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The Naked Baker, LLC won the grand prize in the Early Stage category.

In Dining

Milwaukee Craft Brew Vinegar took home the prize in the Start-up category.

Cookies and beer vinegar take home the gold in Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Chal

The Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge winners were announced yesterday afternoon at Milwaukee Area Technical College's future Food Maker School at 816 West National Ave.

Of the six entrepreneurs who made it to the finals, two winners were chosen.

Susan Knutson, The Naked Baker, LLC was the grand-prize winner in the Early Stage category. The Naked Baker aims to create the ultimate cookie experience with frozen, all-natural gourmet cookie dough. Each recipe uses all natural ingredients free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oils.

Robert Holton, Milwaukee Craft Brew Vinegar, took home the prize in the Start-up category. Milwaukee Craft Brew Vinegar ferments craft beers into unique malt vinegars, from a saison-style which ages into a champagne-like vinegar to the richness of a maple bock aged to almost balsamic-like finish.

Grand prize winners received:

  • $2,000 in seed money from Reliable Water Services
  • Tuition for a 3-credit course at MATC during the 2015-16 academic year
  • A private meeting with food and beverage industry executives serving on FaB Wisconsin's advisory council and a one-year membership in FaB Wisconsin
  • Commercial kitchen and consultation services from MKE Kitchen plus registration fee for Riverwest Farmer's Market if appropriate; total value $1,000
  • Prize package worth $350 from Fein Brothers Restaurant Equipment & Supplies

For the first time this year, there was also a People's Choice winner in each category, selected by attendees at the event. People's Choice winners included Robert Holton of Milwaukee Craft Brew Vinegar and Jessica Williamson of Cream City Casseroles, Milwaukee's only casserole delivery service.

The Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College, Reliable Water Services, a statewide provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners and FaB Wisconsin, the state's food and beverage industry cluster network. Other prize sponsors include Fein Brothers and MKE Kitchen.


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