Continuing in my tradition of years past, I am about to share, all in one place, ALL of the CookieCon 2020 Sugar Show winners! How fab is that?!
First, a huge thanks to Karen and Mike Summers, CookieCon founders and organizers extraordinaire, for helping to make this post happen. Each year, like clockwork, while they're still reeling in the aftermath of the show, they send me the actual pages from their awards presentation, making it super simple for me to put together this post. Again, how fab is that?!
And talking about fab . . . all of the entries and winners, of course, were nothing short of that this year.
But, before I reveal those who took home prizes, a few notes about how the Sugar Show was structured and judged, just so you know what to make of all this info! First, people entered pieces into four themed categories, not including the Derby hat cookie collaboration, which was another cookie act unto itself. Those categories included: Home Sweet Home (representations of one's hometown); All in a Day's Work (representations of one's actual work or dream job); Anything Goes (cookies of any theme or inspiration); and Mystery Shape (cookies decorated at CookieCon on a shape that was a surprise to everyone). People also entered in three self-declared skill level categories: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each entry had to contain no more than six cookies, and all categories (except Mystery Shape) were judged against five criteria: (1) initial impression, (2) color palette, (3) execution of techniques, (4) creativity, and (5) practicality. The expert panel of judges included these three fine cookie artists . . .
In addition to being judged, a popular vote was taken in each category, and people's choice awards were bestowed on those garnering the most votes. Oh, and I almost forgot, each core instructor (plus, a couple of others) awarded a prize to his/her favorite cookie in the show. Phew! All in, over $5,000 in cash prizes were handed out across all of these many, many categories!
If I haven't already inundated you with too much show background, then please jump over to the CookieCon site for all of the finer points.
Now, onto what you've all been waiting for . . . the BIG reveal! You're about to be hit with LOTS of photos, so I promise to share them quickly without much further ado . . . One heads-up, though: the photos are a bit small once uploaded to this site, so if you're interested in appreciating the finer details of any piece, go to "Attachments" at the end of this post. If you click on any given photo, it will blow up to a larger size. If that size doesn't do the trick, then I encourage you to find the cookie artist on social media, congratulate her/him, and inquire about the work directly. In fact, congratulating these folks might be a cool thing to do in any scenario!
Home Sweet Home
All in a Day's Work
Instructor's Choice (Plus, a Couple of Others!)
That's a wrap! Congrats to all of the many talented and deserving winners.
To everyone reading to the end, I hope you enjoyed this recap! Moreover, I hope it's encouraged you to enter next time - which is, wait . . . not in 2021, but in 2020! Yes, you heard that right! Karen and Mike have decided to do ANOTHER CookieCon in September 2020. How fab is that?!
One last note: "Normal" Saturday Spotlights will resume next week, unless I surprise you with another show recap (yes, there is one in the works . . .)