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Los Angeles Times

Kimberly Zeidner

Third place: Kimberly Zeidner, Boca Raton The recipe: Pear streusel cheesecake Why it won third place: Unlike other cheesecakes, this one features several different textures and flavors: short bread crust, gently cooked sliced pears, creamy sweetened cream cheese and streusel topping. Baker bio: Zeidner, 27, is the go-to person among her family, friends and co-workers for home-baked sweets. "A woman that I work with said I should enter this contest, she says. "So I did and here I am." She's particularly adept at cheesecake and once entered this recipe in a Philadelphia Cream Cheese contest. She didn't win. Until now.Josh Ritchie, Sun Sentinel