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!
This is fantastic. Thanks, Jack, for recreating my recipe. They look fabulous! So sorry you didn’t win. 🙂
They were yummy Sonya! Jack did a great job!
We had so much fun, Tina! Thank you SO MUCH for slogging through the cold and snow to be our judge. Next year!
I had a blast too Sandy! Glad you made it though the traffic & parking garage monsters!
So much fun–thanks for sharing Tina!!
Was fun Brett! We need a Philly food adventure soon!
Thank you, Tina! Glad you liked my chili 🙂
I could go for some right now Emily – my feet are frozen!
How fun!! I do not know how you ate that all yourself–I know small bites.
It wasn’t easy, but someone had to do it ( :
How fun! Thanks Brian Howard for choosing my crostata! I can see how difficult it was for the PBO judges…everything looks so good (I can attest to the fabulousness of those samosas, as I got to try them).
Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll definitely make it again.
It was delicious Cathy! Brian did a great job!
So Cool! Honored to have my recipe chosen for the competition.
I loved Michael’s swirls on the top! Cool, creamy & dreamy recipe!
I’ve made the blueberry crostini before and it was a huge hit. Great way to use up all of the blueberries from my summertime farm share.
You’re right it is a great way – can’t believe how many you can cram in there!! LOL!
Thanks for doing this, Tina. And thanks for the kind words about the crostata!
Was a really fun way to spend my lunchtime!! Yum!
What a fun idea! So glad my little puffs got to be apart of it 🙂 I miss Philly!
Your little puffs were awesome!! Malcolm did a great job with them ( :