Local Celebrity Judges for Bake Off at Pioneer Day

Local Celebrity Judges Announced for the 125th Anniversary BAKE OFF during Pioneer Day

With a theme of “Old Fashioned Funfair,” the Paso Robles 125th Anniversary celebration is teaming up with Pioneer Day to bring a few new elements to the City Park during the 2014 Pioneer Day in honor of the city’s Quasquicentennial year, including a BAKE OFF with local celebrity judges.  The event takes place on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

In addition to the local favorite parade and other activities, there are a handful of fun elements planned to keep people in the park after the parade, including a street dance, an ale garden to benefit local nonprofits, old-fashioned kids’ games and a BAKE OFF.

Bake Off
Got a famous recipe for apple pie, cobbler or cupcakes? Bring your creation down to the park before the Pioneer Day parade for your chance to win bragging rights and recognition in the local media.

Entries will fall into one of three categories: Amateur, Professional and Youth (under 18). No charge to enter. See Bake Off Rules below for full details.

The Judges
Three judges will score each Bake Off entry on a scale of 1-10 on taste and appearance, with the highest composite score in each category being named the winner. The judges are:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Andre Averseng, the chef and owner of Paso Terra Seafood, spent 6 years as a pastry chef in France before coming to the US to work with the top chefs and taught at the top culinary schools in Los Angeles. He moved his successful restaurant to Paso Robles in 2003. He is an enthusiastic teacher and gives back to his community on a regular basis. In his “spare” time he does art and brews beer.

Brigit BinnsBrigit Binns is the author or co-author of twenty-eight cookbooks, 11 for Williams-Sonoma and editor of many more. After commuting between Paso Robles and New York State for a few years, Brigit now calls Paso her home full time. She recently published a cookbook called The New Wine Country: Recipes from California’s Central Coast, which celebrates all of the farmers, ranchers, winemakers and producers in Paso Robles and along the Central Coast.

Sarah Jester photoSarah Jester is the pastry chef at Artisan Restaurant at the corner of 12th and Pine Street. She has been cooking and baking professionally for 13 years and is a graduate of Chico State and Western Culinary Institute. She began her career at Artisan as a line cook, proved her mettle and has been the on-site pastry chef there for 2.5 years. She enjoys long walks and hikes with her boyfriend of 11 years and their yellow lab. She bakes in her free time.

 Contest Rules for Pioneer Day Bake Off

  1. Contestants can be amateurs, professionals or youth under the age of 18.
  2. Contestants may have more than one entry, but can only win one (1) prize.
  3. Submissions must be home cooked (not store bought).
  4. Types of desserts that may be entered:
  5. Apple pie
  6. Cobbler
  7. Cupcakes
  8. Please do not submit anything that requires refrigeration.
  9. All submissions will become property of the 125th Anniversary committee.
  10. Contestants may work individually or with a team. (Prizes will be awarded to 1 member/team only, NOT each individual on a team.)

Contest Day:

  • Check-in is from 9:00am to 10:00am on Pioneer Day, October 11, 2014, in the City Park gazebo.
  • The Contest Representative is Jennifer Bravo.

The Scoring System:

  • Each contestant will be assigned a number for judging. Submissions will be judged on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest.
  • You will be judged on taste and appearance.
  • The Contest Representative will tally all of the ballots. The contestant with the highest score in each category will be the winner of each category.

Rules are subject to change

About the 125th Anniversary Celebration: 2014 marks the 125th Anniversary of Paso Robles incorporating as a city, and the community is celebrating the occasion all year with 125th anniversary-themed events of all types. For a complete list of events celebrating the 125th anniversary throughout 2014, go to www.paso125.com.



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