Monday, August 10, 2009

Second Annual Amateur Cookie Competition
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Michelle Olszewski won first place at Pastry Chicago's Second Annual Amateur Cookie Competition held July 25 at Whole Foods in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Olszewski's Strawberry Lemonade Snickerdoodles (pictured left) were chosen the winner out of 25 entries of original citrus-flavored cookies.

The top five winners received prizes from KitchenAid, Hanig's Footwear, Dansko and The French Pastry School, which all sponsored the event. The other winners were: Bianca Pillarella's Strawberry-Lime Slices, second place; Gina Gustrowsky's Lemon Knot Cookies, third place; Chris Perchatsch's White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Orange, fourth place; and Christine Rice's Orange Walnut Chocolate Chunk Biscotti, fifth place.

Pastry Chicago is a volunteer association that provides educational events for the development and promotion of the pastry arts. For more information on the association and upcoming events, visit