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Austin's best queso crowned at Mohawk's Quesoff IV

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Ice cream queso at Quesoff IV
The ice cream queso created by the Cream Team.  Photo by Ryan Lakich
Freedmen's queso at Quesoff IV 2014
Freedmen's winning brisket queso. Photo by Ryan Lakich
Freedmen's chefs with Quesoff trophy for meaty queso
Freedmen's won the Best Meaty Recipe category as well as Best in Show. Photo courtesy of Mohawk/Facebook
Austin Facial Hair Club with beard chips at Quesoff IV 2014
Member of the Austin Facial Hair Club . Photo by Ryan Lakich
Quesoff IV competitors with cheese hats
Competitors came out in their cheesiest outfits to match their dishes. Photo by Ryan Lakich
Con Queso competitors at Quesoff IV
The new wild card category let interesting queso combos shine. Photo by Ryan Lakich
Cheesy-E at Quesoff IV
Celebrities such as Cheesy-E came out to show off their queso recipes.  Photo by Ryan Lakich
Patrick Waites and Adi Anand with judges at Quesoff IV
Quesoff organizers Patrick Waites, left, and Adi Anand welcomed guests to the fourth annual Quesoff. Photo by Ryan Lakich
Top Golf queso at Quesoff IV at mohawk
Fans of queso walked away as the day's big winners. Photo by Ryan Lakich
Ice cream queso at Quesoff IV
Freedmen's queso at Quesoff IV 2014
Freedmen's chefs with Quesoff trophy for meaty queso
Austin Facial Hair Club with beard chips at Quesoff IV 2014
Quesoff IV competitors with cheese hats
Con Queso competitors at Quesoff IV
Cheesy-E at Quesoff IV
Patrick Waites and Adi Anand with judges at Quesoff IV
Top Golf queso at Quesoff IV at mohawk

On Saturday, the Quesoff wrapped up another successful year highlighted by all-you-can-eat queso and cheesy concoctions beyond our wildest dreams. More than 20 teams — from home cooks to professional chefs — competed in the competition held at the Mohawk.

Local businesses including Justine’s, Frank, Top Golf and Pelons were joined by independent queso cooks for a battle of the best queso, to be determined by a panel of celebrity judges.

Judges — Elaine Garza of Giant Noise, Bobby Johns of the Bunkhouse Group, Andy Langer of 93.3 KGSR, Black Angels lead singer Alex Maas and Courtney Bond of Texas Monthly — crowned winners in four categories: Best Meaty Recipe, Best Spicy Recipe, Best Veggie Recipe and Best Wild Card recipe. The winners are as follows. 

Freedmen’s: Best Meaty Recipe and Best in Show
Queso Beso: Best Spicy Recipe
Frank: Best Veggie Recipe
Cream Team: Best Wild Card recipe for ice cream queso

But once again, the real winners of the day were the crowds of queso fans who got to sample some of the best cheese dip that Austin has to offer.

The Cream Team's wild card ice cream queso may be the best addition to the Quesoff, showing that queso can, in fact, qualify as dessert. Another crowd favorite was the mole queso infused with coffee and served on a churro, created by the Hubert's Lemonade team. 

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