The finalists in the contest to find a honey-based dessert to represent Orlando’s signature dish have been announced. The 10 top vote-getters in an online poll conducted by sponsor Visit Orlando will present their desserts to a panel of judges on Thursday at a private tasting. The winning dessert will be announced at Visit Orlando’s annual luncheon on Dec. 7.
The competition arose after Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs challenged local chefs to come up with a food that could be touted as the area's signature dish — our own New England Clam Chowder or Philly Cheese Steak. The focus was narrowed to a dessert featuring honey to highlight the abundance and variety of honeys produced in Central Florida.
Twenty-nine chefs submitted recipes for the desserts, which were required to feature honey as a main ingredient and had to be available for purchase by the general public in a restaurant.
The Top 10 Finalists (Listed in alphabetical order by the Chef’s last name)