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The Great Cookie Cook-Off

Twice Baked

Thank you to all those who joined us for The Great Cookie Cook-Off Twice Baked virtual cocktail party! A special thank you to Chef Brian, Chef Alycia,  Chef Jose, and our Mixologist John Ward. Thank you to all those who participated in our online auction. And thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Best Dressed Plate, as well as our Bronze Sponsors, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child and Peapack-Gladstone Bank for making this possible!

And the winner is....

Jose Gonzalez from The Coffee Box with his Samoas & Thin Mints Tres Leches Cake!


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:


All funds raised from this event will help benefit Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey programming including STEM & robotics, council-based initiatives breaking down barriers to inclusivity, including language and financial, enhanced programming for girls, and unique outdoor experiences.

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Meet Chef Alycia Matthews

Chef Alycia Matthews

Owner and Chef of Foodie Engineer, where she is a private chef and caterer. Chef Alycia was a finalist on The Rachael Ray Show’s Culinary School Tuition Competition in 2015. She is a recent graduate of The Institute of Culinary Education in New York. When she's not cooking, Chef Alycia works as an engineer.  Alycia is a proud former Girl Scout, and is so excited to share her food with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.

Meet Chef Brian Walter

Chef Brian Walter

Brian Walter is the Executive Chef at Shackamaxon Country Club.  Brian has 20 years of success in both the private club industry and with world class restaurants. 

At the age of 18, Walter earned the Chef De Partie title at the French Consulate, where he worked under then French Master Chef Luc Pasquier.

Walter went on to become Chef De Partie at two world famous New York City restaurants, Le Cirque 2000 and Lespinasse, and subsequently was named the Executive Sous Chef at Guastavino’s (also in New York) under celebrity Chef Daniel Or.  Walter spent his last year in New York City as Chef De Cuisine at the iconic Union Club.  At the age of 25, he became the Executive Chef at Acqua Ristorante in Raritan, New Jersey, which led to him becoming the Executive Chef of the Char Steakhouse Restaurant Group. 

During his career, Walter was given the distinction of becoming an honorary James Beard Foundation member, and his creative food dishes have been recognized in local and national publications.  Walter also has appeared as a guest chef on Good Morning America, FOX5 Good Day New York and NBC Today.

Meet Chef Jose Gonzalez

Chef Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez is a baker and barista at The Coffee Box. He developed his love of baking and cooking at an early age learning from his family’s restaurant in Guatemala. Jose enjoys experimenting with flavors and ingredients and brings an artist approach to his craft. Outside the shop, Jose loves biking and music.

Meet Mixologist John Ward

John Ward, General Manager of CoolVines Newark

John will be providing a sweet take on Girl Scout Cookie-inspired cocktail. Follow along for this zesty demonstration!