Iron Foodie 2010 Contest - Winners!

Dec, 19 2010

Iron Foodie 2010 Contest - Winners!

25 foodie challengers entered the arena to do battle and vie for the ultimate title, each using their chosen weapons: three of the following surprise ingredients: Dulse Seaweed, Fennel Pollen, Bourbon Vanilla BeansMaple Sugar, Dried Porcini Mushrooms, Tellicherry Peppercorns, Smoked Salt and Aji Panca Chilies.  Now the dust has settled, and judgment is upon us.

Iron Foodie competitors, we stand here awed by your creativity, skill, and drive to challenge yourselves.  Collectively you baked, broiled, roasted, confit-ed, churned, grilled, brulee-d, and marinated your way to a whole new level, submitting some of the most impressive recipes we’ve yet seen in Foodie Blogroll competitions.  You truly are an impressive bunch, and are to be commended.

In the end though, as stipulated by the rules of the contest, there can only be one Iron Foodie 2010…no matter how many of you we’d love to crown. 

Iron Foodie 2010 is Ann Minard of La Buona Cucina.

When the call to culinary battle came, Ann Minard rolled up her sleeves and made a Timpano.     

A Timpano!   

Previously, we’d imagined timpanos to be creatures of myth and legend…not actually to be consumed (much less made) by human beings, but held on a pedestal until a deity worthy of their consumption wandered along. 

Homemade meatballs and three distinct layers of pasta and sauce, all baked into a giant, drum-like crust…it’s a stunning achievement, and with 204 votes to her name, clearly we were not the only ones impressed.  With her title and bragging rights, Ann also receives a $200 credit to the Marx Foods store.  If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out her Timpano Recipe!

However, there are also several other winners. While bloggers were jockeying for position in our reader poll, a secret, quieter ballot was making its way amongst the competitors, for who better to judge contestants than their fellow adversaries in this epic struggle?  Who else could understand the blood, sweat, tears and hours that went into the creation of recipes of this stature? 

Donna Currie of Cookistry Wins the Competitors’ Choice Award!

Be sure to check out her delectable dessert: Ice Cream: Buttery, Salty, Sweet ‘n Nutty.  “What is it?” you may be wondering.  Oh nothing…just brown butter vanilla bean ice cream and butter-toasted pecans with a maple sugar smoked salt topping.

What are you still doing here?  I know, you just got back from drooling at the Timpano-of-the-Gods, but who cares!  Go check her recipe out right now 

Runners’ Up Awards:

  • Second Place in the reader poll (and a $100 credit) goes to Kate in the Kitchen for her Warming Winter Soup Recipe!
  • Third Place in the poll (and a $75 credit) also goes to Donna Currie of Cookistry!
  • Fourth Place (and a $50 credit) goes to Julie of A Little Bite of Life for her Pfeffernusse Crème Brulee recipe!

Be sure to visit the Iron Foodie 2010 recipe post to see ALL the submitted recipes!



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  • 1. Kathy - Jan 01, 2011 09:26 AM EST

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    Congrats to all the sure was fun.
  • 2. Donna - Dec 27, 2010 06:39 PM EST

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    I'm hoping the winners will comment about what they've chosen from Marx Foods, when they decide or when they get them. Or blog about it. I still haven't decided. So many wonderful options!
  • 3. Christine - Dec 21, 2010 03:28 PM EST

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    Congratulations everyone! It was fun participating in this challenge and getting to try some new ingredients and see some new blogs I might not otherwise have come across. Donna - you made me laugh out loud reading your squealing. :) Can't wait to try out a few of the recipes myself!!
  • 4. Rebecka - Dec 21, 2010 03:06 PM EST

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    Congratulations to all the winners!! I can't wait to see what each of you pick from Marx Foods with your award money! Please share lot's of pics and all the details! Thanks again Jenn and Justin!! This was tons of fun!-
  • 5. k - Dec 21, 2010 11:57 AM EST

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    That was a really fun contest! Thanks to Jenn and Justin for the opportunity and the ingredients. I loved playing with them!! Congrats to ALL the winners!!
  • 6. Glennis - Dec 21, 2010 08:56 AM EST

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    Major congrats to Donna and Ann! As well as to Kate and Julie!! Bravo ladies!! What a great time that was!!
  • 7. Courtney - Dec 20, 2010 07:53 AM EST

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    Wonderful news! Congratulations to all the winners. It was a great contest.
  • 8. Donna - Dec 20, 2010 07:13 AM EST

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    I feel a little bit like the little piggy in the Geico commercial. Wheeeee! WHeeeeee! Thanks everybody! Oh, and you might want to move that photo down so it's next to Kate's yummy soup ;-)

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