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Omni Holiday Cookie Competition

Updated: Mar 13

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas... cookies that is! And we have plenty to share!

Cookies photographed from top left to bottom right: Rudolf the Red Nose Macaron, Apple of My Pie, Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pie, Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle, Merry Mallowdoodle, and Orange Ginger.


We believe the holidays are a time of togetherness and in this spirit, Omni Amelia Island Resort invited five of Northeast Florida's top pastry chefs to share their treasured holiday cookie recipes in our first Omni Holiday Cookie Competition.


Chefs photographed from top left to bottom right: Chef Christina Longo, Chef Erika Pierce, Chef Rebecca Reed, Chef Paige Murray, Chef Nils Rowland, and Chef Megan Dolan.


Competing chefs include Chef Paige Murray of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Chef Nils Rowland of Crème de la Cocoa, Chef Christina Longo of Taverna, Chef Rebecca Reed of the Black Sheep Restaurants, Chef Erika Pierce of Moxie Kitchen, and Chef Megan Dolan of Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.


Judges pictured from top left to bottom r: Paisley Bennett, Cory Bolden, Kate Chenoweth, Froy Esclusa. Photographed with chefs in the center.


After trying each cookie in September 2019, the judges named the Rudolf the Red Nose Macaron by Chef Paige Murray the winner, with the Apple of My Pie by Chef Nils Rowland a close second. All of these cookies will be available to purchase on Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during our holiday cookie pop-up shop located at The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation. Thanks to the generosity of our participating chefs, all proceeds from the cookie sales will go to Feeding America Northeast Florida through Omni Hotels' Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative.


To read more about the Omni Holiday Cookie Competition, see the holiday edition of Edible Northeast Florida Magazine. To learn more about the Holiday Cookie Pop-Up Shop, please visit http://bit.ly/omniameliaholidays.