Biscuit Bake-Off Contest
International Biscuit Festival Bake-Off Contest Winners Announced
The International Biscuit Festival has announced the winners of the 2013 Biscuit Bake-Off Contest, held May 18, 2013 in downtown Knoxville. Christopher Lowe of Johnson City, TN was named Grand Champion for his “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit.”
“Christopher’s Biscuit was outstanding! He beat out some of the toughest competition we have ever had,” said Chris Kahn, chair of the 2013 Biscuit Bake-Off.
Beginning in February of this year, Biscuit bakers from across the country submitted recipes in four contest categories: Sweet Biscuits, Savory Biscuits, Special Biscuits and Student Biscuits. The top three finalists in each category were chosen to bake live in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of Biscuit lovers. The Grand Prize Winner was chosen from the winners of the four Biscuit categories.
Pillsbury® is a sponsor of the International Biscuit Festival and participated in the judging of the Bake-Off Contest.
The complete results are:
Grand Prize Winner – Christopher Lowe – “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit”
First Place – Special Category Christopher Lowe – “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit”
Second Place – Special Category Erin Carlini – “Kimchi Bulgolgi Biscuit”
Third Place – Special Category Kim Stapleton – “Blueberry Peach French Toast Biscuit”
First Place – Student Category Megan Fleming – “’Big Orange’ Biscuit”
Second Place – Student Category Auden Cole – “Auden’s Buttermilk Blaster”
Third Place – Student Category Ava Schott – “The Best Biscuits in the Whole Entire World”
First Place – Savory Category Matt Sandbank – “Paige’s Family Dinner Biscuit”
Second Place – Savory Category James Hayes – “Persuasion Biscuit”
Third Place – Savory Category Sheldon Rudisill – “Ooh La La Onion Biscuit”
First Place – Sweet Category Jackie Hardin –“Lemon Lime Pecan Sticky Biscuit”
Second Place – Sweet Category Susan Reid – “Caramel Apple Biscuit”
Third Place – Sweet Category Tammy Love – “Cinnamon-Vanilla Nut Coffeehouse Biscuit”
The International Biscuit Festival 2013 Biscuit Bake-Off
The International Biscuit Festival Biscuit Bake-Off, seeks biscuit recipes in four categories: Savory Biscuits, Sweet Biscuits, Special Biscuits, and Student Biscuits (Students must be 18 years of age or under).
Each submitted recipe must include U.S. standard measurements, complete preparation instructions, cooking times and temperatures, number of servings, and any special utensils or cookware.
HOW TO ENTER:
The Biscuit Bake-Off entry period begins February 1, 2014, at midnight Eastern Time and ends April 22, 2014, at midnight Eastern Time. There are two ways to enter:
1) By mail: Send your completed entry form, including recipe, and photo of Biscuit (photo optional), in English, legibly written, in an envelope with First Class Postage to International Biscuit Festival, 522 South Gay Street, Suite 001, Knoxville, TN 37902. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by April 22, 2014.
2) By e-mail: Send your completed entry form, including recipe, and photo of Biscuit (photo optional), in English, attached to an e-mail to email@example.com. E-mail entries must be received by April 22, 2014.
Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and D.C. You may enter more than one recipe.
Entries will be judged initially based on the entry form and recipe of biscuit by a qualified panel of judges. Finalists in all four categories will prepare biscuits at the Bake-Off on May 17, 2014. A qualified panel of judges will select the Finalists, who will be notified by phone call or e-mail by May 1, 2014. All potential finalists (or finalist’s parent/legal guardian if finalist is a minor) will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where legal, publicity release. If any finalist fails to return the completed documents within the time allowed, or is found ineligible, or does not comply with the Official Rules, then the finalist will be disqualified, and an alternate may be selected. Finalist status and prizes are non-transferable.
Only one individual per entry may compete at the Bake-Off on May 17, 2014; no teams or groups will be permitted. All finalists must participate in the Biscuit Bake-Off on May 17, 2014 to be eligible to win a prize. If a finalist is unable to participate in the Biscuit Bake-Off on May 17, 2014, or otherwise does not comply with the Official Rules, an alternate finalist may be selected, time permitting. All finalists will also have to make themselves available for media interviews and public relations events. All groceries and kitchen equipment, except a stove, needed by the finalists for recipe preparation at the festival are the responsibility of the finalists. Each finalist will be responsible for his or her own travel and lodging arrangements.
First place winners in each category will be awarded prizes worth up to $300. Second place winners in each category will be awarded prizes worth up to $200. Third place winners in each category will be awarded prizes worth up to $100. A Grand Prize winner will also be declared. All prizes will be awarded May 17, 2014. Contest void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws apply. Contestants agree to be quoted and/or photographed and to use of their names, photographs and recipes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many times may I enter the Biscuit Bake-Off?
You may enter as many recipes as you would like. Keep in mind that you must come to the Biscuit Bake-Off on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 to prepare your recipe or recipes if you are a finalist in any of the categories.
I am a professional baker. Can I enter the Bake-Off?
Yes. You do need to know that you will be required to let the International Biscuit Festival use your name,
photographs of you, quotes from you and your recipe in any International Biscuit Festival publicity.
My young child wants to enter the Biscuit Bake-Off. If he/she is a finalist, can I help during the contest?
No. Your child must be able to prepare, bake and present his/her Biscuits by him or herself. You, of course, may offer encouragement from the sidelines.
My twelve year old has a very creative Biscuit recipe. Does it have to be entered in the Student category?
No. Enter the category in which you want the recipe to be judged.
If I am a finalist, how much preparation can I do in advance?
You may pre-measure all of your ingredients which include any chopping, slicing or dicing needed. Do be prepared to bring all of your ingredients (e.g. butter for brushing on top of Biscuits, etc). Be prepared to tell the judges, if asked during the judging, any brands or specifics of ingredients that you used.
If I am a finalist, what equipment do I need to bring to the Biscuit Bake-Off?
You need to bring any and all equipment needed to prepare and present your Biscuits. The International Biscuit Festival is only providing a preparation table, water for cleaning, and ovens.
What will the Biscuit Bake-Off judges be looking for?
Judges will be looking for delicious, well-presented Biscuits. Some finalists choose to arrange their finished Biscuits in attractive serving settings.
How long should I plan on being at the Biscuit Bake-Off if I am a finalist?
The hours of the Biscuit Bake-Off are 12 pm until 5 pm. The order of the categories competing are (1) Savory, (2) Student, (3) Sweet, and (4) Special. You will be given a schedule ahead of time, but keep in mind that should you win first place in your category, you will need to stay since your recipe may be awarded Grand Prize Winner at the conclusion of the Biscuit Bake-Off. If your recipe does not win first place, you may wish to go and enjoy all the other great activities of the International Biscuit Fest.