The Sweetest Chefs is a culinary competition that dreams are made. For beach lovers, this year was the sweetest of years because the 6th annual event took place at The Wharf in Orange Beach and featured mouth-watering desserts, a creative craft cocktail, bbq sliders from Moe’s Original BBQ, live music, and door prizes.
Attendees were able to sample the different desserts and cast their votes for: Most Creative, Best Presentation, and Best Flavor.
Chef Patty Clark of Warehouse Bakery in Fairhope was awarded the Best Presentation award for her blackberry and dark chocolate Black Beauty dessert covered with a mirror-like glaze and topped off with a macaroon and gold leaf.
Chef Lauren Joffrion of Thorny Oyster in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi created a unique dessert with a Latin flare – Sweet Heat Masa Brownie and Mezcal Meringue with Strawberries and Corn Crunch.
Chef Jessica Revels of Bread and Butter in Chattanooga, Tennessee entered her apple butter macaroon and chai bread pudding creation.
Local chef Lennon Harrison won Best Flavor with his take on old-fashioned peanut butter layer cake. The sweet cake had bourbon cheesecake mousse, kettle corn, and a salted caramel sauce.
Chef Jacqueline Ladnier of French Kiss Pastries in Ocean Springs, Mississippi presented her tuxedo cake slices in adorable covered dessert containers.
Chef Megan McCue of Restaurant Iron in Pensacola, Florida created the above dessert that resembles watermelon slices.
This year, the Most Creative award went to Chef Chris Walker of Blue Plate Mafia (food truck) in Starkville, Mississippi for his Baked Alabama dessert that consisted of an oyster shell-like cookie made of meringue
Guests were greeted at the event with a complimentary cocktail or mocktail featuring spiced rum and fig liquor from John Emerald Distilling in Opelika, Alabama.
Two students from the Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at Coastal Alabama Community College each received a $500 scholarship. The two winners were chosen by event organizers for their hard work and dedication in assisting throughout this year’s competition.
Sweetest Chefs was presented by Eat Y’all and hosted by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism at The Wharf.