A panel of enthusiastic judges weighed in on 19 apple pies during the Pleasantville Farmers' Market annual pie baking contest on Saturday.
Sarah Rogovin, head of the Pleasantville Farmers' Market culinary programs, organized the popular third annual event, which this year, included five categories: best junior chef, best appearance, best tart, best semi-homemade and best scratch.
Congratulations to this year's winners!
Best Junior Chef: Claire Cunningham (Pleasantville)
Best Appearance: Sam Ladah (Pleasantville)
Best Tart (1-crust) Maheswaran & Maia Surendra (Croton on Hudson)
Best Semi-Homemade: Frank Franco (South Salem)
Best Scratch: Tobey Jen (Chappaqua)
Jen was ecstatic when Rogovin announced her as the winner, exclaiming, "I can't believe it! I can't believe I won!"
Each winner received a gift bag filled with items donated by the market's vendors.
The 10 judges were a mix of village officials, food enthusiasts and chefs:
DAWN BARTZ, PHS Principal and apple pie aficionado
MINDY BERARD, Village Trustee and co-founder of the P'ville Farmers Market
DANIEL BLUM, EVP Operations of Phelps Memorial (also an experienced EMT if anyone needs a Heimlich or has a coronary due to overdose of butter or Crisco)
MIKE COHEN, Candidate for BA in Pastry Arts at Culinary Institute of America and market waffle chef at Pika’s Farm Table
JULIA DELLA CROCE, Cookbook author, chef and restaurant consultant
JONATHAN CUNNINGHAM, Village Trustee and gourmand-at-large
MARISSA HARDIE, Local chef and cooking school owner
PHIL MCGRATH, Owner and executive chef of Iron Horse Grill, Pony Express and Seahorse
KEVIN ROBERTS, Painter, writer, reader, man about town who never met a mom or apple pie he didn't like
ALAN SHAPIRO, Acclaimed food photographer
After the competition, the pie slices were sold for $2 a piece. The proceeds from the event will benefit the newly-formed non-profit organization that will oversee the farmers' market and new winter farmers' market in Pleasantville.