Folks from the Harrison Museum of African American Culture sent along a couple of pictures from Saturday evening’s Sweet Potato Pie Bake-Off at the Claude Moore Educational Complex. This was round one of the competition, where local chefs judged and narrowed down the pool of contestants from 15 bakers to six. The six finalists will compete at the 22nd Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Here are the judges and a couple of committee members:
Judges, left to right. Front Row: Sonny Pendleton (La'Cove Restaurant), Gloria Manns (committee), Penny Ahuero (Viva La Cupcake), Alex Eliades (Bread Craft), Charles Hooper (Crock 'n' Roll); Second row: Jerome Bonds Jr. (Norah's Cafe), Charles Price (committee)
And here are the lucky finalists:
Order in photo (left to right): Front row, Petunia Barlow, Shirley M. Buchanan; Second Row: Gloria Manns (Committee), Dr. Nancy W. Wilson, Barbara N. James, Jen King (represented by Ben Westin), Brenda McClay-Shifflett; Third row, Charles A. Price (Committee)