The competing cake decorators wowed the IBIE crowds with show-stopping designs during the Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition, in which six two-person teams of top decorators from across the country competed for the title of Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion, in addition to $14,000 in cash prizes.
Second place in the overall competition went to Christel Andrews and Tammy Montesinos, representing the Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association.
Third place overall went to Sarah Crews and Mark Shrewsbury, representing the Ohio Bakers Association.
Each team competes 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 Bakery Solutions).
The prestigious competition involves professional cake decorators and pastry chefs working full- or part-time in a cake/cupcake shop, retail or supermarket bakery. The six teams were selected to compete at IBIE based on winning a regional competition or a portfolio submission.