Amira wins choc sculpturing comp again
Amira Malik, the 26 year old hijabi from Atherton, has won the Mareeba Chocolate Sculpting competition for the second year running.
Ms Malik, who is professor of Chocolate Studies at the Malanda TAFE, sculpted the winning entry "Benedict Stares" (above) which impressed the judges with its attention to detail and creative use of off-the-shelf confectionery.
"The hair was a bit tricky," explained Ms Malik. "After some experimentation, I ended up putting some Whitakker's peanut slabs into the sous-vide and then giving them a quick blanch in an ice-bath. Piss-easy. The crotch area was a doddle. I just cut off a cubit of choc liquorice rope and squashed on a couple of pink clinkers. Super realistic."
Runner-up in the competition was Ms Jemma Phipps of Mount Garnet for her sculpture (below) entitled "Keith Urban at the CMAs".
In their report, the judges praised the artwork's "uncanny likeness" to the Rock/Country Country/Rock superstar, but criticised the hat proportionality and lack of a chocolate Les Paul. They also noted the "disappointing absence of tatts" which they termed "a lost creative opportunity."
Benedict Stares will be on display at the Mareeba town hall until it is completely eaten.