The Retail Bakers of America (RBA) announced the contestants for the 15th Annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition to be held October 8-11, in conjunction with the 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE)—the largest and most comprehensive event in the western hemisphere for the grain-based food industry—in Las Vegas.
New for 2016, six two-person teams of the country’s top professional cake decorators will challenge each other for the coveted title of Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion, as well as USD14k in cash prizes in a contest of the imagination, artistry and skill.
The competition—open to all professional cake decorators or pastry chefs currently working full- or part-time in a cake/cupcake shop, retail or a supermarket bakery—will see the following teams, selected on the basis of winning a regional competition or by portfolio submission, participate:
- Jamie VanderWoude (Cub Foods) and Erika Youndahl (Jerry’s Foods)
- Chris Andrews (Kristen’s Danish Bakery) and Tammy Montesinos (Sweet T’s Bakery and Cake Studio)
- Sarah Crews and Daniel Lively (Ele Cake Company)
- Jennifer Claggett and Sabrina Fiffe (Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane)
- Christy Vega-Gluch and Kim Crapps (Itsy Bitsy Confections)
- Kate White and Melissa Kroger (Honeymoon Bakery)
Each squad will compete in four categories: wedding cake (sponsored by Pfeil and Holing), rolled fondant (sponsored by Satin Fine Foods), tiered graduation (sponsored by DecoPac) and sculpted (sponsored by CSM). The highest scoring team, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the coveted Pillsbury Baker’s Plus Grand Champion Trophy. Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with cash prizes, will also be awarded for the highest three scores in each category.
“We’ve revamped the presentation on the show floor to elevate competitors and their creations, and provide them with a better opportunity to showcase their considerable talents”, said Lynn Schurman, director of education, RBA. “We can’t wait to see the creativity and innovation in the results of this incredible contest.”
IBIE has also added Satin Ice Fun Day on Sunday, October 9. Each competition team will be paired up with a Satin Fine Foods Artist of Excellence to fashion fondant creations, which will be based on a theme to be disclosed that morning. The winning team will win a trip to the Satin Ice Cake Fair in 2017.
Source: World Bakers