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There was no escaping the sugary scent as visitors entered the gymnasium at Enver Creek Secondary last week.
It soon became apparent the sweet smell came from the structures lining the long tables – gingerbread houses, vehicles, even a pirate ship – dripping with icing and candy embellishment.
Organized by Enver Creek's teaching chef Mike Doyle, the competition attracted 23 entries made by close to 40 students from seven schools across the Lower Mainland.
Judges chef Terry Larsen, chef Andy Fenje and Trustee Bob Holmes inspected each, assessing the construction and creativity, including the use of gingerbread, icing and colour.
Entries were given gold, silver and bronze awards.
Gold winners were:
Mya Thompson and Griffin Kiryluk – Enver Creek Secondary (train, pictured above right)
A.J. Rocha and Alison Cheng – McNair Secondary
Cheyenne Tu – McNair Secondary
Maliha Khaku, Simran Bapla and Nimra Askar – McNair Secondary
Esther Ramirez and Mateo – Garibaldi Secondary
Greta Francke – Garibaldi Secondary
Daniela Dubljevic and Natalie Dick – Delta Secondary
Other special awards included:
Skillful use of icing: Mya Thompson and Griffin Kiryluk – Enver Creek Secondary
Best showing of gingerbread: Shiva Raj – Enver Creek Secondary (water wheel, pictured at top)
Best use of colour: Anna-Marie Panos and Peal Waraich – Enver Creek Secondary (sleigh, pictured at top)
Most creative: Cheyenne Tu – McNair Secondary
Best theme: Maliha Khaku, Simran Bapla and Nimra Askar – McNair Secondary
Most detailed: Esther Ramirez and Mateo – Garibaldi Secondary
Most professional: Greta Francke – Garibaldi Secondary
Best table: Daniela Dubljevic and Natalie Dick – Delta Secondary
The Best Overall award went to A.J. Rocha and Alison Cheng from McNair Secondary for their piece, which incorporated a variety of fairy tale characters and references.