My little green tea cookies took home the Golden Scoop Award for Best Bakery Recipe! The award ceremony was held on June 18, 2007 at the French Culinary Institute. The award for Best Bakery Recipe was up first, and my fellow nominees included:
Caramelized Banana Bread Pudding
Sara Molinaro, Executive Baker and Jim Lahey, Owner
Sullivan Street Bakery
Melissa Murphy, Owner/Pastry Chef
Sweet Melissa Patisserie
I was shocked when my name was announced, and I could barely get a word out when I was called to the front of the stage. I mumbled something about how the cookies were made with matcha, and how we were opening a store on 3rd Avenue. Judiaann Woo and Chocolatina (aka, Martin Howard) then handed me my GoldenScoop award bucket, with a nice check for $1,000 tucked inside. The bucket now sits on my bookshelf, but I’ll certainly move it to the store once it’s open.
The awards were given last week, but this is the first time I’ve been able to get to a computer to share the news. I departed for a family vacation to Alaska the day after the awards ceremony was held. I was trying to take a little break in before the store opens, but it seems like there is no good time to escape these days. New York Magazine was able to get together some information in my absence, and put up a nice post about the upcoming store. I feel like a VIP now that “Kelli Bernard” is its own tag on the site.
Like every event I go to that is sponsored by PastryScoop.com, my favorite part about these awards is meeting great chefs from around the country. Two of my favorites from outside of New York included Shane Tracey, Owner/Chocolatier of KeKau Chocolatier in Oregon who won the award for Best Confection and Melanie & Wilhelm Wanders of Chocolaterie Wanders in Virginia, a nominee for Best Confection.
To read more about the awards you check out the official press release at PastryScoop.com.