The Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off returns for its fifth year at The Hutong this Mar 25 for a day of fun, cookies, and a guaranteed sugar rush, all in the name of charity. Well, charity and massive bragging rights, for if you win not only will you have raised money for a local (yet to be named) organization but you shall forever be cookie bake-off champ!
Attendees will then be able to browse the lucky 15 hopefuls and nibble to their heart’s content as well as wash it all down with warm milk courtesy of The Hutong. There’ll also be hot chocolate and hot toddies for those who want to kick it up a notch as well as a raffle later on in the day.
Although the Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off is largely a great way to spend a day in the name of a good cause, it has led to bigger things for some of those who have previously taken part. One example would be that of Jonathan Ellis, who first broke through into the city’s F&B scene as a baker at the inaugural Cookie Monster Bake-Off in 2013, and left Beijing this past month. Upon entering, Ellis considered himself a mere hobbyist but after being crowned the winner, he went on to found his own Big Bear Baked Goods business, selling cookies at restaurants around town.
If you’d like to enter this year’s bake-off, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your cookie recipe and a photo before Friday, Mar 2. Tickets for attendees cost RMB 150 or RMB 100 for Hutong members, a portion of which, along with the raffle tickets and a part of the cookie sales, will go to charity. You can read more about the competition here.
Photos courtesy of the organizers