Holiday Giving

Joy to the World

Elevate your cookie swap with recipes from leading local bakers who riff on memories from holidays abroad.

English Sticky Toffee Pudding From Lerome Campbell at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Lerome Campbell found redemption through sticky toffee pudding. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples’ executive pastry chef had made it to the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” in 2018, but got eliminated in the last of seven rounds. Then, in 2019, the network debuted a redemption round titled “Holiday Baking Championship Sweet Revenge,” starring the runners-up from the previous three years. Campbell won with his sticky toffee pudding. The finalists drew one of the three celebrity chef judges’ favorite holiday dishes. Campbell lucked out with Lorraine Pascale’s pick for sticky toffee pudding. “I was overjoyed,’” he says. “I knew my experience making it with Peter Timmins over the years would come in handy.” Although Campbell hails from Jamaica, once a British colony, he didn’t grow up with the gooey treat Pascale remembered from her youth in London. However, Timmins, a master chef, had taught Campbell the recipe back when he worked at the esteemed Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande. The chef has introduced it for the holidays in every kitchen he has
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