedmond, is shown here at the Hanover, PA, competition, held in September of 2022. Gabe Dedmond hard at work preparing his award-winning Flank Steak Pinwheels and Pineapple Upside Down cake with a Rum Glaze at an earlier Dutch Oven cooking competition. Seven-year-old Lawndale cook Gabriel Dedmond in competition at Rayne, LA, in 2023. Next up, say his parents: Indiana in 2024! Junior chef Gabriel Dedmond working on his Pineapple Upside Down Cake at a competition earlier this year. TEACHERS NEEDED $ 9 00 to $ 15 00 "Based on Experience & Education" "Based on Experience & Education" APPLY IN PERSON KIDS WORLD CHILD Development Center 1152 WYKE RD., SHELBY, NC 704-471-1717 per hour

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