Harry Potter-inspired creation
An edible abode inspired by the Harry Potter series won the top prize at GBC's 14th annual gingerbread house competition on November 21.
Baking and Pastry Arts Management student Evan Lim created a gingerbread version of The Burrow, the creaky, cozy and crooked home of Hogwarts student Ron Weasley and his family. Lim admits he's not a Harry Potter fan but chose The Burrow because "it's quirky," and he liked the challenge of recreating the gravity-defying house. Working evenings and weekends, Lim spent a month putting The Burrow together. He created individual tiles, shingles, and tinted sugar windows, including one with Harry Potter's owl Hedwig perched on top.
The 2022 gingerbread house competition theme was a building or home from a book or movie. Among the 30 impressive entrants, there were multiple creations inspired by Harry Potter, Pixar's Up, and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away.
"I didn't expect this," Lim said of his win. "There are really great houses this year. I'm glad I spent so many sleepless nights doing it."
Lim lives about 30 minutes north of Toronto. He packed his house in a large box, and a friend drove it to the college. Thankfully, it arrived intact, but the potholes were nerve-wracking.
"Finishing the house is one thing," he said. "Getting it here in one piece is another story."
When Santa Snaps!
Food and Beverage Management student Gabriella Margarita Artiles Sisk won first prize for her mocktail called When Santa Snaps. She used simple syrup, ginger cookies, cloves, espresso and white chocolate to create her take on a gingersnap latte.
Sisk spent three weeks conceptualizing and testing to ensure she had a drink that tasted great and had a wow factor. The simple syrup combination sits on the bottom of the glass, and white chocolate domes resting on the rim melt when espresso is added.
"I'm ecstatic. I'm surprised and very happy," Sisk said after winning first prize. "There are a lot of emotions."
Student work evaluated by industry experts
Industry experts evaluated students' work in both the gingerbread and mocktail competitions.
Professor and Chef Sue Fleming has been organizing the gingerbread house competition since 2008. She said the competition benefits students in many ways, including giving them a chance to show their peers and industry professionals that they "burn to bake."
"It allows students to push their skills, take a risk, and do something outside of the box," she said. "It also means they've got something on their CV that shows they're passionate about baking."
Doris Miculan Bradley, a professor and program coordinator at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said the mocktail event was a huge success.
"Students initially must learn to do this in a classroom, and the ability to apply it in public is thrilling to see,” she said. “We will be doing this again."
Gingerbread house competition
- Dufflet Rosenberg, Dufflet Pastries, a judge of this competition since 2008
- Colleen Cross, Editor, Bakers Journal
- Rita De Montis, Senior National Lifestyle and Food Editor, Sun Media
- Vi Van Lam, Baking and Pastry Arts Chef Faculty, GBC
- Anthony Lo Sin, National Technical Sales Lead, Dawn Foods
- Dr. Eileen de Courcy, Vice-President, Academic, GBC
- Dr. Cory Ross, Provost, GBC
- Dr. Gervan Fearon, President, GBC
Russell Hendrix mocktail competition
Gingerbread house competition winners
1st prize ($2,000) - Evan Lim, The Burrow (pictured below)
2nd prize ($1,000) - Cheung Ming Ngai, Hogwarts castle
3rd prize ($500) - Chloe Nguyen, Queen of Hearts castle
People's Choice (tickets to Chefs' House event) - Jennifer Alba, the house from Home Alone
Mocktail competition winners
1st prize ($2,000) - Gabriella Margarita Artiles Sisk (pictured below)
2nd prize ($1,000) - Courtney Carrescia
3rd prize ($500) - Ana Laura Santos Silva
People's Choice (tickets to Chefs' House event) - Julia Barragán
See all the winners on the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts Instagram @gbcchca.