Well folks, the web album has been up for a while, the judges have had a close look and the score-sheets are in. This month, your hard-working judges were Andrew, Ilva, Johanna and myself – and given the standard of the entries let me assure you that we certainly did have to work hard! I looked back at my scoresheet for a previous edition of the competition which I judged (in Feb 2006) and saw comments like “focus!!”, “this needs cropping” and “what’s the point?”. And the good news is that these basic errors now hardly feature in my comments to myself – the technical standard has just improved in leaps and bounds. That said, every competition has to have its winners and its losers… so let’s meet our winners!
Tied for first place were:
Lila Fuge‘s droolworthy salted caramel ice cream with fig compote
Rasa Malaysia‘s exquisitely composed steamed scallops with soy sauce and garlic oil.
Tied for second place were:
P’tit Miam Tout en Colour‘s beautifully restrained pineapple ginger refrigerator cheesecake
Le Petrin‘s delicious looking port tiramisu
And in third place was
1001 Recettes‘s serene coffee – what else?
Tied runners-upwere P’tit Miam Tout en Colour‘s pineapple ginger refrigerator cheesecake (pictured above) and
Coffee and Vanilla‘s picture-pertect blueberry muffin
In first place was Lila Fuge‘s salted caramel ice cream with fig compote (pictured above) and tied runners-up were P’tit Miam Tout en Colour‘s pineapple ginger refrigerator cheesecake (pictured above) and
For the Love of Food‘s funky IKEA kebabs.
To my great joy, Andrew also informed my that my hosting privileges extended to giving award “host awards” to highlight pictures that did not necessarily get the most points, but that I personally loved. Not to say that I did not love the winners above, of course, but two pictures that appealed to me from the first time I saw them were:
Thyme for Food‘s acorn squash and cookies gelato
Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once‘s Fractal Romanesco broccoli
And that, as they say, is all folks. Congratulations to all the worthy winners and thank you very much to all those who participated, especially to those participants with whom I had lovely e-mail conversations. I have discovered new blogs, revisited old favourites and been inspired by all your beautiful pictures. See you next month when Bake or Break will be hosting!