The Pillsbury Bake-Off & what it takes to win a cooking contest

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Pillsbury Bake-Off winner Christina Verrelli with her pumpkin ravioli.

Hour 2

Last week, the Pillsbury Bake-Off awarded $1 million to a local woman, Devon’s CHRISTINA VERRELLI, whose pumpkin ravioli dessert with salted caramel whipped cream topping earned the 44-year-old contest’s grand prize.  We’ll talk to Christina about her recipe and her experiences in the increasingly high-stakes world of cooking contests.  Joining us for the full hour is culinary historian LAURA SHAPIRO, who has written extensively about the evolution of food contests and their place in American culture and cuisine. And finally, we’ll hear from Tampa Tribune food writer JEFFREY HOUCK about his experience judging this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off and how to tell a merely good dessert from the truly transcendent.

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