Petsi Pies will move on to the final round on Friday.
Somerville bakery Petsi Pies gained national recognition yesterday, winning a Boston pie challenge on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
“GMA” is searching for the best cake in America, traveling to four different cities in a week-long series for its America’s Cake competition. The tour kicked off in Tampa on November 14, traveled to Denver on November 15, and visited Boston on Wednesday morning, where Petsi Pies competed against Sweet Teez Bakery at Quincy Market for a live television segment. The show will continue in Chicago on November 17. Petsi Pies will compete in a final showdown in New York this Friday, where they will take on the winners from the other competing cities. The winner will take home $10,000.
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“It was a great experience. It was full and celebratory and it felt like [there was] community and camaraderie, built around the idea of … representing Boston,” Petsi Pies owner Jill Remby told Boston.com. “It was super fun, and there was really good energy. The judges were great, and the team is very enthusiastic and great to work with.”
Judges Ming Tsai, restaurateur and television personality, Ty Law, former Patriots cornerback, and former Red Sox player Manny Delcarmen sampled a Mississippi mud pie from Petsi Pies and a sweet potato pie from Sweet Teez Bakery, owned by by Theresa Maynard. Remby told us a bit about what made her cake such a success.
“That’s four different ways to get chocolate into your belly,” Remby said. “It starts with a chocolate chip cookie that we make, bake and crush. … We have a chocolate bourbon filling, which is a secret family recipe from the founder, Renée McLeod, that has the most delicious, beautiful, bittersweet chocolate we can find. … It’s covered in very gooey mud brownies, all broken up and crumbled.” Remby said the cake is then drizzled with ganache.
Petsi Pies won the contest in a vote of two to one. Remby said that she is excited to travel to New York to compete in the finale and anticipates that she will be especially busy when she returns to Somerville.
“Going to the Big Apple is not something I do a lot,” Remby said. “I leave my bakery at a very crucial time, when the Thanksgiving planning is underway. It is our busiest time of the year. We will be making thousands and thousands of cakes when I return, starting on Sunday, for the holidays.
Watch the “GMA” segment of the Boston competition below.
Video courtesy of ABC News’ “Good Morning America”.”
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