Winning Dessert from the #DoleCookoff

Tropical Berry Sticky Rice Dessert, Dole California Cookoff,

Last week I posted the Alice Phillip’s Harissa Veal Meatball-Fruit Kabobs – the winner of the 5th Annual Dole California Cook-Off and promised to share the recipe for the flavor packed, perfectly summery tropical fruit and berry sticky rice dessert from Carmell Childs, one of the three finalists.

5th Annual DOLE California Cook-Off

Carmell didn’t walk away with the grand prize of $25,000 but she’s absolutely a force to be reckoned with in the cooking competition arena – last year she grabbed first in the Recipe category of the World Food Championship in Las Vegas for her White Chocolate Apricot Puffs. I was blown away by the experience and had no idea that I would gain so much from a cooking contest. I came away with some amazing new friends, an admiration for these ladies and their creativity, and this beautiful creation that combines some of my favorite flavors:  tropical fruit, berries, coconut and sticky rice into a light sweet treat.

Tropical Berry Sticky Rice Dessert, 5th Annual DOLE California Cook-Off

To mold her dessert, Carmell used a Dole Mandarin Orange can – genius! You don’t have to run out and buy molds at Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma – remove the top and bottom of the can with a can opener and Violà!

Tropical Berry Sticky Rice Collage


5th Annual DOLE California Cook-Off

Carmell presents her dish at the judges table.

5th Annual DOLE California Cook-Off

Lots of hugs and tears of joy followed the emotional announcement but we regained composure for a few parting shots – from the left:  Michael Contreras, Digital Marketing Manager and spokesperson for Dole, finalist Lorie Roach, finalist Carmell Childs, Brad Bartlett, President of Dole Packaged Foods, winner Ally Phillips (Ally’s Kitchen), Chef Ben Ford, MC Tom, and the sous chefs: me, Sara O’Donnell (Average Betty) and Susan Whetzel (Doughmesstic).

Photo credit: Danny Moloshok

Special thanks to Dole and Finn Partners for sponsoring my attendance at the 2013 DOLE California Cook-Off.

4 Responses to “Winning Dessert from the #DoleCookoff”

  1. Ally's Kitchen July 8 at 6:41 am #

    Wowzeee, this was one amazingly gorgeous and inventive recipe from Carmell! I’m soooooo happy to have the recipe, cuz I’ll be making! What a winner! xo

  2. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 8 at 6:51 am #

    I love the can idea! Use what you have!!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 8 at 5:18 pm #

    Such a creative idea, I love the mango coulis!

  4. Patty July 8 at 9:16 pm #

    Yum- I like this creative dessert idea-it never ceases to amaze me the cool recipes that cooks come up with in cooking competitions – I am curious to try making sticky rice at home since it’s one of my husbands favorite things to order in a Thai restaurant 😉

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