2018 Cookie Games Contestants & Judges

Congratulations to the 2018 Cookie Games Winners

The 6th Annual Cookies Games was another huge success, demonstrating the extraordinary creativity of ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts students. From a record-breaking 23 entries, ICC’s in-house committee narrowed it down to 10 finalists who produced a wide variety of interesting flavors and textures. Examples of this year’s cookie flavors include: taro and coconut, oolong tea and honey, seaweed and white chocolate, buckwheat and prunes, sea buckthorn and sumac—check out the full list of finalist creations below!

Classmates, chef-instructors and staff were excited to try these original creations, pushing the limits of what a cookie can be. I’m proud of each student’s hard work and applaud their efforts.” – Jansen Chan, Director of Pastry Operations & Cookie Games Host

This year’s first place winner, Professional Culinary Arts student Rebecca Ng, took home the Grand Prize – KENWOOD Chef Major Kitchen Machine, TILIT Chef Backpack & Apron, and VALRHONA Inspiration Chocolates – for her Japanese-inspired Umami Cookie. Rebecca also won a private custom recipe video shoot with REMARQUE CREATIVE which will be shared on ICC’s social channels! In the meantime, you can make Rebecca’s Umami Cookies at home, click here for full recipe.

Congratulations are also in order for Pastry student, Yedenny Matos, who came in second place with her Dominican Republic-inspired Taro Coconut Cookie. Yedenny was also voted Fan Favorite by the audience of attendees at the ceremony! Third place went to the French-inspired Salted Butter and Buckwheat Layer Cookie created by Beth Sall, Professional Pastry Arts student. Yedenny and Beth both received BRAUN MultiQuick Hand Blenders and chef wear – coat & aprons – from TILIT.

We’d like to thank all the student participants of the 2018 Cookie Games, as well as our fabulous judges and generous sponsors! The roster of judges included Stephanie Prida (Pastry Chef of The Grill, The Pool, and Lobster Club), Mark Iacono (Owner of Lucali), Craig Koketsu (Corporate Chef of Quality Branded Restaurant Group) and Anna Bolz (Pastry Chef at Per Se). Check out our full gallery of photos from this year’s games below!

2018 COMPETITORS:

BOURBON CITRUS BARS
USA | Emma Lanier

FORMOSA
Taiwan | Earl Yin-Wei Liao

SALTED BUTTER & BUCKWHEAT LAYER COOKIES
France | Beth Sall

GUAVA JELLY
Dominican Republic | Evelyn Cooke

MITARASHI KUKKI
Japan | Jessie Yuchen Tsai & Stephen Quackenbush

TARO COCONUT COOKIE
Jamaica | Yedenny Matos

SUMMER BUTTER COOKIE
Mexico | Thomas Gallagher

RICH PINEAPPLE
Indonesia | Richard Leonardo

SEABUCK THORN & SUMAK SNAP
Denmark | Sharof Rashidov

UMAMI COOKIE
Japan | Rebecca Ng

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