Pumpkin Gets Squashed

In the highly anticipated return of activity in the First Ever Cheesecake PlayoffsPumpkin Cheesecake got squashed against #2 seed Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple, setting up a premier no-holds-barred peanut butter semifinal showdown.

This past weekend, the Farris family renewed its effort to make cheesecake eating an actual sport, by finishing up the quarterfinal rounds, where #7 seed Pumpkin Cheesecake took on the #2 seed Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple.

As you know, we ate each of the cheesecakes on The Cheesecake Factory’s menu this past year (35 in all), and then forced the top 12 to compete against each other in a single elimination playoff.  This weekend, the quarterfinals were completed, after a unaminous 3-0 vote sent Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple to the next round.

To be honest, I really liked the Pumpkin Cheesecake (and it’s really tasty as the seasonal choice during the Thanksgiving holiday…).  However, I’ll have to admit, Adam’s had it won hands down.  Monroe made her choice quickly, and my wife cast her vote first, saying it wasn’t really a competition.  As Stephanie said, “Pumpkin didn’t even have a chance!…”

So, here are the brackets as they stand.  In the first semifinal matchup, the top seed 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake takes on the upstart, underdog, Cinderella candidate #12 seed Oreo Cheesecake.  And in the other semifinal contest, it’s a battle of peanut butter offerings, where #2 Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple is pitted against #3 Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake (definitely a battle I’m interested in!…)

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I currently serve as Vice President of Decision Science at CenturyLink. I've previously served as a leader in the Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice at PwC and as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates. I've served the public as Chair of the Thousand Oaks, CA Planning Commission. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daughter Monroe. Learn more about me »

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