The judges’ job was to select a first-, second- and third-place winner in three categories: Hors d’oeuvres, Soups and Stews, and Main Dishes; and to choose the best in the show from the first-place winners. They also decided which entry was presented in the most fashionable manner to win the presentation award. What a gourmet treat the two ladies and one gentleman had, and festival visitors also had the pleasure of tasting the identical dishes. They voted for the people’s choice award, the entry they thought was the best in the cook-off.
It’s a serious business in judging. You taste, you discuss and perhaps re-taste. When the final choice was agreed upon, it was a local contestant, Loic Jaffres, who won three honors with his Spinach Wrapped Oyster Casino first in the Hors d’oeuvres division, Grand prize for best in the show, and the presentation award. The festival-goers also honored Loic for the people’s choice award, an unusual happening, for very seldom do the people select the same entry as the judges.