Crestview woman quits job, focuses on cooking

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 04:32 PM.

Stymied by ice

An ice storm that struck the area closed Northwest Florida Regional Airport and precluded her being in ABC's Times Square TV studios for her moment of triumph.

"I didn't even get to go! It was crazy," Williams said. "I was looking forward to going. And of course, the show was pre-empted here. I got the link later on to see it on Facebook."

After her victory was announced, heralded by a squad of school-age cheerleaders running through the GMA set, Williams appeared on the show via a Skype link from her Crestview kitchen.

Williams joins her "foodie friends" in Cooking Contest Central, an Internet group that follows recipe contest opportunities. In fact, she competed against a friend on the GMA contest.

"We have a lot of the same friends in common," Williams said. "We were up against hundreds of people in the nation but we were against each other too. That was kind of hard."

Williams said she'll keep submitting recipes as cooking contests that tickle her fancy are announced, using Roy, her husband of 32 years, as her chief taste-tester and food critic.

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