Creativity will take center stage, as six teams of elite professional cake decorators challenge each other to a contest of imagination, artistry and skill during one of baking’s most prestigious competitions. The electrifying event will be hosted in the newly designed RBA Bakers Center – Brought to you by Bundy Baking Solutions. To add to the popular event’s excitement, Angela May, will be commentating the competition and providing her expert perspective.
Do you have what it takes to compete?
The contest is open to all professional cake decorators or pastry chefs who are currently working full- or part-time in a cake/cupcake shop, retail or supermarket bakery and have at least two years of decorating experience.
The finalists (6 teams of two) will consist of regional winners and top portfolio entries, and will compete in four categories: wedding cake, rolled fondant, sculpted, and a “surprise” category that will be announced at the beginning of the competition. The highest scoring team, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the coveted Pillsbury Bakers’ 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.
The six teams will compete in all four categories. Cake, icing and fondant will be provided on site, but contestants must bring their own tools and specialty items. There is no limitation on the use of molds, impression mats and fondants rollers, which can be used in all categories.
How to Enter
Contestants may enter this year’s competition one of two ways. Decorators can compete in a local, state or regional RBA-sponsored contest. If no contest is available in their area, decorators may submit a portfolio for consideration online at the link below. Application by portfolio should be received by May 1 and should include two images from each of the three competition categories: wedding cake, rolled fondant and sculpted.
Three night’s lodging and complimentary IBIE 2019 registration will be provided to competitors. Applicants will be notified by May 31st.
Your Host: Angela May
After training at the famed culinary academy, Le Cordon Bleu, Angela has taken her culinary passion to new heights. She is the host of Planet Food, produced by UK-based Pilot Productions and distributed globally. The show chronicles her culinary adventures as she cooks her way through exotic regions of the world such as Greece, India, Israel and Spain. Angela is also the host of the Bocuse d’Or and the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon. The biennial competition dubbed, “The Olympics of Cuisine and Pastry” has provided her the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the greatest chefs on the planet, including Paul Bocuse, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Pierre Herme. Angela is also currently writing a cookbook inspired by her Asian heritage, French culinary background and her love of all things delicious.