19th annual ice carving competition
Ice sculptors have to work harder in heated competition in Jackson
Ice sculptor Murray Long of Rochester works to complete his moose carving Monday at The Wentworth in Jackson. (BOB HOOKWAY PHOTO)
"You start out to make a swan. Then it turns into a duck. Then it turns into a lump. Then it turns into cocktail ice," he said of sculptures that can fail for a variety of reasons, including sculptor error.
Most, if not all, of the contestants either are or have been chefs at one time. Long, 53, turned out top-flight meals at resorts and casinos in Las Vegas for 20 years, including at Caesars Palace.
When Koeppel heard the weather report, he was glad, too. "I'd rather have it this way. Usually we have good weather for the sculptors, but then the sculptures melt in a short while. I know this is tougher for carvers, but they're handling it well."
Tim Pierce, a chef at the Samoset Resort in Maine, took first place with his carved swordfish, and Shawn Grenier, of the Woodstock Inn in Vermont, finished second. He carved a sea horse.
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