ABOUT

A celebration of Southern craftsmanship, the Made in the South Awards is our annual hunt for the best Southern-made products in six categories—food, drink, outdoors, crafts, style, and home. A panel of Garden & Gun editors and guest judges will choose a winner and three runners-up in each category—as well as one overall winner. Those selected will appear in the pages of our December 2016/January 2017 issue.

The overall winner will claim a $10,000 prize.

Any Southern artisan or business with a product that will be available through January 2017 is eligible.
Entries accepted through July 15, 2016.
Products must be made in the South and fall under one of the below categories:

See contest rules for more information.

HOME

HOME

STYLE

STYLE

CRAFTS

CRAFTS

FOOD

FOOD

DRINK

DRINK

OUTDOORS

OUTDOORS


“Enter these Awards. You’ll be amazed at how even a mention will change your life. And you know what, you don’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.”— Fisk Knives, Jerry Fisk (Nashville, AR)

MEET THE JUDGES

Alton Brown - Food

Alton Brown - Food

Marietta, Georgia

Amateur scientist, cook, and comic—Alton Brown spent fourteen seasons at the helm of his revolutionary food show, Good Eats, which made the Georgia-raised culinary showman a household name. During the same period, he hosted Iron Chef America and penned seven books. In 2013, Brown launched The Edible Inevitable tour, a traveling gastronomic variety show. Today, he anchors Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen; his latest book, EveryDayCook, is headed to stores in September; and he has a new live show, Eat Your Science.
Darryl Carter - Home

Darryl Carter - Home

Washington, D.C.

Lawyer turned interior designer Darryl Carter’s distinctive, unadorned style and his ability to combine the deeply traditional with the daringly modern have earned him an international A-list clientele. They have also led to collections with big-name partners, including Benjamin Moore and the Urban Electric Co. as well as two design books and a storefront in Washington, D.C.’s up-and-coming Shaw neighborhood that offers everything from hand-thrown dinnerware to custom upholstery to rare antiques.
Natalie Chanin - Crafts

Natalie Chanin - Crafts

Florence, Alabama

Natalie Chanin switched from costume design for film to fashion with a modest line of heirloom clothing sewn from organic cotton by Alabama textile workers. Today, her company, Alabama Chanin, includes locally produced ready-to-wear collections and a brick-and-mortar location called the Factory, which also houses a café and an event space. She recently launched the School of Making, which includes hands-on workshops and a manufacturing facility open to textile companies seeking responsible U.S.-based production.
Alba Huerta - Drink

Alba Huerta - Drink

Houston, Texas

Today, she might be one of the most talked about bartenders in Texas—if not the country—but Alba Huerta did not become a master mixologist overnight. At age twenty (in Texas you can legally serve at eighteen), she took her first bartending gig and then worked in Las Vegas before returning to Houston as the general manager at Anvil Bar & Refuge. She has since helped open two more critically acclaimed bars: the Pastry War and Julep. Huerta is working on her first cocktail book.
T. Edward Nickens - Outdoors

T. Edward Nickens - Outdoors

Raleigh, North Carolina

An expert sportsman and the author of a collection of outdoor guides, including The Total Outdoorsman Manual, Nickens puts his vast sporting knowledge to good use with his sixth appearance as a Made in the South Awards judge. He’s also a frequent Garden & Gun contributor—assignments have taken him from the quail fields of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the wilds of the Florida Everglades—but he’s happiest sitting in a duck blind with his black Lab named Minnie Pearl.
Lela Rose - Style

Lela Rose - Style

New York, New York

The Dallas-bred, New York–based clothing designer’s high-end womenswear brand encompasses a diverse ready-to-wear collection as well as bridal and bridesmaid lines, which are sold in luxury boutiques and department stores from Mobile, Alabama, to the Middle East. In 2011, she opened a flagship shop in Dallas. Rose’s retro feminine silhouettes have attracted marquee names the likes of Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, Mindy Kaling, Amy Adams, and even the Duchess of Cambridge.