For over 20 years, the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce has hosted a successful, highly anticipated, and competitive culinary event, Soirée Royale. This event invites chefs from throughout Acadiana to compete for 1st place in seven categories including appetizer, chocolate, dessert, meat, seafood, soup, and yam. Participants get to sample their signature dishes and cast their vote for People's Choice. The competition is open to only certified, licensed, and insured, chefs/restaurants and caterers. This annual event serves as a fundraiser for the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce and provides funding for the Chamber's college scholarship program. The competition will take place in Opelousas, Louisiana at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino.