Christmas came early this year at the studio. We were honored to host a bacon cook off for our friends at Checkmark, and Barb and I got to be judges. The third judge was Liz Schuster, executive chef of Tenacious Eats.
Like many people, I love all things bacon, which is my only qualification as a judge. That, plus the fact that I have a chef coat with my name on it. There were 15 entries, plus a few bacon items that were served separately from the competition. One of my favorites in the un-judged category was the bacon martini.
I was very impressed with the overall quality of the entries, especially the diversity of items. Sweet, savory, and umami were all covered. The cheftestants were encouraged to use the Steve Adams Studio prop wall, which they did thoughtfully.
We had three criteria to judge: best tasting, best presentation, and most unusual use of bacon.
There is a web gallery of the contestants and some of the guests here.
And the winners were:
Best Taste: Libby Davidson – Baconation
Best Presentation: Tish Dickson – Cuppies
Most Unusual Use of Bacon: Amy Shiller-Brown – PB and JJ (Peanut Butter and Jalapeño Jelly wrapped in bacon)
People’s Choice Award: Laura Tomlinson – Bacon shack