The Thee Minute Interview: Josie A.G. Shapiro

Josie A.G. Shapiro

The San Francisco resident is the latest winner of the Rodelle International Contest, a baking and cooking contest celebrating the best, worst and funniest moments in the kitchen. For more information, visit

What were you making for the baking challenge and how did you find the recipe?

I enter a lot of cooking contests and I use my own recipes. Since it was Rodelle, and they’re known for their baking supplies, I thought everyone would do something sweet, so I tried to think out of the box. I thought Rodelle’s anise would be good in a fennel gratin, and I had some spaghetti squash, so that’s where the recipe for the Caramelized Maple Spaghetti Squash came from.

What went wrong?

I put it in the oven and then I thought I’d take a short nap. I was at the tail-end of my pregnancy though, and I passed out for three hours. The squash exploded and I slept through it, but my husband saw it and photographed the disaster for me.

Did you ever think you could win a prize by having a kitchen fluke?

I did not! This was a new one for me. I didn’t think I could win by having a massive explosion in my oven. It was horrible and took forever to clean up. I am looking forward to baking with my prize though, a new Kitchen Aid mixer.

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