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Hot Raw Chef contest + raw caramel-fudge brownies

January 28, 2011

Today I am fulfilling two promises, and asking one huge favor from all of you.

Remember the raw caramel-fudge brownies on this post, for which I promised to share the recipe? I’m sharing it today. And remember also when I said in this post that I’d soon be announcing my first truly big opportunity as a chef? This is it.

I am officially a contestant in the
2011 Hot Raw Chef Sweet Valentine Recipe Contest.

My entry? A how-to video for these to-die-for caramel-fudge brownies.

The favor I’m asking? For you to VOTE FOR MY VIDEO, video #5!

 

There’s a lot at stake in this contest. If I were to win, not only would I receive a $5,000 scholarship towards a class at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, but perhaps even more importantly, I’d receive more exposure as an up-and-coming raw chef than I could ever hope to generate on my own. This means, among other things, I’ll have a better chance of getting my book published, and sooner rather than later!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE for video #5,
Chef Amber Shea Ford’s raw caramel-fudge brownies!

This is so, so, so unbelievably important to me. So, as promised, I’m casting aside my discomfort with self-promotion and asking you, from the bottom of my raw-chocolate-covered heart, to PLEASE cast your vote for me, Chef Amber Shea! I’m video #5.

In return for your vote, you’ll receive a FREE ebook containing all 42 of the contestants’ recipesβ€”including these brownie beauties.

You know you want to make these dark, tender, fudgy raw brownies and the cocoa-scented whipped caramel-vanilla icing on top. No dehydrator needed!

In addition to your own vote, I’m also begging you to tweet the link to vote along with my name, Amber Shea, retweet it, post it on Facebook, blog about it, email it to your friends and family, hand out flyers (just kidding on that last one), and generally do anything and everything you can to spread the word and get as many people as possible to vote for video #5!

Here’s an example tweet you can copy and paste:
Please vote for Amber Shea @AlmostVeganBlog as the next Hot Raw Chef! Vote for video #5 here : http://bit.ly/gKIRdP and please RT!

Voting takes only a minute, I promise. All you have to do is scroll to the bottom of the voting page to enter your name and email, and you’ll be sent to a list of entrants where you can select video #5. I will be more grateful to you than you can imagine. Please help me win this thing!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE for video #5,
Chef Amber Shea Ford’s raw caramel-fudge brownies!

Thank you all SO much, and keep your fingers crossed for me!

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146 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2011 10:26 am

    Hey friend!! I tweeted it, I voted, I Facebooked it. GOOD LUCK! Those look so delicious and amazing. I might have to make that over the weekend! πŸ˜€

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:08 pm

      Thank you, Noelle! You are the BEST!

  2. January 28, 2011 10:27 am

    Totally voted for ya! Those brownies look awesome πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:08 pm

      Thanks Lauren, I appreciate it!

  3. Brenda permalink
    January 28, 2011 10:29 am

    I voted for you. I hope you win! The brownies look delicious. I wish I had one to eat right now. I’m hungry!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:08 pm

      Thanks, Brenda! ::hands you a virtual brownie::

  4. January 28, 2011 10:38 am

    I VOTED! Love the recipe. I will be all over this like a bum on a ham-sandwich once I’m done with the low-glycemic thing!

    Congrats!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:09 pm

      I saw your blog post too, Cliff – you RAWK! Thank you SO much!

  5. January 28, 2011 10:44 am

    You’ve got my vote, lady!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:11 pm

      Thanks, Amanda!

  6. Matt permalink
    January 28, 2011 10:50 am

    Voted and going to pass it along!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:12 pm

      Thank you babydoll!

  7. January 28, 2011 11:07 am

    Fingers and toes are crossed!

    The brownies look divine.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:12 pm

      Thanks Lisa πŸ™‚

  8. Libbi Corson permalink
    January 28, 2011 11:13 am

    Voted for you and shared you on my Facebook page…good luck! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much for your help, Libbi! Let me know if/when you try the brownies!

  9. January 28, 2011 11:15 am

    Voted! πŸ™‚ your brownies do look delicious, to bad I don’t like caramel.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Brandi! And even if you don’t like cooked caramel, I have a hunch you’d love the raw stuff πŸ˜‰

  10. January 28, 2011 11:33 am

    wowie–looks totally delicious!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:15 pm

      Thanks Eliz πŸ™‚

  11. January 28, 2011 11:39 am

    I’ve voted, tweeted (which automatically facebooks). You’re learning very quickly at this self-promotion thing, btw πŸ™‚

    Good luck, those look delicious. I can’t wait to make them!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:16 pm

      Thank you on all counts, Debbie! I appreciate it so much.

  12. January 28, 2011 12:23 pm

    Just voted. Good luck!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:17 pm

      Thank you, Michelle!

  13. Mindy permalink
    January 28, 2011 12:25 pm

    You got my vote!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:17 pm

      I appreciate it, Mindy!

  14. January 28, 2011 1:12 pm

    great job amber! wish i had one of those brownies right now. yum.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:18 pm

      I’d give you one if I could, Bitt πŸ˜€

  15. January 28, 2011 1:40 pm

    Yum yum. I cast my vote πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:18 pm

      Thank you, Emma!

  16. Monica Soto permalink
    January 28, 2011 1:44 pm

    Voted. Looks awesome!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Monica!

  17. January 28, 2011 1:57 pm

    I voted for you- Good luck and kick some raw butt! πŸ˜‰

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:19 pm

      THANK YOU, Hannah dear! πŸ˜€

  18. January 28, 2011 1:59 pm

    I voted! Those look awesome! I would have voted anyways, but how do we get the e-cookbook??

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 28, 2011 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Aimee!

      They’ll be emailing you the ebook when voting ends on 2/9 πŸ™‚

  19. January 28, 2011 2:15 pm

    Good luck Amber! I can’t wait to find out the results – and to get that free ebook. Yummo!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:20 pm

      Thank you, Deanna! No kidding on the free ebook – it’ll be awesome!

  20. Kasi Bern permalink
    January 28, 2011 2:38 pm

    Hi Amber,
    Just curious you mentioned that you used a spring form pan, but did not see you take it out of the pan. I have not seen a square spring form pan where do you suggest I buy one?

    Also YOU have my VOTE ~ !

    Best of Luck

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 28, 2011 3:43 pm

      Hi Kasi! My 6-inch square springform was actually a hand-me-down from a friend, so I’m not exactly sure where to get one (I had never seen one before either). I’m guessing that online would be your best bet, though!

      • January 28, 2011 8:57 pm

        I found a 7-inch square Kaiser springform pan at Amazon. Nine-inch square springforms are pretty easy to find.

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        January 29, 2011 10:21 pm

        Thanks for the tip, Jane – I suppose Amazon.com is always a good bet, huh? πŸ™‚

  21. January 28, 2011 2:51 pm

    You go girl!! Fingers are crossed. πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:21 pm

      Thank you Teri!

  22. January 28, 2011 3:06 pm

    Voted! That frosting seriously just looks…so good. Wow. I need to get some cacao butter NOW. Good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:22 pm

      Hehe, you certainly do! Thanks for voting, and please let me know if/when you try the brownies!

  23. Carla Martins permalink
    January 28, 2011 3:12 pm

    You got my vote! πŸ˜‰

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:22 pm

      Thanks Carla!

  24. Stacey permalink
    January 28, 2011 3:15 pm

    best of luck to you. You’ve been working so hard. looking forward to making your recipes!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:26 pm

      Thank you, Stacey πŸ™‚ That means a lot!

  25. January 28, 2011 3:31 pm

    You have been voted for!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:27 pm

      Thanks Alayna!

  26. January 28, 2011 3:43 pm

    I saw your cute little video with that yummy looking treat! I voted for you. Good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:28 pm

      Hehe, thank you so much!

  27. katie permalink
    January 28, 2011 4:19 pm

    I voted for you! Good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:29 pm

      Thanks Katie!

  28. January 28, 2011 5:53 pm

    Voted!! Good luck, I’ve got my fingers crossed for you! The brownies look amaaaazing πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess! πŸ˜€

  29. January 28, 2011 7:00 pm

    Voted for you! Trying to tweet also but looks like that browser window’s frozen! Speaking of which, is there a link to the recipe without watching the video? Not much bandwidth for video-watching up here…

    Congrats in advance! I had a friend who did Living Light when I lived in CA, and I knew a lot of the people: it’s a great place, but aside from the additional networking, it probably won’t teach you more than you know from 105. Networking is ineffably important, though.
    love
    Ela

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:31 pm

      I haven’t put the recipe in print publicly, yet…but I just emailed it to you πŸ™‚

      I completely concur on the networking bit. I think that is/will be the most valuable part of it. Being able to take a class or two at Living Light would just be icing on the raw cake!

  30. January 28, 2011 8:06 pm

    you have my vote! they look amazing!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:31 pm

      Thank you SO much, Averie!

  31. January 28, 2011 8:30 pm

    Voted, tweeted, facebooked – anything for you my darling! I’m so confident that you deserve to win this, and that you will, but I’ll knock on wood right now just in case πŸ˜€

    *hugs*

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:32 pm

      You are the best of the best, Hannah πŸ˜€ ::major hugs back::

  32. January 28, 2011 9:15 pm

    Voted and promoted! Good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:32 pm

      I really appreciate it, Jane!

  33. January 28, 2011 10:13 pm

    Absolutely voted early today! Am passing the info to all I know as well as is Dad. Hope you win!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Mom πŸ™‚

  34. January 29, 2011 1:35 am

    I have just voted for you for your fab dessert and can’t wait to see the recipe. Why don’t you post more raw recipes???

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:34 pm

      Thanks, Cristina. I got a bit out of the habit of recipe-posting while I was away at 105, but two raw recipes in the past week isn’t too bad, right? I’m getting back in the swing πŸ™‚ There are many more to come!

  35. wolfenstein permalink
    January 29, 2011 4:14 am

    number 5 video Congratulations!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:35 pm

      Thanks so much!

  36. Tracy permalink
    January 29, 2011 4:33 am

    Voted! Good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:35 pm

      Thanks Tracy!

  37. January 29, 2011 5:02 am

    voted for you! all the best! cant wait to try them all out!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Christie!

  38. January 29, 2011 8:39 am

    I voted! Great job on your video πŸ™‚ What a yummy looking dessert!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:36 pm

      Thank you Tara, you rock! πŸ˜€

  39. January 29, 2011 11:34 am

    i’m drooling over here. and i voted for you πŸ˜€

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:37 pm

      Hehe, thanks Rachel!

  40. Allison permalink
    January 29, 2011 1:15 pm

    I voted : )
    Good luck ! Your recipe is beautiful !

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:37 pm

      Thank you Allison!

  41. January 29, 2011 1:55 pm

    oh my gosh, I would NOT want to go against you in a competition! Good luck -this looks great!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:37 pm

      Haha, thanks! πŸ™‚

  42. A Tablespoon of Liz permalink
    January 29, 2011 4:38 pm

    you’ve got my vote, that looks amazing!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:38 pm

      Thank you, Liz!

  43. January 29, 2011 9:04 pm

    Wow, Amber, those are the nicest live food dessert photos I’ve seen in quite a while. Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future. If you get in touch by me with email, I’d love to work in something you’ve done to a blog post at Vegan.com.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 29, 2011 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Erik, and I’d be honored to be featured on Vegan.com! I’ve emailed you.

  44. Jayme permalink
    January 30, 2011 2:49 am

    I voted for your brownies, they look divine! I don’t have a Twitter or Facebook, but I do have a Live Journal and will tell everyone I know to vote for you! πŸ˜€

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 30, 2011 11:32 am

      Thank you, Jayme! I appreciate it!

  45. January 30, 2011 8:12 am

    I voted! Your video was super cute! GOOD LUCK πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 30, 2011 11:32 am

      Aw, thanks Diana! πŸ˜€

  46. January 30, 2011 11:54 am

    Just voted for you too!! Best of luck. I hope you win!!!!!!! You totally deserve this πŸ˜‰

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 30, 2011 12:01 pm

      Thank you SO much, Jill!

  47. January 30, 2011 2:04 pm

    Just voted!!! You’re a natural honey! Love it and cannot wait to make it either.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 30, 2011 2:14 pm

      Wonderful! Thank you, Robyn!

  48. January 30, 2011 7:06 pm

    nice!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 30, 2011 7:14 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  49. January 31, 2011 1:26 am

    I’m happy to vote for you and tweet this.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 8:49 am

      Thanks so much, Sondi!

  50. January 31, 2011 8:35 am

    And how did I not know about this contest before the entry deadline?! Lol – just kidding – I am far from a hot chef…

    Your brownie looks wonderful! Can’t wait to check out the recipe video later today! πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 8:50 am

      Hehe! Thanks, I hope you enjoy the video and vote for me πŸ™‚

  51. Millie permalink
    January 31, 2011 11:35 am

    Good luck, I voted for your brownies. They look so good!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 11:37 am

      Thank you, Millie!

  52. January 31, 2011 1:29 pm

    Just voted for you. Wishing you good luck. Can’t wait to try the recipe–perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 3:12 pm

      It IS perfect for V-Day! Thanks Kathleen!

  53. Christie permalink
    January 31, 2011 2:56 pm

    Awesome recipe- voted for you!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 3:12 pm

      Yay, thank you Christie!

  54. January 31, 2011 3:36 pm

    I voted for ya! And damn do those brownies look amazing! Seriously delicious! πŸ™‚ How fun!

    I hope you win! And WHEN YOU DO, you’ll have to visit me while you’re at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute- Or I’ll visit you! It’s a few hrs away from where I live!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Lori!

      I will TOTALLY visit you WHEN I win and go to LL πŸ˜‰ but speaking of visiting, you just reminded me of something I’ve been meaning (and forgetting) to email you about! Doing so now!

  55. January 31, 2011 4:50 pm

    Voted!!! You are so adorable! I’m not sure which was sweeter, you or those delicious brownies! πŸ™‚

    Good luck!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 5:47 pm

      Oh, you ::blush:: Thank you so much, m’dear. I really appreciate the vote!

  56. January 31, 2011 8:44 pm

    I voted for ya, Amber! Those brownies look glorious!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 31, 2011 9:10 pm

      Thanks Jess!

  57. January 31, 2011 9:51 pm

    Hi, those brownies look so good! You’ve got my vote as well πŸ™‚

    Happy blogging!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 1, 2011 8:54 am

      Awesome, thanks so much!

  58. February 1, 2011 1:28 pm

    Oh yummy! Good luck. I’ll have to go vote for you πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 1, 2011 1:42 pm

      Thank you, Shannon Marie!

  59. February 1, 2011 2:55 pm

    I voted for you, sweet lady! Those brownies look so yummy!!
    Oh, and you won my CSN Stores giveaway! Check your email! Congrats!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 1, 2011 3:17 pm

      WOOHOO! Double-thank-you! πŸ˜€ I haven’t gotten your email yet, but I’ll email YOU!

      • February 1, 2011 4:12 pm

        You are so welcome..
        Could you email me at chambersky (at) gmail (dot) com when you can? I’ll send you your gift code for CSN stores. Thanks!

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        February 1, 2011 4:15 pm

        Yup – I emailed you there about an hour ago πŸ™‚

  60. February 1, 2011 6:48 pm

    My fingers are crossed and my vote is in! You deserve it, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing pictures on your WINNING post πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 1, 2011 6:49 pm

      Hehe! Thank you so much for your support, Kylie πŸ™‚

  61. February 1, 2011 6:53 pm

    going to vote for you now!! good luck!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 1, 2011 6:54 pm

      Awesome! Thanks, Lindsay!

  62. February 2, 2011 1:53 pm

    Love it – Voted, of course πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 2, 2011 1:54 pm

      Thank you, Callie!

  63. February 2, 2011 3:30 pm

    YAY!!! Great job….I voted for you! :o)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 2, 2011 3:31 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks Michelle!

  64. Monique permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:22 am

    I voted for you! Great video. Keep up the good work : )

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 3, 2011 6:28 am

      Thank you, Monique!

  65. February 3, 2011 4:58 pm

    voted!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 3, 2011 5:02 pm

      Thanks Jenny!

  66. February 3, 2011 5:34 pm

    I voted! Those look awesome πŸ™‚ I could use some right now…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 3, 2011 5:46 pm

      Hehe, thank you Tanya!

  67. February 7, 2011 9:56 am

    I voted for you dear. Good luck. They look delicious.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 7, 2011 1:05 pm

      Thanks! I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

  68. Kim permalink
    February 9, 2011 4:54 pm

    I voted! They look delish!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 9, 2011 4:56 pm

      Thank you, Kim!

  69. Jennifer permalink
    March 3, 2011 10:58 am

    Way to go Amber! Congratulations on your sweet victory!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      March 3, 2011 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! πŸ™‚

  70. Alex permalink
    January 1, 2012 9:59 am

    Dear Amber,

    I have been following yoour blog and I love it! Moreover, I love your recipes. Your raw caramel brownies are to die for, I just made them yesterday and they’re almost gone! I think they will help me get my boyfriend off conventional sweets! But, your kale chips are amazing too. So, keep up creating those amazing and luscious recipes and I’ll keep trying them and enjoying myself in the process. All the best in 2012

    • January 1, 2012 12:17 pm

      Hi Alex – thank you so much! I’m thrilled you and your bf love these brownies. I’ll have lots more recipes for sweet treats and a whole chapter on kale chips in my book Practically Raw, which will be out in March 2012! πŸ™‚ Happy new year!

  71. May 31, 2012 3:57 pm

    Hi There Sweet Amber,

    Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome recipe on my monthly recipe round-up highlighting raw dishes. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other inspiring raw recipes from sweet to savory.

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/05/monthly-round-up-may-2012-raw-foods.html

    Hugs,,
    –Amber

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