WCU Professor and Son Win Stovetop Hero Cooking Video Contest
Dr. Julie Smith-Rogers, associate professor of biological sciences at William Carey University, and her 12-year-old son, Brady, recently won the Stove Top Hero Cooking Video Contest cooking “Julie’s Mardi Gras Pasta.” Dr. Smith-Rogers has a blog entitled “Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom” through which she shares some of her favorite family-friendly recipes. One of the persons associated with the contest made a comment on the Food Network Facebook page about one of her recipes, and encouraged her to submit a video. After the mother and son’s cooking video won, they decided to donate the winnings to the Mississippi Homes of Hope for Children, which is a Christian shelter that houses and counsels neglected children.
This is not the first time she and her son have gained fame. In 2009, Dr. Smith-Rogers and Brady published the children’s book “The Culinary Capers of Canon & Lily: Canon Grows a Garden.” The children’s story tells the tale of a little girl named Lily who shows a moose named Canon how to plant a garden and grow his own food.
Dr. Smith-Rogers and her husband have four children; Nicholas, Brady, Canon, and Lily.