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To find the "Best Cookie of the Year"...And wow...some of the competitors they invited to partake - Craig Strong, executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, Nancy Silverton, Michelle Myers of Boule and Sona, Alain Giraud, former executive chef at Bastide, and Sherry Yard of Spago.
One by one, packages of freshly baked cookies began arriving in The Times' lobby, some in pretty boxes, bound in tissue paper and ribbon, others in fancy restaurant bags. Many entries were delivered by hired messengers, some by white-clad kitchen staff, one from a pastry chef, her little daughter in tow. We won't tell you who won, but they have printed some of the top rated recipes...it's worth a look...and bake!
One chef showed up with a refrigerated cooler; another left his cookies like a room service elf, with a bottle of bubbly and instructions for eating them, the recipe in a gilt frame. One pastry chef even messengered over a fresh batch when she learned her staff had mistakenly given us day-old cookies.
Los Angeles' top pastry chefs and bakers weren't just doling out holiday cheer to the Food section staff. They were participating in a bake-off.