Chefs announced for Destin Desserts

Special to The Log

The Destin Desserts chefs’ competition showcases the best local chefs competing for the title of champion by creating original desserts using Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient. Now in its third year, the 2014 Destin Desserts competition will be held Jan. 17 at the Links Ballroom, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 U.S. Hwy. 98 West in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m., and includes social hour, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert tasting and voting, awards, silent auction and entertainment by Shades of Blue.

Sponsored by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center, and On the Coast Magazine, this year’s line-up promises a menu of delectable and unique desserts to tempt your taste buds.

The reigning Destin Desserts Champion, Chef Jim Shirah of Dewey Destin Harbor Side Restaurant, will serve as the head judge. Competing this year will be:

• Chef Brian Cartenuto, Tucker Dukes Lunchbox, Valparaiso

• Chef Trey Griffin, The Wine Bar, Destin

• Pastry Chef Heidi McAnulla, Bake My Day, Destin

• Chef Jack McGuckin, Bistro Bijoux, Destin

• Chef Dawnelle Northcutt, Catering To You, Niceville

• Pastry Chef Vanessa Poch, A Cupcakery by the Sea, Fort Walton Beach

• Chef Frank Webster, Ocean Club, Destin

“Destin Desserts is a delicious way to sample our famous Girl Scout cookies in one-of-a-kind desserts,” said Raslean M. Allen, Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc. chief executive officer. “Proceeds from the event help to fund the programs and services provided through Girl Scouting.”

Tickets are $25 per person and are limited. All attending the event will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dessert. Tickets are available at each chef’s business, as well as Southern Agenda in Niceville, Hair for You in Miramar Beach and Shear Twist in Niceville. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the three Girl Scout Service Centers or by calling toll free 1-888-271-8778.