Caramelpalooza 2013: And the Winners Are....

Twenty chefs, hundreds of people, and thousands of caramels -- Smeeks and Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013, held Friday night at Biltmore Fashion Park, was (if we say so ourselves) the biggest and best yet.

Stay tuned this week for a complete caramel play-by-play by judge JK Grence, who writes Chow Bella's weekly Guilty Pleasures column. Thanks to Grence and our other judges, Christopher Gross of (among others) Christopher's; Aaron Eckburg of go lb salt; Helen Yung of Sweet Republic; Christine Heltsley of Julia Baker; Brendan McCaskey of Smeeks; and Josh Rhodes, who won our reader contest.

See also: - Caramelpalooza 2013 in Photos - Frybread from The Stand Might Be the Best-Kept Secret in Metro Phoenix

Big thanks to the Smeeks and Frances team; the folks from UNION, Biltmore Fashion Park and the Arizona Humane Society; and Chow Bella and New Times staff.

Oh, wait, you want to know who won, don't you? Here you go: