TASTE BUDS BEST CHEF
By Teri Bayus
Hosted at the Inspired Expo of Paso Robles
aking is a science combining art and love. Those who rise to the top of their game are wizards who can create delicious concoctions that bring forth smiles and memories.
Taste Buds brought together the best bakers in the county to compete in three categories. The panel of judges consisted of professional food writers, editors and a couple of sweet connoisseurs. They each had to taste each item and judge them on Presentation, Creativity, and Use of Items. Bakers competed in three categories: 1. Signature Bake - Bakers can make anything using ingredients from the Talley Box of fruit, plus anything they would like to add to the recipe. 2. Technique - All contestants were given the same recipe and judged on presentation and taste. 3. Holiday Show Stopper - A holiday-inspired baked good. Each baker took the stage and plated their creations for the live audience, who then got to try and vote on their favorite dish. The bakers offered two of their best recipes: a Signature Bake & Holiday Show Stopper. Each had to use items from the Talley Fresh Harvest Box, which included plums, grapes, avocados, lemons and raspberries. The audience all learned new techniques and got to sample each sweet creation. Meet Some of the Bakers Willette Vey of the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo, CA Winner of the Judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice