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It was a bad day to start a diet, but a great day for decadence and comfort food as desserts ruled the at the fourth annual Old Dominion University Dessert Competition Monday, June 12. Over 40 entries filled the House of Blue with sweetness.

The winners were:
Family Secret: Kelly Jo Karnes, of student services, for carrot cake;
Chocolate Squared: Amber Lester, a sophomore majoring in nutrition, for butterfinger delight;
Dessert with Appeal (fruit): Physics professor Walt Hooks for lighter than air strawberry cake;
Beauty to Behold: Norma Turner, of student health services, for a Kentucky lady cake, complete with a running fountain and farm; and
Southern Comfort: Ann Maydosz, with student services, for pecan bars.

Celebrity judge Joe Flanagan of WVEC-TV had the task of selecting winners in both the beauty to behold and chocolate categories. "This is just incredible," Flanagan said. "I don't know how we're ever going to choose from among all these entries." This was Flanagan's second year as judge.

Other Judges included: Bob and Mary Lewis Ash, Regula Meier, Carole Ray, Kathy Williamson, Anthony Tyler, Jackie Elliott, Robert Dunker and Phillip Prewitt.

One cake not in the running was a surprise gift from Rowena Fullinwider of Rowena's Cakes and Teas, a special 75th anniversary cake. "I wanted to show my support for this wonderful competition which showcases the amazing culinary talents of the Old Dominion community and to encourage people to continue to enjoy making desserts," Fullinweider said.

The competition and recipes from the winning entries will be featured in Flavor section of the The Virginian-Pilot and on WVEC-TV 13.

This article was posted on: June 12, 2006

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