Lucie Allen took her first step toward becoming a famous chef Tuesday afternoon, winning the Great American Pie Contest held at Cheapside Park.
The 10-year-old took out numerous adults when she claimed the top prize in the non-professional division with her Easy Fruit Cheesy Pie. She won a $150 gift certificate to Meijer and a crystal trophy that she plans to display in her bedroom. “It was really exciting,” she said. “I was really surprised, because some of the adults looked really serious and they thought they were going to win. I didn't think I was going to win.”
Allen said she grew up around her Aunt Lucie Meyers' restaurant, A La Lucie, and wants to be a chef.
She has been working with her Easy Fruit Cheesy Pie recipe for about a year and half. She got the recipe from a cookbook called Sweet Treats, sold by Williams-Sonoma. The pie is a chilled cream cheese pie covered with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
“I've been making this pie for a while and was more experienced with it than other pies,” she said.
She said she tweaked the original recipe by adding more lemon juice and lemon zest. She also used different berries.
Lexington resident Debra Vogt won second place in the non-professional contest with her coconut pie, and Don Willoughby took third with an apple pie.
Kristie Eubank's rhubarb pie was named “prettiest” of the competition. Missy's Pies beat other challengers in the professional category with a Vanilla Girilla pie.