And now….for our esteemed panel of holiday cookie judges….may I present:

Hope you are preheating the oven!

Bridget Collins

Bridget Collins is currently employed as the District Chef and Nutritional Coordinator for the Medford Public School System. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has honed her culinary skills at several catering companies over the past many years. Bridget has also taught non-professional cooking classes, and has been employed as Executive Pastry Chef for such companies as The Country Club in Brookline, MA, the Davio’s Restaurant Group and the Executive Corporate Dining facility at Fidelity Investments. Most recently, Bridget earned her degree as a Certified Whole Health Educator and Nutritional Counselor from the National Institute for Whole Health.  Bridget will be bringing her many years of experience and impressive culinary background to the judging table to help select the best Holiday Cookie

Jannine Fisk:

Jannine Fisk is a credit manager by day and passionate home cook by night. She began baking at a very young age and has won several recipe and cooking contests. Over the past ten years, she has won nearly 200 blue ribbons from the cooking contests at the Topsfield Fair, for her many creations ranging from breads, brownies and pies to cookies, cakes and cheesecakes. Jannine was also awarded “Best of Show” for the fourth straight year at this year’s Cooking With Honey contests, sponsored by the Essex County Beekeeper’s Association. She has won prizes in several National recipe contests and most recently has been selected as one of 100 finalists who will compete in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Orlando, FL in April. Jannine will be bringing her discriminating palate and years of baking experience to the judging table to help select Gloucester’s most delicious holiday cookies

John Savastano:

John Savastano is the owner operator of Cucina Savastano Catering of North Andover MA. John is an accomplished trained chef, with an extensive background based in Italian cusine. John began his culinary career in San Diego at Troys Two, as a chef catering to everyone from athletes to the elite at the San Diego Sports Arena . He is familiar with many types of cuisine, having been employed by many local establishments over the years. John has been a food judge for the past several years at the Topsfield Fair and plans to lend the same amount of experience and expertise to judging the Good Morning Gloucster Holiday Cookie Contest.

Julie LaFontaine:

Julie LaFontaine has more than 20 years of food service experience. She has worked as a personal chef; she has managed restaurants; and, she has cooked for crowds of more than 600 at a New England convention/retreat center. Currently she is the director of The Open Door which provides free meals and hospitality to those in need.

and last but not least, Bob Hastings, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce!

Hope we see you tonight!

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