ATLANTA, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As if America's sweet tooth needed more prodding, an exclusive trade show for the dessert industry recognized a number of great tasting desserts at the 5th Annual Great American Dessert Expo in Atlanta, GA June 1-3, 2007. The American Culinary Federation Greater Atlanta Chapter hosted the first ever "Signature Cake Competition" and additional awards were presented to the winners of the second "Small Bite, Big Taste" Competition. The show, held in conjunction with Coffeefest, is the nation's first trade show dedicated exclusively to the huge dessert industry. The ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Signature Cake Competition was sponsored by Barry Callebaut. The theme of the competition was "Spring time in Atlanta." 12 beautiful cakes were entered and judged by leading personalities in the pastry world including Joe Amendola, Helmut Holzer, Chris Northmore and Derek Spendlove. The winner of the $2,000 Grand Prize went to Kyong Ran Hwang, $1,000 2nd Prize winner was Sara Payne and $500 3rd Prize winner was Susan Notter. The winners for the second "Small Bite, Big Taste" Competition reserved for Dessert Expo exhibitors were: Best New Products went to Mercer's Dairy for their wine ice cream and Trish Pat, Nettie and Angel's Gorgeous Grub for their toffee infused sauce enveloping the tart green apple canopy. The Best Pastry went to Depree Rum Cakes LLC - Their recipe for their traditional Rum Cake was handed down from generation to generation. The Best Chocolate went to Barry Callebaut for their Cacao Barry "Mexique" 66% new single origin dark chocolate. The Best Confectionary went to Trish Pat, Nettie and Angel's Gorgeous Grub once again for their exotic Sulky Combination of passion-fruit, apricot, mango and rich clotted cream coddled in marbled chocolate. Each winner received an engraved Dessert Plate listing their award along with a prize, a vacation for two. Organizers are already planning to double the size of the Great American Dessert Expo next year which will be held April 7-8, 2008 at the Georgia International Convention Center adjacent to the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Dessert Expo will be keeping the family together in expanding the show into The Great American Dessert Experience. They will be doing even more in presenting the perfect combination to coffee houses, hotels, restaurants, foodservice retailers and more with thought provoking seminars and demonstrations.