2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off coverage from Orlando Florida. Find out who won the million dollar grand prize.
But the main event, and the reason why Pillsbury flew us down to Orlando was to cover the Bake-Off, and boy howdy, did we have it covered.
We blanketed the bake-off floor, each with our own personal quests. Chris and Stephen got all 100 finalists to autograph bake-off finalists book. Since I was one of the few in attendance with a Y chromosome, I made it my mission to chat with all 7 male finalists. Above, Chris Caston shows off his tasty Chai Brownie Cupcakes with Creamy Froth. The cupcakes tasted of Chai tea and the frosting was light and airy without being cloyingly sweet.
Meanwhile, Jaden was off poking the Pillsbury Doughboy.
In between all these adventures, we managed to sample some surprisingly tasty treats, all made using a Pillsbury product. I was impressed by the creativity exhibited, and as one person noted, some of the contestants were using the pre-packaged products the "wrong" way. The dish pictured above is a savory breakfast pizza made by Adrienne Davis of Highland, MD. Topped with pesto, bacon, cheese, tomatoes and eggs that were still just a bit runny in the middle, it was like a portable version of a baked egg.
As you can see, there were way too many entries to taste all of them, and it turned out, I didn't taste any of the winning entries. Still between the dozen bloggers in attendance, we managed to eat our way through most of the entries and there was one in particular that everyone kept talking about.
At the end of the day, it was time for the real award ceremony, and all the contestants lined up, eager to find out if they'd won in their category.
As the names were read off, the winners lined up on stage. Some where elated, while others just looked shocked.
The four finalists were flown out to Chicago right after the ceremony, where the grand prize winner (who won $1,000,000) was announced on The Oprah Show today.