I guess winning really is in the eye of the beholder. OK, so I didn't *win* the Scharffen-Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest of 2008, but I sort of feel like I did. One of my entries was picked as one of 18 finalists (out of over 1400 entries)! That in and of itself is something to be proud of, and I must say, I'm very flattered, and excited to try again! The contest was open to anyone and everyone (except employees of the sponsors, their parents, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, printers and judges, and immediate families and individuals residing in the same household with any of these employees, are not eligible to enter or win....), including professional chefs, and truly, I'm pleasantly pleased that my recipe held up in the sponsor's test kitchen! While I've gotten over being "so close" to the $5000 cash (plus all kinds of other goodies) mega-prize, I do feel a bit let down that finalists didn't even get a chocolate bar as a reward...but, like I said, it is a reward simply to have been chosen against such odds.
You can view the contest results here (unfortunately they don't have the finalists' recipes yet): http://www.chocolateadventurecontest.com/2008_Winners.aspx
You can view my winning (and other) entries here: http://eatingisforfood.blogspot.com/2009/01/chocolate-adventure-contest-entries.html