Local resident places in top 20 in World Food Championships

Clockwise from top left: Brenda Washnock competes at the World Food Championships held in Orange Beach Alabama. Washnock’s pate a choux, which earned her 10th place in the signature dish part of the competition, is shown. The creme puff pastry dish was made with a bourbon and toasted pecan cream, sprinkled with sparkling powdered sugar and served with syrup made from Gevalia coffee and sugar. Competitors were required to create a crepe served with orange sauce. Washnock’s version, shown, was made with brown butter and basil, filled with Chantilly cream and strawberries, then topped with an orange creme anglaise, toasted pine nuts and orange zest. Washnock plates dishes with helper David Guibord during the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Washnock competed against roughly 45 competitors in the dessert category and placed 17th overall. (Photos courtesy of Brenda Washnock)

Negaunee Township resident Brenda Washnock placed 17th out of about 45 competitors in her category during the 2016 World Food Championships held in Orange Beach, Alabama. Washnock competed in the dessert category, which required participants to create a signature dish they can design on their own and one called a “structured build,” which is required by all competitors. For the required dish, Washnock placed 20th with her crepe and orange sauce dessert. The dish was made with brown butter and basil, filled with Chantilly cream and strawberries, then topped with an orange creme anglaise, toasted pine nuts and orange zest. She took 10th in the signature dish portion with a pate a choux, or a creme puff pastry. “The signature dish was pate a choux with a bourbon and toasted pecan cream sprinkled with my own sparkling powdered sugar and served with a syrup made from Gevalia coffee and sugar,” Washnock said. Washnock said during the competition she experienced some “horrible” oven problems, and another competitor took a bourbon cream she had prepared by accident. Issues aside, Washnock said she had a “hoot of a time” at the competition, which took place from Nov. 9 through Tuesday. Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.