Nashua chefs win Frosting Frenzy benefit event

NASHUA – The first Frosting Frenzy, a cake decorating and candy making competition benefiting Easter Seals New Hampshire Senior Services, was held recently at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester to raise funds for Easter Seals, which provides support for seniors and their caregivers.

Another goal was to highlight the culinary talents of the chefs who work in senior living communities, such as the Hunt Community and The Huntington at Nashua.

Lisa Valcourt, director of dining services at Silverstone Living in Nashua, and her assistant Mandy Doward were awarded first place for their apple pumpkin cake with caramel praline in the center, frosted with buttercream and decorated with vibrant-colored leaves for the fall.

Silverstone Living also won the People’s Choice Award for the most tastefully prepared and presented candy, maple walnut truffles.

"It was very exciting to take part in such a fun, friendly competition that benefited a wonderful organization," Valcourt said. "My team is truly amazing and completely dedicated to whatever challenge is presented to them.

"The bar was set for us with our recent Fire and Fusion competition win. I have always instilled preparation and persistence with my team. It certainly paid off with Silverstone Living again taking first place for best candy and best decorated cake. I am very proud to represent such an incredible organization and work with a top-notch team."

Similar to the TV show "Cake Wars," chefs had only 30 minutes to decorate their pre-baked cakes with a New Hampshire theme showcasing the diverse areas or seasons that the state has to offer, while using apple and pumpkin ingredients in either the baking or the decorations.

Chefs also were asked to bring 300 pieces of homemade candy, of which 150 pieces were put on display for attendees to sample, and the other half was given to guests to bring home.

The judges were WMUR meteorologist Josh Judge, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard, Union Leader writer Katie McQuaid and master cake designer Shara Chickering-Hill, of Chickadee Hill Cakes.

Mike Morin, author, radio personality and co-host of "The Chef’s Plate," was the master of ceremonies.

"After watching the Silverstone Living team clean up last May in the Fire and Fusion competition, I wasn’t surprised to see chef Lisa Valcourt and her team win first prize in both cake and candy categories at Frosting Frenzy," Morin said. "And their maple walnut truffles were to die for."

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Submitted by Silverstone Living