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California Raisins Announces Winners Of 5th Annual America's Best Raisin Bread Contest

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB) recently crowned the winners of the 5 th annual America's Best Raisin Bread Contest, the only professional baking competition in the nation.


Thirty-six finalists gathered October 12-13 at the American Institute of Baking (AIB) in Manhattan, Kan., to bake a variety of unique breads that starred the naturally sweet and classic baking ingredient: California raisins. Of the 36 finalists, 13 winners were chosen for their innovative and mouth-watering entries, competing in Artisan, Commercial and Breakfast categories. The California Prize was also awarded to recognize an honorable effort.

The winners include: 


  • Grand Prize – Courtney Reed & Susan Kay, Bay State Milling, Quincy, MA (Raisin² Pizza Crust)
  • Judges' Prize – Philippe Sanchez, Marriott International, Orlando, FL ( Fleur de Raisin)
  • Idea Prize – Siddharth Mangalore, Kendall College, Chicago, IL (Curried Whole Wheat Raisin Boule)
  • Student Prize – Jack Lonetto, Johnson & Wales Univ. North Miami, FL (Raisin Stuffed Breakfast Challah)


  • Grand Prize – Pamela Adams, University of Massachusetts (Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread)
  • Judges' Prize – Suzanne Tatis, Art Institute of Las Vegas (Lucky Golden)
  • Idea Prize – Molly Burke, Cargill, Plymouth, MN (Spicy Raisin Gingerbread)
  • Student Prize – Maria Quinn, French Pastry School, Chicago, IL (Not Your Grandma's  Banana Bread)


  • Grand Prize – Olivier Saintemarie, French Pavilion at Epcot, Orlando, FL (Raisins Florentine Danishes)
  • Judges' Prize – Joe Falcinelli, Bennison's Bakery,  Evanston, IL (Raisin Kovigor-Amann)
  • Idea Prize –Rachel Crampsey, Montclair Bread Co., Montclair, NJ (Carrot Raisin Nut Muffin)
  • Student Prize – Roman Anglin, Ritz Carlton Int'l, Valencia College, Orlando, FL (Sunny Tops)

California Prize: Maurice Kalisky, Upper Crust Baking Co., Davis, CA (Birdseed) 

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