Posted January 7, 2008 by CaJohn in Makers

It’s official. Ohio trumps Louisiana

From the Columbus Dispatch:
Beating them at their game

When he first entered the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival in Louisiana several years ago, John Hard, a Columbus maker of hot sauces, wasn’t feeling any Southern hospitality.

“They didn’t even think we grew peppers up here,” he recalled.

Then a funny thing happened: The owner of CaJohns won first place in three of the five categories, and a Buckeye was named grand champion in Cajun country.

“Nobody could believe (that) this guy they were making fun of (won),” said Hard, who sells his sauces at the North Market and online (

Two years later, in 2006, he took three more first-place prizes, and again became the grand champion.

“We went down there and kind of smoked ’em twice,” he mused.

The OSU fan hopes that his team will do the same.

His advice for bayou beatings: “Just believe in yourself, and stay with your game plan.”