Key Lime Pie Championships!  ​July 5th, 2014   11am-1pm 

Be the first to sample innovative and classic pies from contestants vying for the Key Lime Cup in the Commercial and Independent Divisions of The 2014 Key West Key Lime Pie Championships. $10 Admission includes 5 selections from the sampling table and a ballot to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Cash bar, music, prizes for best Key Lime Pie attire, & a special visit from Key Lime Kirby will make this an unforgettable event for the entire family. It doesn’t get more American than Key Lime Pie!  Tix via PayPal $10 or at The Smokin’ Tuna on the day of the event. Entry includes 5 tastings and people’s choice judging of the entries. 

2014 Key Lime Pie Champtionships Slideshow

Photos by Carol Tedesco

2013 Key Lime Pie Champtionships Slideshow

Key Lime Pie Entries - Deadline For Entry July 4th, 2014

  • Entrants must provide two pies for each recipe entered.
  • Please specify Commercial Division (for establishments that sell or serve pie to the public) or Independent Division (for individuals) and Classic (for a traditional Key Lime Pie) or Innovative (for variations such as cheesecake, tarts, bacon infused, etc.).
  • It's free to enter pies into the 2014 Key Lime Pie Championship. 
  • All pies must be completely prepared by the entrant and delivered to The Smokin’ Tuna on July 5th, 2014 between 9:45 am and 10:45 am.
  • Pie racks and refrigeration will be available on premise. Pies must be kept below 45 degrees F prior to delivery.
  • Each pie should be clearly labeled with the entrant's name, phone number, category (Independent or Commercial & Innovative or Classic) and the name of the pie entry. Judging is blind. We will not include your name or the name of your establishment for the judges.
  • Winners will be announced around 1:45 pm on July 5th. The judges’ decisions are final and binding.
  • Each pie entry will be judged by 5 judges on the following criteria:
  • The judging criteria will be based on a 1-9 point system. All category points will be added to determine the winner. In the event of a tie, the judges will re-judge the pies until a winner is decided.

Key Lime Pie Judging Criteria

First Impression: 
• Pre-Slice Score (includes general appearance, consistency of pie elements)
• After-Slice Score (based on degree of firmness and ease of slicing)
• Impression of First Taste Score

A Closer Look:
• Flavor (strength and balance of appropriate flavors)
• Mouth Feel (appropriate consistency)
• Crust
• Aftertaste

Overall Impression:
• Impressiveness

• Originality of Pie

2013 Guest Judges

Michael Schultz, Mike Mosi, Margit Bisztray, Daniel Mccurdy

2014 Guest Judges

Anne Marrero, Clayton Lopez, Rob Oniel, Richard Talmadge, Tania Beguinati

2014 Champions

Professional Classic 2014

1st Shor American Seafood Grille -
Classic Key LIme PIe

2nd Blue Heaven -
Mile High Key Lime Pie

3rd Southernmost Beach Cafe - Key Lime Pie with Oreo Crust

Professional Innovative 2014

1st Ocean Key Resort & Spa
Cashew Crust w Mango & Kiwi
2nd Glazed Donuts- Key Lime Donut
3rd Key West Key Lime Pie Company KLP -Pineapple Toasted Coconut

Independant Innovative 2014

1st Stephanie Kaple - Key Lime Pie
2nd Katie Westphal - Key Lime Cheesecake
3rd Michelle St Pierre - Black Bottom Key Lime Pie

Independant Innovative 2014

1st Justin Harris - Red, White & Blue
2nd Amy Freeze - Sitting on a Sandbar
3rd Tony Lazarus - Key Lime Margarita Pie

2013 Champions

1st Place Professional 2013 

1st - Tee Patino
Blue Heaven
2nd - Layla Barr 
Ginger & MaryAnn
3rd - Denise Lear
 Traditional - Square One

1st Place Amateur 2013

1st Stephanie Kaple
Key Lime Pie Cheesecake
2nd Jennifer Morris
Flip Flop Morris
3rd Scott Pinto
Orange Marmalade

People's Choice 2013

1st Tony Lazarus
Key West Spice Company
2nd Mike Wilson 
Michaels's Restaurant
3rd Scott Pinto &
Katheryn Pischel


First Place trophies will be awarded for Best Independent Classic, Best Independent Innovative, Best Commercial Classic, Best Commercial Innovative and People’s Choice.

Winners in each division will receive bragging rights, publicity and a trophy noting their achievement.
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$10 dollars - each pie entry (includes admission to the tasting)
$10 dollars - entry to tasting (non pie entry per person)