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    Default Orlando's New Signature Dish

    In conjunction with the Orange County Mayor's office, Visit Orlando has been running a competition in the last couple of months to come up with a proper signature dish for Orlando/Orange County. And today the winner was unveiled, from the list of the top 10 finalists.

    And it is (*TA-DA!*) - Honey Nougat Glace, from Mon Petit Cheri Cafe in Winter Park. Sadly, we didn't get to taste it today, but here's what it looks like:



    You can read more about it, and see some more pics of the occasion, on our FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...97979340271177

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    I know I'm not a gourmet, but why is this a representative of Orlando/Orange County. Passes me by I'm afraid.
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    They chose honey as the key "Florida" ingredient, and the entry had to be a dessert ("because dessert is a big treat when you're on vacation") so each entry had to be based on that. Why THIS one won, I must agree with you, TF. I don't know. There was a great deal of talk about how all of the finalists put out delicious desserts, so one assumes it wasn't just that this one tasted better, but I can't recall anyone saying WHY it won.

    There was another entry I thought would win (since they were all saying every entry was delicious) because it was named, Honey I'm Home. All things being equal, that's a fantastic name, and makes you associate Orlando with Home (warm, welcoming, accessible to anyone).

    It's a great question. Unless I missed it, which is possible, I don't think they ever said why this was the winner.









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    Looks a lovely dessert but not quite sure it screams Orlando
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    Here's a video from the event, that has a little bit of explanation:

    https://www.facebook.com/19797934027...6511747084590/

    Scott Joseph, one of the judges of the Top 10 finalists, also has his own blog about it here:

    https://www.scottjosephorlando.com/n...signature-dish

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    It's interesting to note this excerpt from Scott Joseph's site, AND to note that he doesn't say WHY hers was chosen:

    Delrieu's dessert included Italian meringue prepared with honey, nougat and fruit confit, on a red berries sorbet. It was distinct in its presentation at the judging for its whimsical bee, with a body fashioned out of chocolate and almond-slice wings. (SIDE NOTE: It was not presented as a bee in the photos we saw during the announcement)

    Of course, simply declaring a dessert to be the area's signature food item doesn't make it so. Neither does putting it on dessert menus throughout town, if indeed that comes to pass. Restaurant owners have been putting the words "World Famous" next to menu items since the days of Magellan. You get the final say.

    But even if this dessert doesn't catch on, the contest was successful for getting the culinary community together for friendly competition, and for raising awareness of Florida's honey production -- 17 million pounds a year, who knew?
    This is what we were shown, and while there is a little bee on the plate, it's not presented as Scott Joseph describes:

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    It actually begs the question, what do YOU think Orlando's signature dish should be?? There are several obvious possibilities, but the city's diversity is definitely against it.

    Gator Nuggets, anyone...?!

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    I would have thought that something with oranges would have resonated more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggers Friend View Post
    I would have thought that something with oranges would have resonated more?
    I agree with TF, something with oranges.

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    That's what I thought, too. I guess everyone knows about oranges and Florida (which is why it makes sense, right?!), but they said they wanted to highlight an ingredient people wouldn't know about, which Florida is "known" for (that logic hurts my brain).









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