The Other Side of the Hot Seat
There's a first time for everything. When you participate in cooking competitions, you are used to being the one in the "hot seat" while the judges do their business. So, when I was asked to be the judge for Philadephia magazine's first Great PhillyMag Cookoff! I was thrilled and honored to do so!
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Callahan, Executive Editor for Philadelphia magazine, at the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Vegas this past November. Inspired by the Bake-Off excitement, he decided to organize a casual in-house cookoff among the editors at the magazine. They each chose and prepared one of the 100 Pillsbury Bake-Off finalists' recipes. My job was to judge each dish on taste alone - no bribes accepted (and yes, they were offered)! This was going to be a tough job as everything looked and smelled delicious! Woo Hoo! Let the tasting begin!
The Big Decision!
After the tasting was complete, I was sequestered to ponder my decision. Whew! Judging proved to be challenging as everyone did a really great job. In the end, I chose 4 dishes that were not too sweet, not too salty and left me wanting more!
4th Place: Rich Rys, Fudgy Chocolate Hazlenut Bars
3rd Place: Sandy Hingston, Almond Cafe Cookies
2nd Place: Michael Wilson, Spicy Beef & Sweet Potato Samosas
1st Place: Art Etchells, Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad on Walnut Flatbread
The first place winner, Art Etchells, won a $100. gift card to Tashan Restaurant.
Thanks Philadelphia magazine! I had a great time!