Judging a cake competition is not as easy as it sounds. Don't get me wrong: it's one of the best jobs in the world—that and being a judge at Baconfest. But when you know how much work goes into a presentation piece, it's not just a cake walk.
Café des Architectes recently hosted a bûche de Noël—aka yule log—competition at the Sofitel and they invited me to judge. The event was called Holiday Rock & Roll and benefitted Share Our Strength—and I hope it will become an annual event. Fellow judges included CdA's Exec Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy; La Patisserie P Chef/Owner Peter Yuen; Lovely Bakeshop Chef/Owner Bob Hartwig; Time Out Chicago Features Editor Laura Baginski; my friend, Grub Street Chicago Editor Michael Gebert.
But everyone judged, really.