Winners of the Serious Eats Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Thank you to everyone who entered the second annual Serious Eats Pumpkin Carving contest. It was a tough call, but without further ado, we bring you the three favorites. Check them out, after the jump.

First Place

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Winner: "Dr. Frankenstein's Lab" by stike
Prize: Viking Professional Chef's Cutlery Starter Set (includes: 5-inch flexible boning knife, 8-inch chef's knife, 4-inch paring knife).

This one was so intense, at first we weren't totally sure it was an actual pumpkin. But this photo of the carving job, minus all the mystical shadows, seems to confirm it is—and a darn impressive one at that.

Second Place

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Winner: "Where the Wild Things Are" by hmw0029
Prize: 8-inch Viking Professional Chef's Knife

We had to create a separate category just for all the entries inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. It was a tough call but this one of Moishe wins for utilizing non-pumpkin supplies: face fuzz from dog hair and eyes from egg shells.

Third Place

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Winner: "I Am the Walrus" by Tommy K
Prize: 4-inch Viking Professional Paring Knife

Wow, those walrus tusks. Did they come from another pumpkin? Did you listen to the Beatles on repeat while carving?

Honorable Mention

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Hat Tip to: "Hungry Hungry Pumpkin and Pumpkin Pie Seeds" by Dianasaur

As proven by last year's results, we're suckers for pumpkins ingesting other pumpkins. Sorry we can't give you any knives, but way to go.

Thanks to everyone who entered. This was a really tough decision, but we can all agree that one of the best parts about carving a pumpkin is roasting the seeds after.

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