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Winners of Student Competition at the Carve IV

student competition winnersAbout 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.

Nita Gill and James Parker - Judges

Nita Gill (me) and Food Network Champion Carver, James Parker served as judges for the U.S. Collegiate National Championships

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

awards banquet following the Collegiate National Championships

Awards were presented at a banquet following the Collegiate National Championships

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.

Learn to carve like a pro

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6 Responses to Winners of Student Competition at the Carve IV

  1. Marcy July 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    These are awesome! Now how to turn this craft into an income!?a

    • Nita July 13, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      Many of my customers do make money with this craft by selling carvings and arrangements for parties and events.

  2. barbara July 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    This is very nice i like

  3. Tator July 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Thanks for posting vids and pics from back in the day it’s fun to watch.

    • Nita July 13, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      It was a fun event wasn’t it?

  4. tator July 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    yes it was and to Marcy i sell arrangements all the time especially weddings and themed parties

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