About a year and a half ago, I had the honor of judging a fruit carving student competition at an event called Carve IV that took place in Holland, Michigan at the city’s bustling Farmer’s Market. It was my second year that I had the honor of serving as a judge for the Collegiate National Championships.
A couple of weeks ago we posted about upcoming fruit and vegetable competitions and while digging around for photos, I came across a few videos from the competition and realized that I had yet to share them. Take a peek at the videos to see the imaginative carving displays that the students created.
How a Fruit Carving Student Competition Works
The student competition included several events. The first was a basic individual event. This was followed by the surprise round, where contestants received a basket containing random fruits and vegetables. The unknown factor caused them to use quick thinking and creativity to make their displays. The competition wrapped up with a team event, where groups of three students carved a display that was pre-planned before the contest.
I worked alongside Food Network’s Fruit Carving Champion, James Parker, judging the spectacular work of college students from several culinary departments from across the country. We both enjoyed the remarkable creativity that the students displayed in their artwork.
Videos of the Winners of the Student Competition
Here are three videos of the three winning entries from the team event of the student competition.
It was a lot of fun seeing all the wonderful ideas that the students came up with. These videos show only a portion of the student competition but at least give a glimpse at the festivities.
Awards were given to the teams and individual winners at an awards banquet after the event. Winners received cash, gift certificates for tools and lesson from a couple of suppliers and DVD lessons from yours truly at VegetableFruitCarving.com.
The Carve VI will take place this coming October. But this year it will be a pumpkin carving competition only, rather than a fruit carving event. That is a little sad from my perspective because I really enjoy seeing all the colors, shapes and sizes of a variety of fruits and veggies. But for other carvers who look forward all year to carving during pumpkin season it should be a blast.
For more details, you can contact Greg Butauski at Art the Experience.
This year it will be a one day event rather than a two day event. There will most likely be a professional competition and an amateur competition. Because the format is changing for 2013, I’m not sure it will have the same type of student competition. But with our without the fruit and/or the student competition, it should still be a lot of fun to attend or compete in.