Dean Strauss, dairy producer from Sheboygan Falls, Wis. defended his title in the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF) pie eating contest.

The 2014 event doubled the amount of money raised in last year’s contest, with $22,572 going toward PDPF educational programming by the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.

Former White House Chef Walter Scheib, the banquet’s keynote speaker, was a late entry in the finals, held Wednesday night during the PDPW Business Conference.

Joining Scheib and Strauss in the finals were two other contestants: Keith Engel, GEA Farm Technologies, and Mike Hutjens, professor emeritus, University of Illinois.

Dairy farmers and industry professionals voted for the finalists, with each vote a $1 donation to PDPF.

“The Pie Eating Contest is a fun way to end a great day at the PDPW Business Conference,” said Deb Reinhart, Development Manager for the Foundation. “We thank the dairy community and these fun-loving, dedicated contestants who raised money to support youth and dairy community education projects.”