Nationally Recognized Food Blogger Coming to DLM Culinary Center.

By: Jessie Kuhn | Staff Writer
On: June 01, 2016

Like any good story, this one starts with a German chocolate cake. West Chester-based Karri Perry won her first Best of Show in 2007 at the Butler County Fair. With two kids in tow, she carefully wheeled her cake into the fair as it sat seat-belted in her double-stroller. From there, the rest is history. Karri has earned the sweet reward of numerous blue ribbons at fairs, festivals, and bake-offs. All together, she’s racked up 75 first place wins and 13 best of show honors.

One day, a friend asked Perry, a stay-at-home mother to two, “why are you not sharing this with the world?” Then came the blog, titled appropriately—Blue Ribbon Kitchen, “It’s counterintuitive, I know,” admits Karri when asked if she’s ever considered keeping her blue ribbon-winning recipes close rather than sharing with the world. “Sharing great recipes and great food is a loving thing to do. There’s so much joy in that,” she says. “Once I’ve won, it belongs to everyone.”

Karri whips up her signature award-winning Margarita Key Lime Pie with ease in the DLM Culinary Center—the same pie that took home top honors on the Today Show in 2015 during a Pi Day competition. She knows the recipe by heart and smiles as she swiftly swirls freshly made whipped cream.

When Karri creates a new recipe to take to a competition, she’ll often make several versions of the baked good in order to figure out what the unique edge is of each. She’ll note things like the taste, texture, and technique that she likes from each recipe. Then, she’ll get to work with new prototypes until it all feels just right. “You’ve got to eat with your eyes first. ... You want your desserts to be pleasing to the eye, but it’s gotta taste good.” From first sight to first bite, her Margarita Key Lime Pie hits all of the high notes.

In the months to come, Karri is bringing out some of her best blue ribbon recipes to the DLM Culinary Center for you to not only taste, but to learn how to make. “Everybody gets to make and take home a pie,” she says of the first class titled Margaritaville at the Culinary Center on June 28 (and yes, there will be margaritas). Karri’s bubbling with excitement for all of the classes she’ll be teaching throughout the year. “If I can do it, you can do it,” she says with a smile!