BPS to host 10th annual Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off

Branded Cook-Off cup with sunset background

The date of the Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off was changed due to Hurrican Ian. The new date is Friday, October 28, 2022.

The 10th annual Bridges Preparatory School (BPS) Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off is scheduled for Friday, September 30. The event will be held at Widgeon Point Preserve from 5:00-9:00 PM. 

Hosted by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off is the longest-standing fundraising event in BPS history. For the past 10 years, this event has helped support and purchase student computers, academic programs, and playground equipment. This year, funds raised from the Cook-Off will be used to enhance the student experience. 

“This event provides an opportunity for us to celebrate all that we have accomplished,” PTO President Kim Gardner said. “More than just a beautiful campus, Bridges has graduated three classes and continues to make a positive impact on students throughout the Lowcountry.”

Five of the best chefs from the Lowcountry will participate in this event, including previous Cook-Off runner-ups and winners. The chefs participating in this year's event are: Curtis Epps, Jeremy Halker, Stephen Hunt, Russ Regina, and Tahja Washington.

Last year’s winner, Chef Stephen Hunt, is excited to be joining the Cook-Off again this year. “Win or lose, I am grateful for the opportunity to support Bridges students and staff. I look forward to seeing everyone there!”

The PTO has worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s Cook-Off is one of the best. In addition to shrimp and grits, Mother Smokin’ Good BBQ and Hilton Head Tap Truck will be available with food and drinks for purchase. Sea Island Jam will play hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. 

“We wanted to make sure there was a little something for everyone,” Gardner said. “This is such a great event that brings our community together to support student experiences while enjoying a signature Lowcountry dish.”

Over the past 10 years, the Cook-Off has evolved much like the school. Even after all this time, the focus of this event is still to support Bridges Preparatory School and provide the students with an exceptional educational experience. 

“Bridges Preparatory School has experienced tremendous growth and change over the years. As we continue to grow, we will not lose sight of what makes us special with the development of a strong school community, relationships, and a family atmosphere,” CEO Gary McCulloch said. “The Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off is a great event that unites our school community and gives our parents an opportunity to meet new friends and strengthen our school family.”


Parents interested in volunteering for the PTO are encouraged to attend the first public PTO meeting on September 13 at 6:00 PM in the High School Media Center. Tickets for the Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off can be purchased at: https://bridgespto.squarespace.com/shrimpandgritscookoff