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Style-Off: Day Five, Or, The Sexiest That Pudding Has Ever Been

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We're hosting our own Summer Food Fights on FOOD52 -- come play along! Big prizes await.

This is the fifth and final day of the Style-Off, an exceedingly difficult trial in which Heidi Swanson, Karen Mordechai, and Todd Coleman were all challenged to style an aesthetically unappealing dessert into a work of art. Today, we're congratulating everyone for playing along. 



This is the day the Style-Off draws to a close. Like the cutting into and subsequent collapse of a Cherpumple, there can only be sadness, followed by waves and waves of unadulterated glory. If you've been with us over these last four, grueling days, you know that the stakes were high, the photos were extraordinary, and that sticky toffee pudding has the tendency to get a little salacious. There's no denying that each stylist stepped up to the challenge; as Merrill "Stiff Peaks" Stubbs would say, they got in the game and just were the pudding.

After toffee, sweat, and tireless focusing, what we're left with is the most beautiful grid of desserts we think we've ever seen. It's a grid of Olympic proportions. Each photo truly transforms the tepid browns into something livelier and more colorful, so much so that we're hard-pressed to pick a favorite. But we'd love to hear yours -- tell us in the comments. Until then, we'd like to give a hearty congratulations to everyone on making pudding as sexy as it has ever been.


Tags: summer food fights, style-off, sticky toffee pudding, day five, final, grid

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about 3 years ago Ann

Food52! So beautiful.


about 3 years ago Jassy



about 3 years ago napassasin

Heidi's. The half uncovered cake highlighting both the rough(er) cake vs. the glossy syrup, the pools under the spoon...i can't stand it! I want to lick the plate!


about 3 years ago LauriL

For the love of it! Who else could drizzle a gooey toffee heart in such style? Food 52 is who!!!


about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

They were all amazing but i have to vote for Food52, James Ransom captured it in my opinion. They were all wonderful but the toffee flowing onto the cake like liquid gold just did it for me.


about 3 years ago Happy cooker

Food 52, for sure.


about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Without question the FOOD52 photo wins, by a wide margin. Why? Because it includes the very best aspects of all of the other three: the motion created by showing the sauce being poured in Mordechai's shot, the immediacy and single-mindedness created with the pitch black background of the Coleman entry, and the depth and shine of the sticky-gooey-ness captured in the Swanson photo. And in each case, the FOOD52 photo does it better. That toffee flowing and pooling has me aching to stick my finger in to taste it. ;o)