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2004 Rawsome Pie Contest

Blueberry Love Cake raises $575 at the 2004 International Festival of Raw & Living Foods Rawsome Pie Competition!


This year's winning entry raised a record $575, even with a slice missing. This wasn't just any cake—this was the winner of the Rawsome Pie Contest at the 2004 Festival of Raw & Living Foods, held near Portland, Oregon, August 21. The Rawsome Pie Competition was once again coordinated by Living Light director, Cherie Soria. The esteemed panel of culinary judges also included chefs Chad Sarno, Victoria Boutenko, Kristin Suratt, and Nomi Shannon.


The distinguished panel of celebrity chefs, in a blind judging, selected René Archner's Blueberry Love Cake as the grand prize winner.


The pie contest entries were auctioned off
by Josh Steinhauser. Marcos the winning bidder, is pictured here with
grand prize winner René Archner.

Cherie Soria presents $1,500 to the association directors Linda Simon and Victoria Jayne, who put their lives on hold to make the festival happen. It's a tremendous amount of work and they did it with love and grace. They deserve all our thanks for keeping the vision alive!


First prize for the winning contestant was $100 in cash and a scholarship, valued at $440, to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute's entry level course, FUNdamentals of Living Foods. The proceeds of the auction went to the Festival of Raw and Living Foods Association, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that produces the festival.



Contestants:(all winners!), pictured left to right, Erica Ayers, Ala Berry Cream Pie; John Kohler, Bery Blueberry Cake; Abbey Jaye (AJ) with two entries: Pistachio Fudge Decadence and Razzle Dazzle Coconut Cream Pie; Sean Bogdanovich and his exotic Pineapple Durian Pie; René Archner, Blueberry Love Cake; and Joshua McHugh (another Living Light graduate) for his Meyers Lemon Lavender Cheesecake.

Second place winner:
Bery Blueberry Cake.

Second place went to John Kohler for his light-filled Bery Blueberry Cake.

Third place went to Joshua McHugh (another Living Light graduate) for his amazingly delicious Meyer Lemon-Lavender Cheesecake with Wild Blackberry Coulis


Cherie Soria presents René with the $100 cash first prise and a
scholarship to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute


The first place winner (for the second year in a row), taking home $100 in cash and a scholarship to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, was Rene Archner of Germany. Since Rene has already attended the Living Light Associate Chef Training Series, he plans to donate his scholarship to a friend!


If you would like to attend a Living Light Culinary Arts training and learn to make rawsome pies and other amazing raw and living foods, call (707) 964-2420 or visit workshops page at to learn more about upcoming workshops and retreats by Living Light.