Cooking Contest Judges

With so many amazing creations, it takes a whole panel of judges to taste and evaluate the culinary inventions.  Grand Prize winner of the contest is granted a tour of the Durkee Mower Marshmallow Fluff Factory.  Tops in each of the categories receives a one-of-a-kind trophy and a bag of awesome prizes.  After the contest judging is complete, visit the Fluff Fest Bake Sale to take home your taste!

Heading Up the 2014 What the Fluff?  Cooking Contest Judges:

Mari Levine is a Senior Editor at America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School, the food blogger for JewishBoston.com (Did you know Fluff is kosher?!) and an occasional contributor to Serious Eats. Until now, she’s only eaten Fluff recreationally, but has spent her entire life training for her foray into professional judging.

 

Kate Shannon is a former line cook and cheesemonger and a current member of the tastings and testings team at America’s Test Kitchen, where a typical day might find her sampling cheddar blindfolded and eating five types of cake all before 10am. Though she grew up in a Fluff-less household, she often traded lunches with a middle school classmate who always brought Fluffernutter sandwiches on a hamburger bun.

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams calls Needham, MA home so she’s grown up on the deliciousness of Fluff.  She’s now spreading that love across the globe, serving up Fluffernutters in the International Space Station.  Who knows, will beings from outer space stop by, intrigued by this exotic Marshmallow Fluff.

 

Scott Malone, a journalist for Reuters, is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith.

 

Monica Ng has dominated the Fluff Festival Cooking Contest for years now, wiping out dozens of competitors to take home the Grand Prize trophy for her original recipes.  The only way to stop her reign was to pull her to the other side of the table and to put her exemplary palette into service.  She knows  quality food so whip up something extraordinary !
brandy cookingBrandy Brooks is a resident of Union Square and long time friend of Union Square Main Streets.  She’s twice been crowned Queen of Somerville at the Somerville Local First prom.  An activist in the field of community food systems, she spends much of her time advocating for nutritious food and fitness. But that doesn’t mean she’s lost her sweet tooth. She leaps with the joy of Fluff ,when taken in moderation.

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Union Square Main Streets needs your help to provide fresh, local food from the farmers market to Somerville’s lowest income residents.

How it Works

SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) recipients use their benefit cards to purchase farmers market tokens. Union Square Main Streets then matches every dollar up to $10 dollars, allowing SNAP customers to purchase $20 instead of $10 worth of healthy, fresh, local food.

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Between 2000 and 2010, the poverty rate in Somerville grew from 12.5% to 18%. More than 13,000 Somerville residents live below the poverty line. And recent federal budget cuts have further reduced food benefits making healthy farmer’s market food inaccessible for most.

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Since 2010, Union Square Main Streets has spent $10,000 matching SNAP payments and helped hundreds of our neighbors eat good, fresh, locally grown food. Help us ensure that we can continue to provide access to healthy food for those in need. We need $4,500 to sustain the SNAP match for the 2015 Union Square Farmers Market season. The opening of the farmers market is just around the corner and we need your donation today.

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