2015 Best in Show Recipe: Rebecca Tosdevin’s Steak & Guinness Pie

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Rebeecca Tosdevin’s Steak and Guinness Pie was awarded first place and Best in Show at the 2015 KCRW Good Food Pie Contest.

Rebecca Tosdevin was a new face this year at the 7th Annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest for her Steak and Guinness Pie, which won Best in Show and first place in the Savory category. Always curious to learn the stories of our awardees and the inspiration that drives their creations, we invited Rebecca to the KCRW studios to talk pie.

According to Rebecca, her big win last week came as a complete surprise because she hasn’t had any professional culinary school experience. Her Steak and Guinness Pie is a family recipe that her British mother makes, which simply calls for good quality vegetables and stew meat, so she used chuck steak from Belcampo. For the crust, she added lard sourced from Santa Monica butcher Peads & Barnetts.

Then, inspired by the surface-designs of the pies at at Huckleberry, where Rebecca worked in savories till just three weeks ago (she’s starting now in the bakery section, naturally), Rebecca used a cookie cutter and layered the shapes across the surface. From Huckleberry’s front of house staff to barista to blue ribbon winner at the 2015 KCRW Good Food Pie Contest, we’ll definitely be curious to see what she comes up with next year!

For now, those of you who’d like to taste Rebecca’s award-winning Steak and Guinness Pie can do so because Huckleberry will be serving it all next week, so go try a slice!

Huckleberry: 1014 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA (310-451-2311)

Best in Show - Rebecca Tosvedin
(L–R) Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, Rebecca Tosdevin and Good Food Host Evan Kleiman.(The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)