From savory to smooth, sweet to filled-with-spice, the winners of George’s Cheesecake competition Sept. 20 at the 2002 L.A. County Fair definitely delighted the judges.
Sponsored by chef George Geary, the contest drew 32 entries, 22 in the dessert division and 10 in the savory. Entries included Neapolitan, mango, blue cheese, artichoke cheese, pistachio goat cheese and savory jalapeno. Geary is a corporate chef for Driscoll’s Berries and a former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Co. He teaches at 120 schools throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He recently released a new book, “125 Best Cheesecake Recipes.” He has been a judge at the Fair for 14 years.
“Every year the quality of the entries gets higher and higher,” he said.
First place winners received $50 and a rosette. Second place winners received $25 and a rosette. Third received $10 and a rosette, and fourth place took a ribbon. All winners received a copy of Geary’s book.
First place in the dessert division went to Paul Zegler of Glendale for his “Connie’s Delight.” Second went to Bev Cady of West Covina for her “White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl.” April Burton of Rowland Heights took the third spot with “April’s Cheesecake.” Fourth place went to Lynn Davis of Moreno Valley with her “Mocha Kahlua Cheesecake with Kahlua Crème Anglaise.”
In the savory division, Alberta Dunbar of San Diego took first place with her “League of Nations Savory Cheesecake.” In second place was Mike Carter of Lakewood with his “Savory Jalapeno Cheesecake.” Theresa Goodell of Pomona took third place with “Savory Artichoke Cheesecake.” Peggy Linberg of Upland took fourth place with “Pesto Gorgonzola Cheesecake.”