World Series of Food

Cakes and cupcakes and pies, oh my!


The World Series is back in Providence. And no, it’s not that premier baseball event that many of you have been watching. We’re talking about the World Series of Food, at Providence’s Temple Beth-El.

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the cooking competition returned to the temple’s Meeting Hall on Oct. 30, with 21 chefs participating in a Cake and Birthday Desserts competition to honor Rabbi Emeritus Leslie Y. Gutterman’s 80th birthday.

The array of goodies available for ogling and tasting was mouthwatering. Cakes and cake pops, cupcakes, tortes and pies, made by bakers of all ages.

The 160 or so hungry attendees voted for their favorites in the People’s Choice category. And a panel of judges from the local food world gave out prizes in the Judges’ category. The judges were Sydney Chazen, a personal chef and educator; Jan Dane, owner of Stock Culinary Goods, in Providence; and Milena Pagan, owner of Rebelle Bagels and Little Sister Cafe, both in Providence.

FRAN OSTENDORF is the editor of Jewish Rhode Island.

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