Since embarking on this journey to become a self taught chef, I quickly learned that I want to surround myself with other food bloggers and chefs that knew more about food than me. The Cupcake Contest was a bonding experience for the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Alliance. I feel like we’re getting to know each other more with each event that we experience together. I appreciate the bloggers’ opinions and palates, and often trust their tastes more than my own. I really like this group of men and women. Every member of the group is truly excited to learn about food, to eat food and to experience food.
In addition to the positive energy of the food bloggers, listening to Chef Christian Balbierer speak was an absolute treat (he is the lead chef at Chocolate Pink). Chef Christian embodies a passion for his craft in creating desserts that you don’t see everyday. Every cupcake is made from scratch; even the delicate garnishes on each cupcake are hand-crafted. I admire Chef Christian’s enthusiasm for his art, and I want to be like him. I have a new appreciation for recipe creation and the art of dessert presentation. I thought it was hilarious when someone asked Chef Christian why he became a pastry chef, “To meet girls” was his response. Ha! He said he met his wife through is career, and seduced her with a dessert. Nice.
Let me disclose the winners of the Cupcake Challenge – and who the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Alliance chose as the winners for each category:
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Photo by Kristina Akerman
Most Unique (In a Good Way)
Pumpkin Maple with Bacon
Next week I will be posting the recipe for the winning cupcake . . . Chocolate Peanut Butter! Thank YOU so much Chocolate Pink - I can't wait to make this award winning cupcake.
Until then, a gift from Chocoalte Pink to my readers . . . a FREE Cupcake. No purchase necessary, just print the coupon and use it before December 31st 2010.