Judging a pie contest is literally a sweet job, but requires some serious decision making skills too! We were honored to be asked to judge the first annual South Side Pie Challenge earlier this month. It was an amazing event at William H. Ray Elementary School in Hyde Park. What was even better is that all proceeds from the event were donated to the Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs. 

Thankfully, judging the nut catagory was not something to be done alone! Chicago Chef Cliff Rome and I took on the feat together. After tasting 20+ nut based pies we had to pick a winner. In the end it was an outstanding pecan pie titled “Eat this Pie” that brought home the blue ribbon. Kudos to the baker, Paige Reilly - her pie was so prefectly done we could have eaten the entire thing! 

The competition was so intense in the cream pie category that I had to break a tie! 

So many taleted bakers making crazy-delicious pies made for a fun day supporting a great cause. It was so hard to choose… But the good news is that the South Side Pie Challenge is putting together a e-cookbook that features all the winning recipes from the event. We will be sure share it as soon as it’s out.