IDDBA has announced the three contestants who will compete in the 24th annual Cake Decorating Challenge during IDDBA '19 in Orlando, June 2-4.

The contestants are:

  • Joni Graham, Toronto, Ontario, Loblaw Companies: Graham is a self-taught decorator who gained and refined her skill through practice and passion. She started from home 17 years ago and has been decorating for Loblaw affiliate Carmen's Independent City Market for three years.
  • Dana Nygaard, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Hy-Vee: Nygaard began at Hy-Vee as a bakery/sweet shop clerk before becoming a decorator. She had no prior experience before becoming an official decorator in 2017 after taking Hy-Vee's cake decorating training courses.
  • Jess Tatham, Gulf Breeze, Florida, Publix: Tatham has five years of experience in decorating. Before starting at Publix she had no knowledge of decorating and learned her way around the trade through Publix decorators. 

The contestants will create bakery case cakes, a tiered special occasion cake, and a themed/custom design cake. They'll compete for best tasting cake, People's Choice Awards, and overall trophies.

Show attendees can watch the contestants create their edible works of art and vote on their favorite each day for the People's Choice Award.