Three pastry chefs, four judges, one blonde.

A crowd of chocophiles.


And a wild card.

Pastry chefs Amber Billingsley of Vinto (a rectangle of Dulcey gelato topped with a toasted homemade marshmallow)

Alexa Norlin of The Rose Establishment (a tiramisu-like layered mousse with a Dulcey rose)

and Courtney McDowell of Pago & Finca  (a Dulcey stack sided with brilliant Dulcey popcorn)

had their sweet way with Valrhona's new Dulcey chocolate, a caramelized white chocolate, then served their creations to a crowd at Caputo's Monday night.

A pro-am judging panel–three premier Utah chefs, Viet Pham of Forage, Ryan Lowder of Copper Onion and Takashi Gibo of Takashi and contest winner Ryan Call–

decided on the official winner: Courtney McDowell.

Guest of honor, Alex Espiritu of Valrhona, came in for the contest, and Salt Lake foodies were out in force, including Ruth Kendrick, owner of Chocolot local confectioners.

And Ruth was the one with the wild card.

She too has been playing around with Dulcey. And her gold-dusted Dulcey de leche cream enrobed with dark chocolate, was the best thing I tasted all night.