Food Festival Spotlights National Pie Championships
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Citrus, Bev Johnson, Minnesota, Summer Breeze Pie
Best of Show and First Place, Cream, John Sunvold, Orlando, Florida, Peg's Banana Cream Supreme Pie
Custard, Pat Lapiezo, La Mesa, California, Raspberry Almond Bliss Custard Pie
Fruit & Berry, Carol Socier, Bay City, Minnesota, Blast of Berries Fruit Combo Pie
Gluten Free, Cordella LaRoe, Eustis, Florida, 3 Cheese Pumpkin Pie
Innovation, Evette Rahman, Orlando, Florida, Strawberry Kiwi Green Tea Pie
Nut, Savannah Kreinhagen, Palm Bay, Florida, Sweet Southern Pecan Pie
Open, Pat Lapiezo, La Mesa, California, Salted Caramel Mocha Crunch Pie
Peanut Butter, Janet Ropp, Edgewater, Florida, Savannah Daydreamin'
Cream Cheese, Grace Thatcher, Delta, Ohio, Drop Dead Gorgeous Strawberry Pie
Pumpkin, Alberta Dunbar, San Diego, California, Pumpkin Chocolate Surprise Pie
Raisin, Francine Bryson, Pickens, South Carolina, White Chocolate Raisin Nut Pie
No Sugar Added, Carol Socier, Bay City, Michigan, Jerry's Favorite Creamy Strawberry/Banana Pie
Sweet Potato, Jennifer Nystrom, Morrow, Ohio, Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Pie
The four Junior Chef categories included Chocolate Cream, Cream, Fruit & Berry and Open. Fourteen-year-old Ana Ramirez, of Polk City, Florida, took Best of Show for her cream category entry, Spider Monkey Peanut Butter Pie.
This is the first year Ramirez has entered the competition, but she's no stranger to the APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships. Her grandmother, Jeanne Ely, has entered the baking competition for years and has taken home a Best of Show award in the Amateur division in the past. This year, Ely took home first place in the Crisco® Classic Chocolate Cream category. Ramirez's sister also has competed in the pie championships in past years.
To prepare for the prestigious contest, the teen baked a pie every Sunday night for the last four or five months, asking her family for feedback and making adjustments until they agreed that this recipe could just be a winner. As to the imaginative name for the pie, Ramirez says, "Some of my friends and I call one of our other friends 'Spider Monkey' so the name is kind of an inside joke. My grandma and I were just sitting there and came up with the idea to use that name for the pie."