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MEXICAN CHOCOLATE MASA COOKIE TAKES HOME THE GOLD AT ICC’S 2019 COOKIE GAMES!

The 7th Annual Cookies Games was, yet again, a huge success! Throughout the week, students prepped their original cookie recipes and demonstrated the extraordinary creativity of ICC’s Professional Culinary and Pastry Arts students. A total of 19 applications from current students were submitted for the chance to compete this month. An in-house selection committee narrowed it down to 10 finalists who produced a wide variety of interesting flavors and textures inspired by countries around the world. This year, the selection committee chose recipes that included never-before-seen (in The Cookie Games!) ingredients like parsley, porcini mushrooms, rosewater, Stilton blue cheese and masa harina.

all of the cookiesFrom the use of turmeric in the Spiced Golden Coco Cookie inspired by India, to the bold blue-cheese in the Stilton Cherry Walnut Shortbread, students combined their technique-based education with their travels, heritage and memories to create unique submissions for the games. Check out the full list of finalist creations below!

“The Cookies Games is an exciting opportunity for the next generation of chefs to flex their creative muscles. The 7th annual games this year brought a broad range of ingredients and pairings. I applaud all the professional ICC students for their innovation and determination in this tough competition.” —Jansen Chan, Director of Pastry Operations and Creator of The Cookie Games

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This year’s first place winner, Professional Pastry Arts student Hester Farabee, took home the Grand Prize—KENWOOD Kitchen Machine Stand Mixer, Valrhona Alpaco 66% Dark Chocolate and $30 Gift Card + book from the MoMA Design Store—for her Mexican-inspired Mexican Chocolate Masa Cookie. Craving more of her delicious, sandwich cookies? You can make Hester’s cookies at home, click here for full recipe.

Congratulations are also in order for Pastry student, Lily Hu, who came in second place with her Crazy Rich Asians’ Shortbread inspired by her Chinese heritage. In her delicious recreation of a Millionaire’s Shortbread, she incorporated Chinese Five-spice powder, which commonly includes cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns. Lily took home a De’Longhi Countertop Oven and $20 Gift Card + book from the MoMA Design Store.

Third place went to the USA-inspired Barbecue Cookie created by Professional Pastry Arts student, Dressler Parsons. Dressler explained that her inspiration for the cookie came from her dad’s love of creating smokey-barbecue in their backyard. He was even there in the jam-packed audience cheering her on! Dressler received a BRAUN Hand Mixer and $10 Gift Card + book from the MoMA Design Store.

Finally, the audience vote for Fan Favorite went to none other than Professional Culinary Arts student, Hayley McLean’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookie, inspired by her travels through the United Kingdom. During her externship at Citi Group, Hayley learned how to create a proper sticky toffee pudding from her head chef who was originally from the UK!

chef michael anthonyWe’d like to thank all the student participants of the 2019 Cookie Games, as well as our expert judges who provided thoughtful critique and suggestions to our students. This year’s roster of judges included Bao Ong (Food & Drink Editor, Time Out New York), the team from Gramercy Tavern—Michael Anthony (Executive Chef) and Miro Uskokovic (Pastry Chef), Emma Bengtsson (Executive Chef, Aquavit) and Mike Chau of @foodbabyny. We’d also like to recognize the generosity of our sponsors who provided the prizes and gift bags for all competitors. A special thank you to Valrhona for providing all of the chocolate for the competition! Check out our full gallery of photos from this year’s games below!

2019 COMPETITORS:

BARBECUE COOKIE
USA | Dressler Parsons

CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ SHORTBREAD
China | Lily Hu

I.A.N.
Armenia | Mary White

MEXICAN CHOCOLATE MASA COOKIE
Mexico | Hester Farabee

MISO CITRUS SHORTBREAD
Japan | Jeremy Rick

PORCINI BLACK PEPPER SHORTBREAD
Italy | Samantha Daily

ROSEWATER SHORTBREAD SQUARES
USA | Regan E. Peschel

SPICED GOLDEN COCO COOKIE
India | Jennifer Fay

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING COOKIE
Great Britain | Hayley McLean

STILTON CHERRY WALNUT SHORTBREAD
Great Britain | Iuliia Kiskie

SPONSORED BY:

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5 Steps To A Winning Cookie Recipe From Cookie Games Creator

The Cookie Games are coming! In a little over a month, Professional Pastry AND Culinary Arts students will bake their hearts out to become the 7th annual Cookie Games winner. In addition to taking home some sweet prizes, the winner will receive bragging rights for their respective department, which some may say is better than the Kenwood mixer they’ll take home!

But, what goes into a winning cookie recipe? Each year, our Director of Pastry Operations, and creator of the Cookie Games competition, Chef Jansen Chan gets asked this burning questions from hopeful contestants. So, we sat down with Chef Jansen to pick his brain on creating a stellar recipe sure to win!

Check out his 5 tips below, and learn more about the 2019 Cookie Games here.

1. Texture is Key

Decide on the type of cookie texture(s) that you want to achieve. Will it be chewy, like a classic chocolate chip, or more of a shortbread or bar cookie? Find a plain recipe that matches those styles, and use it to your advantage to build your unique recipe and flavors.

2. Concept Development

Decide on the concept. Are you inspired by a country? Will it incorporate techniques, ingredients and/or flavors from that culture? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself when developing your concept.

3. Flavors, Obviously!

At the end of the day, your cookies has to taste good! Our cookie games contestants will be pulling inspiration from a country of origin, and each has their own unique cuisine to pull from. Ask yourself, will the cookies be a blend of flavors or stand behind one signature taste?

4. Consider Add-ins

Could your cookie become more interesting with the inclusion of different textures or ingredients? But beware—this could make or break your cookie!

5. Make It Look Good

Desserts often rely on their appearance (it’s true, we eat with our eyes!), so consider the final presentation of the cookie: the size, the way it’s eaten and its overall appearance.

Looking for more Cookie Games inspiration to get you in the kitchen? Check out this article featuring past winning recipes here.