It ain't the legendary Pillsbury Bake-Off, but San Francisco resident Josie Shapiro won the country's only kosher cooking competition, the Manischewitz Cook-Off Contest, which took place today in Manischewitz HQ in New Jersey. The winning recipe? "Faux pho," a soup made in under an hour with Manischewitz chicken broth, Manischewitz egg noodles, coconut milk, lime juice, orange juice, and curry powder.
"I am beyond thrilled to have been chosen as the 2013 Manischewitz Cook-Off winner; words cannot even express how exciting this journey has been," said Shapiro, who works as a fundraiser for Jewish Learning Works. (Just once, we'd like contest winners to say something like "sure, whatever, it's pretty cool I guess." But maybe our natural lack of enthusiasm is why we never win contests.)
Shapiro beat four other finalists from around the country making things like "balsamic mushroom matzo panini with mango jam" and "sweet & spicy seared tuna." Judges included food editors from the Huffington Post, Serious Eats, Food Network, and other publications.
The prize was a bunch of Maytag appliances and cash (total value: $25,000), but the real reason we're jealous is because the man handing out the awards was none other than Newark SuperMayor Cory Booker, in between stints rescuing people from burning buildings, hand-delivering hurricane supplies, and being the awesomest man on Twitter.
Anyway, congrats Nina Shapiro!