Gingerbread House Competition - with Linda Yu
The decision of the winners for the 1st Gingerbread Contest at All Chocolate Kitchen to benefit Saving Tiny Hearts Society was difficult for the judges including ABC Channel 7's Linda Yu and Daily Herald's Anne Overboe.
- ALYSSA BINZ (Elgin)
- ADAM BLACKMORE
- JOSH AND RYAN DEARDORFF
- JASON HOLLY (Downers Grove)
- CORDOGAN CLARKS ASSOCIATES
- ROSALINDA LUSK also People Choice
The All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third S. in Geneva, in partnership with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, hosted the 1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition to benefit the Saving tiny Hearts Society at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Participants were challenged to use their creativity to create gingerbread houses constructed and composed entirely of edible materials and showcased on a base measuring no more than 12 inches by 8 inches with a maximum height of 20 inches. The evening marked also the two-year anniversary of the World’s Longest Candy Cane, made by Roby in 2012 and reaching 52 feet long.
In what has become a beloved tradition in Geneva, Roby created a 10-foot replica of the Guinness World Record-breaking candy cane to commemorate the anniversary and then broke the candy cane into tiny pieces with a “magical” golden hammer for guests to enjoy.
The competition hase been opened to youth (8 – 17 years) and adults (18 years and up). Entries were judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty and precision.
In the Adult Category, the grand-prize winner received a package from Chicago’s WLS TV, including two tickets to a taping of “Windy City Live” and a Gift Certificate to Hubbard Inn in Downtown Chicago. The second-prize winner received a private party for 10 at The All Chocolate Kitchen, featuring specialized desserts prepared by Roby himself ($350 value). The third-prize winner received a $50 gift certificate to the All Chocolate Kitchen.
In the Youth Category, the grand-prize winner received a private party for 10 at the All Chocolate Kitchen ($350 value). The second-prize winner received a fondue for 12 and a 12-piece Exclusive Aroma Line ($100 value). The third-prize winner received a $25 Gift Certificate to the All Chocolate Kitchen a copy of the Second Edition of “Alain Roby’s American Classics, Casual and Elegant Desserts” signed by Roby ($64 value).
First-, second- and third-place prizes and ribbons were awarded in both categories and featured on display at the All Chocolate Kitchen.
Beginning Dec. 4-6, the community had the possibility to vote for their favorite house for the People’s Choice Award in each category.
The winners were announced on Saturday, Dec. 6.