Pillsbury BakeOff Orlando
Many of my fellow food writers are not too happy about this turn of events since our food sections are published on Wednesday and we won't be able to announce the big winner as we had planned. Instead we will be telling our readers the names of winners in the four main categories: Breakfasts and Brunches; Dinner Made Easy; Entertaining Appetizers, and Sweet Treats. Those four will be whisked off to Chicago where the Oprah Winfrey Show is produced as we fly home ourselves. We learned about this just a week ago.
Food editors and the 12 judges gathered last night fir dinner behind the scenes as EPCOT, where we met each other over tastes of some of the newest dishes being served at Disney World venues. We also met the chefs and heard about directions Disney is going in its food service.
We were told not to discuss the Bakeoff contenders or their recipes with the judges, who must remain unbiased. They'll be cloistered away when the contenders take to their 100 identical mini-kitchens on Monday to prepare their creations.
I caught up with one woman who had served twice as a judge and this time is here as a food writer. She advises that judges pace themselves for tasting the 100 dishes and to come hungry.