cookie games winners

Cookie Games Winners: Where Are They Now?

This year, Hester Farabee, a Professional Pastry Arts student, took home the gold at ICC’s Seventh Annual Cookie Games. At the competition this August, three winners from previous Cookie Games stopped by their alma matter to cheer on this year’s competitors and taste their cookie creations! We caught up with them—and one alum, who now lives in Singapore—to see what they’ve been up to since bringing home Cookie Games glory.

2014

Vianna Sinnan
Vianna Sinnan | Professional Pastry Arts ’15

Winning Recipe: Coconut Daun Pandan of Malaysia

coconut daun pandan

What are you currently up to?

I am living in New York and working pastry at Buddakan.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I have made my cookie many times since the competition! Part of my holiday gifting tradition has come to include a box or bag of the cookies for family and friends. 

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

My fondest memory of the competition was hearing my name called out as the fan favorite. I couldn’t believe it, especially since I was still in Level One of the Professional Pastry Arts program and had seen how talented the other contestants were over the course of the two days. 

2015

savita bhat
Savita Bhat | Professional Pastry Arts ’16

Winning Recipe: Chocolate Cardamom Buttons of India

chocolate cardamom buttons

What are you currently up to?

Currently, I work in New York City at Simon & The Whale on the pastry team! Our Head Baker and Pastry Chef is also an ICC grad, Zoë Kanan.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I’ve definitely made my cookie recipe again. Actually the same year I did the cookie games, I entered my recipe a the WNYC Holiday Cookie round up and it was selected as one of the featured recipes by Melissa Clark! I try to make it around the holidays every year—it’s a pretty good Christmas cookie.

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

My fondest memory about my experience participating in the Cookie Games was definitely brainstorming and baking with my pastry school friends who were also participating. It was pretty chaotic, but so fun and such a great moment to look back on!

2017

clara lim
Clara Lim | Professional Culinary Arts ’17

Winning Recipe: Browned Butter Masala Chai Cookies

browned butter masala chai

What are you currently up to?

I’m currently living in Singapore! I am the Co-Head Chef at an artisan café and bakery called Baker & Cook at Core Collective Dempsey.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I made the cookies again on one of my last days at my externship at Park Avenue! 

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

Fondest memory is probably working with my partner, Maddie! So great to get together with her again and work on a project like this because by that time we had been out on our externships. It was nice spending time with her again within the walls of ICC. 

2018

rebecca ng
Rebecca Ng | Professional Culinary Arts ’18 and Professional Pastry Arts ’19

Winning Recipe: Umami Cookie

umami cookie

What are you currently up to?

I am currently traveling and visiting family in Hong Kong. I am not working right now, but I continue to bake for family and friends.

Have you ever made your winning cookie recipe again? And if so, in what capacity?

I frequently make my cookie for family and friends!

What is your fondest memory about your experience participating in the Cookies Games?

My fondest memory of the cookie games was working in the prep kitchen and hearing Chef Anna Bolz commentary.