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Royal Wedding Pie
Earlier this year in the spirit of excitement over the Royal
Wedding, the American Pie Council opened a Royal Wedding
Pie category among this year's competition's professional
entrants. This one-time category was created to commemorate
the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Chef Kathy
Hanson's "I Love a Great Love Pie" reigned supreme.
"The Royal Wedding Pie category was a huge hit," says Linda
Hoskins, executive director of the American Pie Council. "Brides
serving pie instead of cake at their weddings has been an
increasing trend for years."
Chef Hanson from the Ritz Carlton Orlando won ﬁrst place in
the Royal Wedding Pie category and ultimately the professional
best of show out of 107 pies. Titled "I Love a Great Love Pie,"
Hanson's best of show pie featured bananas foster with vanilla
bean and Marcona almond honey cookie crust and sprinkled on
top with "Markle Sparkles."
"Bananas foster was a favorite dessert of my parents, who had
their own great love story," Hanson says. "I Love a Great Love
Pie is a testament to their love for one another and the celebration of the beginning of another great love story."
Hanson has been the culinary training cook at the Ritz Carlton
Orlando for the past eight years and has participated at the
National Pie Council since 2007. Hanson earned second place in
2008 in the custard category and has either placed or received
honorable mention in six APC competitions since. She entered
13 pies in 2018. In addition to best of show, she placed ﬁrst four
times and received one honorable mention. Hanson's advice to
those who strive to bake that great recipe is "Bake with love.
Bake with your passion. Use your integrity with your ingredients - the freshest you can ﬁnd."
Jennifer Nystrom, who has competed in the NPC for nine
years, entered seven pies this year and earned four ribbons
and scored best of show in the amateur division with her
Chocolate Caramel Turtle Sundae Pie. The chocolate pie was
created using professional chocolates provided by the Guittard
Chocolate Company, who sponsored the chocolate pie ﬂavor
category for the ﬁrst time in 2018.
During the 24th Annual APC National Pie Championships
amateur, professional and commercial bakers entered their
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