Enjoying the Sweet Taste of Success
American Pie Council announces the winners of the 17th Annual APC Crisco National Pie Championships, after 896 pies were judged by 174 pie experts.
Engagement Ring Pie took top honors in the Professional category as well as the Royal Wedding Pie category during the American Pie Council's 2011 championships.
courtesy American Pie Council
— The American Pie Council is as pleased as, well, pie, to announce the winners
of the 17th Annual APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships® held earlier this
month in Orlando, Florida. The pie competition is held each year in conjunction
with the Great American Pie Festival and the Never Ending Pie Buffet, an event that
draws an annual following of more than 32,000 pie lovers and features more than
87,000 slices of pie!
This year's pie
championships drew an astounding 896 entries in four divisions: Amateur,
Professional, Junior Chef and Commercial, and featured three exciting new
categories: ""Royal Wedding," Gluten-Free” and "Crisco
Innovations." The pies were judged by 174 pre-qualified volunteer chefs,
bakers and assorted pie aficionados.
"We want to
thank all those who traveled to Orlando
to participate in the 17th Annual APC/Crisco National Pie Championships®. The
creativity and skill demonstrated in all of the categories, but especially our
new categories – 'Royal Wedding,' Gluten-Free and 'Crisco Innovation' – were
truly inspiring, not to mention, mouthwatering!" says Linda Hoskins, APC's
executive director. "Congratulations to those who earned first, second,
third and honorable mentions, and especially to our Best in Show winners. It's
not uncommon for our bakers to pull all-nighters during the competition to
ensure that they're entering the 'perfect pie' and we truly appreciate their dedication
to their craft."
Wedding Pie category, which was only added for one year, challenged
professional bakers to use their imaginations to create a pie fit to serve
Prince William and Kate Middleton at their upcoming April nuptials. The winner
of the Royal Wedding Pie category, Bryan Ehrenholm of The Lunch Pail in Modesto, California,
also took the Professional division's Best in Show out of 142 entries for his
creation called "Engagement Ring Pie." Of his sweet confection,
Ehrenholm wrote, "The engagement ring worn by Kate Middleton is rich with
history and grace, symbolizing the eternal love of Diana for her son William
and William for his future Queen. So this pie is rich with history of English
walnuts and dates, graced by a meringue crust and topped with the deep color of
blueberries and encircled with the lightness of whip cream and diamond
Professional Best in Show win, Ehrenholm took home $5,000 in prize money, a new
Sears Kenmore range and a Crisco gift basket. He earned an additional $200 and
Crisco gift basket for taking first place in the Royal Wedding category.
place in the Royal Wedding category was, ironically, Susan Boyle – no, not the
British Susan Boyle who rose to worldwide fame on the TV show, "X-Factor,"
but a baker from DeBary, Florida, who also made a blueberry pie in honor of the
soon-to-be princess's engagement ring. She took home a Crisco gift basket for
her second-place win.
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