Contest Winners Announced

//Contest Winners Announced

PLANT CITY, FLA —The Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) and its exclusive media partner, Taste of the South magazine, announced winners of the first A Taste of Summer all Winter Long Florida Strawberry Recipe Contest.

The winners and their recipes are featured in the December/January issue of Taste of the South magazine. Additional contest recipes are available at Taste of the South magazine’s website.

Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, swept the home-cook division by winning the best recipe in two categories – starters/salsas and salads. Judges chose Estabrook’s Savory and Sweet Florida Strawberry Crostini with Balsamic Syrup as the best starter recipe. Her entry for Roasted Asparagus Salad with Fresh Florida Winter Strawberries was the winning salad and was voted the best overall recipe in the home-cook division. Estabrook’s winnings totaled $2,000.

Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri, walked away with $500 for the best dessert and the $1,000 grand-prize in the professional division for her recipe for Baked Florida Strawberry Cobbler. Hobbs, 24, says she has been cooking her entire life. She is the creator of Sugar Plum, an award-winning baking website, where she creates and posts original recipes.

Photo courtesy of Hoffman Media 2010