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Lacroix's Ortega wins cookie contest

Spiced Caramel Chocolate Tuiles hit the spot at a fundraiser.

Hundreds of people stood in line between noon and 1 p.m. on Friday (12/9/11) in the rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place to get free cookies baked by six city chefs during a taste-off orchestrated by Philadelphia magazine.

Donald D. Groff of the Daily News reports that each taster was given one ticket to place in a ballot box of his/her favorite.

When they were tallied, the winning cookie was the Spiced Caramel Chocolate Tuiles, round with ginger, lemon and spices with a disc of chocolate placed on top. The winning recipe was created by Frederick Ortega, executive pastry chef at Lacroix.

Proceeds from coffee sold from noon-2pm at the nearby Saxby's coffee shop were to be donated to a charity of the winning restaurant's choice, the American Cancer Society.

Taking part were: Monica Glass, pastry chef for 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge; Jessica Mogardo, pastry chef for Garces Restaurant Group; Elizabeth Halen, owner of the Flying Monkey Bakery; Frederick Ortega, executive pastry chef at Lacroix; Caitlin Grady, pastry chef for Parc; Cedric Barberet, pastry chef for Le Bec-Fin and pastry consultant to Georges' and Table 31