The first Rhode Island Food Fights event of 2015, the Great Cupcake Championship, was held this past Sunday, March 15th at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. Thirteen area bakers specializing in cupcakes competed to see who had the best, according to a panel of six culinary judges (which included this writer), along with competing for the People’s Choice. Three artistic awards, created by Ahlers Designs, were bestowed upon the winners.
According to judges, David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI, Chef Alberto Lopez of The Dorrance, Chef Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Chef Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections, Vanessa Volz of Sojourner House and Kristin Walcott of The Cupcakerie, first place went to Bake. Eat. Love. of Pawtucket. Judges’ second place went to new competitor, Edible Creations by Gerry of Westport, Massachusetts. The Lila Delman People’s Choice Award went to Providence’s Simply Baked. Congratulations to all the winners.
RI Food Fights was created and produced by Jim Nellis. John Taraborelli and Mike “Dink Martindale” Ritz entertainingly hosted the event.