The Retail Bakers of America (RBA) selected its contestants for the 2010 Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition, to be held during the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), Sept. 26-29, 2010, in Las Vegas.
The 10th annual competition, sponsored by General Mills, will take place over three days on the IBIE show floor. Each contestant will be judged on the following sponsored categories: flowers and sprays (Chefmaster), wedding cake (Pfeil & Holing), rolled fondant (Bakery Crafts), custom design (DecoPac) and sculpted cake (Satin Fine Foods). A panel of judges will decide the winner, who will be awarded the Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion trophy. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded for the three highest scores in each category. More than $14,000 in prize money will be awarded to competitors, their sponsoring bakeries and local bakery associations.
Contestants representing RBA’s affiliate associations:
Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association–Chris Andrews, Kirsten’s Danish Bakery, Burr Ridge, Ill.
Deep South Retail Bakers Association–Karey Barela, The Ambrosia Bakery, Baton Rouge, La.
Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association–Camilla Smith, Busken Bakery Inc., Cincinnati
Greater Southwest Retail Bakers Association–Deena Oden, Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville, Ark.
New Jersey Bakers Board of Trade–Annemarie Kane, Food Scene Inc., Colts Neck, N.J.
Ohio Bakers Association–Sarah Crews, elé Cake Co., West Carrollton, Ohio
Upper Midwest Bakery Association–Keeann Martineau, Jerry’s Foods, Edina, Minn.
Contestants selected by portfolio:
Tina Bennett, Vanilla Swirl Cakery, Fairport, N.Y.
Nancy Sepe, Nancy’s Fancies Cakes, Providence, R.I.
Adam Gonsalves, Bristol Community College,
Fall River, Mass.
Rita Llanso, Touché Touchet Bakery, Columbia, Md.
The awards ceremony, sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28. For more information, call RBA at 703/610-0241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.