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Winner Culinary Student
Evangelina Bertand
Fourth Annual Student
Cake Decorating
Competition
The Fourth Annual Student Cake Decorating
Compe t i t ion bene f i t ing Esper anza
Community Services was a great success, with
more than one hundred attendees. Many
people came out to cheer on the 30 competitors, 17 of whom were in the
culinary school level, and 13 representing the high school level.
The host of the event, Esperanza Community Services, is celebrating its
40th year of service, and the theme of the competitors’ cakes reflected
Esperanza’s anniversary. Each competitor and spectator made a $10
donation to Esperanza which offers services and education to people
having disabilities.
Three winners in each level – Culinary School and High School –
were awarded prizes donated by Tonya Wheeler from Villeroy & Boch.
The winners of the Culinary School level included Evangelina Bertand
(1st place), Leila Manoochehri (2nd place), and Sarah Dunworth
(3rd place). The High School level winners were Semaj Thomas
(1st place), Nina Salem (2nd place), and Graciela Martinez (3rd place).
Master cake artist Nicholas Lodge participated as Head Judge and he
and six others generously contributed their time to evaluate each
participant’s work. Other judges included chef Keli Fayard of Vanille
Patisserie, chef Peter Rios of Alliance Bakery, chef Sandy Folsom of Wilton
Enterprises, chef Barbara Evans of Wedding Cake Connection, Sally Scheib
of Esperanza Community Services, and Nelly Carreño of Telemundo.