The Port Jefferson Village Center was buzzing for the Saturday’s first-ever Pumpkin Pie Bake-off and Eating Contest.
The competition was co-sponsored by the Port Jefferson’s newly opened pie shop, Torte Jeff Pie Co.
For the bake off, six judges — including GreaterPortJeff‘s content manager Nicholas Esposito — graded over 30 locally-made pumpkin pies on their appearance, taste, texture, and sliceability.
The first-place winner of $250 and lotto tickets went to general surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Kelly.
Lawrence, who was unable to make the contest, was surprise to hear he won after his wife, Mandy, brought home the winnings.
“I was really excited when she told me I won,” Lawrence told GreaterPortJeff. “I worked really hard on the pies.”
The doctor’s pie — which consisted of a variety of spices including special ingredient: cracked black pepper — was actually the first pumpkin pie he ever made.
He’s on a hot streak too!
“I just won a chili competition, so my cousin texted me about the pie competition,” said Lawrence, “so I just started trying different recipes.”
In addition to Lawrence’s pie, all diemakers created a second pie that will be raffled off to raise money for the local food pantry at Infant Jesus Church.
For the pie-eating contests (and more), check out the scenes below.