The third RI Food Fights event, the Spectacular Cookie Smackdown, took place this past Sunday, December 9, 2012. A sold out crowd descended upon Fête in Providence to sample the best cookies in Rhode Island. Fifteen area bakers competed to see who had the greatest cookie, according to a panel of four culinary judges (which included this writer), along with competing for the People’s Choice. Three awards, created by Ahlers Designs, and an honorable mention were announced by the time cookie devouring ended.
According to judges Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s, Chef Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections and David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI. First place went to Eye Cookies, a custom-order cookie baker from Barrington, for their “Gangnam Style” frosted chocolate cookie. Second place went to Dizzie Lizzie’s Cookies of Warwick for a their salted oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookie. The judges’ Honorable Mention went to Flour Girls Baking Company of nearby Marion, Massachusetts and the People’s Choice award went to Kami Cakes of Johnston for their macaron. Congratulations to all the winners.
RI Food Fights was created and produced by Jim Nellis. Mike Ritz and John Taraborelli very entertainingly hosted the event, and Jess Powers of Fête provided the very important task of cookie delivery to the judging stage.