Eating books – The Edible Book Competition at CPIT

Yesterday I got to judge my first literary prize. And eat the winner. My fellow judges were a wise and witty crew - Emily Spink - reporter at The Press, Sheila McBreen-Kerr of CPIT, and Joe Bennett - writer and columnist.

See our photos of the edible books.

We were mightily impressed with the entries. Ingenious, humourous, adorable, creepy - they had it all. We browsed, and cogitated. And here's what we decided:

Best interpretation of a book: 50 shades of Grey, made by Sarah Chin
CPIT Edible Book Competition

This was my category to choose a winner for. 50 shades of grey cupcakes was a thing of beauty, each cupcake a different shade of grey, with a hint of manacles to subtly allude to the book's naughtiness. It was also quite cool to be able to bestow a literary prize on E.L. James who I account a woman of taste.

Other winners:

Most delectable: The hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse – Julie Humby
CPIT Edible Book Competition

Most Imaginative: Frankenstein – Kiri Te Wake
CPIT Edible Book Competition

Check out his sewn up mouth!
CPIT Edible Book Competition

Funniest: The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Kiri Te Wake
CPIT Edible Book Competition

Best in Show: Sconehenge – Hugh Wall
CPIT Edible Book Competition

Everyone who came along got to vote too, and the People's Choice was the seasonally appropriate and stunning Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (yes, there is such a book - it is by Robert Rankin who I had the good fortune to meet at an Armageddon a few years ago).

Armageddon 2010

Thanks to:

  • The super clever entrants,
  • CPIT Library and the Food & Hospitality Department
  • Sponsors: Academy Books, Southern Hospitality.

See our photos.

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