So... last night I competed at Plate the Slate hosted by @thecheesemongerinvitational and I took home 2nd place!! To make up for the awkward speech I gave after winning (consisting of me leaning into the mic to say “Nice... uhh... alright” and then retreating) I just want to say WOW! I am so so happy to not only have competed, but to have placed in this awesome competition! It was wonderful to compete with so many other mongers representing all the great cheese shops of NYC and Philadelphia. And thank you to @adamjaymoskowitz and the @columbia_cheese team for putting on this event and giving all of us an opportunity to shine. What I plated: I was assigned Manteo as my cheese. I began my plan for my plate with a general theme/idea: florals (groundbreaking). From there I decided on a color scheme of pink, white, and dashes of green. I had a few trial plates that I used to hash out my ideas, and eventually settled on what is pictured here. I essentially wanted the plate to represent two flowers with a vine of garnishes flowing around them. For the garnishes, I used chioggia beets (aka I spent weeks scouring the farmer’s market for these guys), radishes, watermelon radishes, membrillo, dried and fresh raspberries, and crumbled truffle marcona almonds and pistachios. For the membrillo and radishes, I used tiny flower shaped cookie cutters to cut them into flower shapes, placing small pieces of edible gold leaf on the membrillo flowers and painting the radishes with a dusting of light pink edible glitter. I also made spun sugar spirals to add some height to my plate as well. In the dishes are honey butter topped with crumbled truffle marcona almonds, and lemon curd topped with crumbled pistachio nuts. I am constantly making platters that are full and bountiful (but still beautiful of course) and generally meant to serve as a device to feed. With this competition, I was given an opportunity to stray from that traditional style of platter and create something more artistic and aesthetic oriented. I’ve always been a creative, and this was a nice moment for me to express that using a medium that I love. Also shoutout to @feliciathegoat.