Saying that this post is overdue is an understatement even I don't feel comfortable with making. If you've been following along with the blog for the past few months you'll remember that I had entered a cooking competition again this year - the Girl Scouts of Western Washington's Cookie Recipe Contest - a competition for food bloggers.
This was the third year I entered, and I was hell bent on winning this year. After placing 3rd overall in my first year, and then not even making the Top 5 my second year, I had officially adopted the Underdog title of this competition. For those of you that know me in real life, the food world, or just through the blog, you know I love a challenge. You want me to achieve something? Just tell me I can't do it. Sure fire recipe for success (sorry, food puns abound....have we met?).
To refresh your memory, here's the post of my submission for the contest: http://ahalfcup.com/2014/02/12/samoa-coconut-cream-filled-croissant-donut/
Go ahead and read it (it's over the top, I'm aware), I'll wait......
Okay good. Now that you remember what I submitted, and saw the spoiler alert, I won! WOOT.
I know it's cheesy to the max, but I truly find that my successes are, in fact, sitting atop a tightly grouped cluster of many previous failures. All those lessons, compounded and steeped in calculated risk and humility. While losing is sad and disappointing, I have the following things to say about why I LIKE losing:
- I know I will lose exponentially more times than winning, so anticipating failure helps me focus on what lesson I'll learn for later that will one day contribute to my success
- If I don't lose, the wins don't feel as good or deserved
- Aim higher people - the struggle brings way more creativity
- When you fail, you learn about what you don't like (Shaping what you do like) and what your thresholds are, ultimately pushing your competitive edge further
- You store away the memory of what went wrong and can tap into that, should that obstacle arise later on, making you more agile
All of this is to say, I had been plotting my upset for sometime. My incredible work team had helped me think through the factors that create an iron clad winner (and, no, I'm not sharing that equation. SERIOUSLY?! You'd be SHOCKED how many people have asked me....). I embarked on the creation of the Samoas Coconut Cream Filled Croissant Doughnut.
But the most interesting part of this years competition was what happened after I won. I went on a little Seattle media tour, sharing my creation with various media outlets, and helping to promote the Girl Scouts cookie sales. What a wonderful way to be able to help boost sales for such a great organization!
Many people have asked me to share the video and radio segments, and so, without further ado, allow me to dump all the media on you. For real, you guys, get comfy, grab a snack and enjoy. Here comes ALLLLLLL the pictures and videos as I take you through the week:
The day before the winner was announced, all the Top 5 finalists were invited to appear on the live 4pm broadcast of KOMO 4 News with Mary Nam. So we met up (for the first time), and shared our treats with the news team and each other. The other women finalists were so nice, their treats were insanely good and we really enjoyed meeting each other.
And here is the live segment video: (sorry, my blog is being a PAIN and won't let me paste/embed the video. Right click the link below and "Open in a new tab")
After that segment was over, the radio show down the hall had us come on for an impromptu interview as well:
And here's the clip from our radio segment: (well, darn, I need to convert it to a video and upload to YouTube, so that'll happen later and I'll update the post. Sorry!)
The few days after winning were a whirlwind! I was surprised and elated to finally win - especially after having tasted the other creations, meeting the finalists and seeing some of their blogs. It felt great to compete against fellow bloggers I knew were giving me a run for my money!
My next stop was a cooking segment on New Day Northwest, the local morning show on King 5 here in Seattle, with Margaret Larson:
And here's the segment if you saw it online or at home on TV: (sorry, my blog is being a PAIN and won't let me paste/embed the video. Right click the link below and "Open in a new tab")
The following day, I headed over to KCPQ Q13, our Seattle Fox station, for a live segment where I had two super cute girl scouts with me on a live segment. Kaci, Bill, Adam and the rest of the crew were wonderful and made short work of my samples!
And here's the segment: (sorry, my blog is being a PAIN and won't let me paste/embed the video. Right click the link below and "Open in a new tab")
Then, I finally made it over to visit with some food friends of mine on the radio show Seattle Kitchen:
And here's that segment: http://kiroradio.com/listen/9968785/
You should sign up for their podcast (http://www.kiroradio.com/SeattleKitchen) , it's hilarious and educational - a winning combination!
And in case you're wondering, yes, this was part of my winnings. I was also given enough Girl Scout Cookies to last a lifetime, some cash money, and bragging rights. Also, I can literally enter again next year.....we'll see if I've got any steam left in me for a repeat.
One last note before I sign off tonight:
I so appreciate all the support and encouragement from family, friends and colleagues I continue to receive. Going through this process, while seemingly no big deal, is pretty hard. Putting yourself out there with the potential of being beat again - it's not easy. And throughout it all, I've had a great crew of people. There's one person in particular who has been my number one cheerleader and dedicated so much energy and time to helping me, listening to me, brainstorming and then celebrating (which included a ton of work to get all these segments done). My oldest and dearest friend, Adam, has been by my side through it all. He is family to me, and I know he always has my back. At the drop of a hat, he cleared his schedule to be with me at every single TV segment, picking me up early, driving me around, prepping food behind the scenes, letting me be a total controlling freak about the direction each item faced, etc. And he did it all with a smile - and then took every single picture you see above. He is just INCREDIBLE. Adam, thank you from the bottom of my heart - you are simply the best and I literally could not have done any of that successfully without you!