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AACC HCAT Team Wins Annapolis Gingerbread Contest

Jan. 19, 2011

 A gingerbread ship crafted by the Anne Arundel Community College Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute won the Judge’s Choice award in the 4th Annual Gingerbread Parade of Homes competition in Annapolis, Md.

      The competition sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation and Long and Foster real estate company attracted eight entries in the professional category and 34 entries in the nonprofessional category. The HCAT entry won one of two prizes given in the Professional Category along with a $350 cash prize.

      “The visit of the shallop to Annapolis City Dock this past summer inspired us to build the ship,” said Louise Nielsen, HCAT baking/pastry instructional specialist. “The replica of the John Smith Shallop is an educational outreach project that commemorates the 1608 exploratory voyage of Captain John Smith in the Chesapeake Bay. We hoped to generate interest in the voyage and creation of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake Historic Trail.”

      Several weeks in the making, the project provided a hands-on learning experience. The competition restricted ingredients used in entries to edible materials. Gingerbread, royal icing, modeling paste and sugar were manipulated to form the HCAT ship entry.

      “It was quite a challenge to figure out how to form the hull, as well as manipulate the gingerbread into curved pieces and make a realistic-looking mast with the necessary structure it required,” Nielsen said. “What a great experience!”

      Houses were on display Dec. 2-Jan. 2 at local businesses and the Historic Annapolis Museum to allow visitors to cast ballots for their favorite masterpiece. For a listing of other award-winning entries, go online to the Historic Annapolis Foundation’s Web site: