As I promised last night, I'm back with a belated, but much anticipated Saturday Spotlight: the grand reveal of the 2015 Cake Masters Magazine Cookie Award winner! (Some of you may have already caught the official Cake Masters reveal on Periscope last night around 3 am Birmingham, England time. As much as I tried to prop my eyelids open 'til that time, I just couldn't . . . so my apologies for the after-the-fact reporting. Hopefully, it's still on time for many of you!)
First, for those not following the minute-by-minute details of this competition, here's a quick recap . . . Cake Masters hosts an annual awards contest, dubbed the Oscars of the Cake World, in which sugar artists in several categories are recognized - cookies being just one of them. A few weeks ago, finalists in each of these categories were announced, along with the judging panel. I bet you'll recognize many, if not all, of these finalists in my personal favorite category - cookies!
(For more about all of the deserving finalists, judges, and the judging process, check out this previous Cookie Connection post.)
As noted at the outset of this post, just late last night, the winners were announced in true red-carpet style at The NEC in Birmingham. I'm still eagerly awaiting the official written report of the winners to appear on the Cake Masters website, but, in the meantime, you can see the Periscope recap, delivered by a radiant Rosie, Editor of Cake Masters Magazine, shortly after the ceremony's star-studded after-party. Just click here!
But if you'd rather cut to the chase, please read on!
In her recap, Rosie reveals that the 2015 Cookie Award winner is none other than . . .
. . . our beloved Honeycat Cookies, aka Lucy Samuels! Way to go, Lucy! I am thrilled for you! Below is a pic of Lucy giving her video acceptance speech at the awards ceremony.
And here's her actual acceptance speech.
(To view the speeches of the other winners, jump on over to the Cake Masters YouTube channel.)
I'm sure most of you know Lucy's work well, but if not, here are a few reminders of her incredible work that earned her this title (with a couple of my personal faves of hers thrown in).
As Lucy noted in her acceptance speech, she is now in Venice enjoying a wedding anniversary celebration (and now this!) with her husband, but do take a few moments to give her a huge round of applause! I'm sure she'll appreciate the congrats when she finally reconnects to email later next week. Kudos as well to all of the finalists - each is clearly a winner in her own right!
Last, but not least, more about the lovely Lucy here:
Cookie photo credits: Lucy Samuels
Other Cake Masters photo credits: Courtesy of Cake Masters Magazine