The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association™ (IDDBA) has announced the three contestants chosen to participate in the 19th annual IDDBA Cake Decorating Challenge to be held at IDDBA’s Dairy-Deli-Bake 2014 seminar and expo in Denver, CO, June 1-3. There were 66 entrants from 30 supermarket chains.
The decorators receiving an all-expense paid trip to compete are:
Amanda Hansen, Coborn's, Inc., Sauk Rapids, MN. Amanda has been decorating for eight years. She has learned much over the years from trial and error. Recently she has found success in cake competitions. Amanda enjoys being creative and pushing herself to do something new. At Coborn’s she produces cake orders, creates desserts and is in charge of wedding cakes, from consult to delivery.
Stephanie Murphree, Harp's Food Stores Inc., West Fork, AR. Stephanie’s 14 years of experience are divided between large chain stores and a private bakery. She has been with Harp’s for just over a year now and enjoys making beautiful and tasty treats for her customers.
Sarah Watts, Publix Super Markets Inc., Gainesville, FL. Sarah started decorating cakes 11 years ago and has been with Publix for the last seven. She had the opportunity to train with a well-known decorator in her division, from whom she learned detail work, piping, color theory and carving. She likes to learn new techniques and continues to refine her skills.
There are three phases to the Challenge. On Sunday, June 1, each contestant will decorate enough cakes to fill one multi-tiered, eight-foot bakery case. On Monday, June 2, each contestant will decorate a wedding cake. On Tuesday, June 3 each contestant decorates three cakes, one from each category: special occasion, show theme, and decorator’s choice.
The judges for the event will be: Luke Bender, Manager of Technical Service, Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC, and Jim Caliendo, Dessert Training Specialist, Rich Products Corporation.
A special thanks to the following decorators who entered the competition:
Susan Ancell, ALBERTSONS LLC; Carmen Angelina Vega Rodriguez, PRICEMART GUATEMALA, S.A.; Kristi Bartel, COBORN'S, INC.; Chelsea Beegle, ALBERTSONS LLC; Heather K. Benson, MEIJER, INC.; Lauren R. Berg, DILLON STORES; Sundee Bickler, ALBERTSONS LLC; Jill M. Blancho, HY-VEE INC.; Kristina Boeck, PICK 'N SAVE; Jesse Brown, ALBERTSONS LLC; Tinisha Castro, FRED MEYER INC.; Darlene Celso, FOOD CITY; Christine Cline, GIANT EAGLE; Micaela Creech, ALBERTSONS LLC;
Cynthia A. Dague, GIANT EAGLE, INC.; Daphane Denty, WALMART STORES INC.; Angela M. DeVleming, ALBERTSONS INTERMOUNTAIN DIV.; Nicholas J. Dirusso, WOODS SUPER MARKETS; Ashley R. Eddy, THE KROGER CO.; Amanda Fields, ALBERTSONS LLC; Roseanna Figgat, ALBERTSONS LLC; Sandra Fridley, HY-VEE INC.; Krista Grater, SCHAEFER'S FOODS; Beth Gzemski, WEIS MARKETS INC.; Jessica Hale, K-VA-T FOOD STORES, INC.; Heather Hansen, HY-VEE INC.; Amanda Hansen, COBORN'S, INC.; Tiffany N. Hawthorne, IGA, INC.; Khandra Henderson, PIGGLY WIGGLY COMPANY; Katie Henderson, GIANT EAGLE; Natalee Heyd, CUTSFORTH'S THRIFTWAY; Nicole Hubley, SOBEYS INC.;
Sarah Kidwell, SHOPPERS FOOD AND PHARMACY; Candice Kovalchick, WEIS MARKETS INC.; Holly Kryger, ALBERTSONS LLC; Jacqueline A. Lenox, SHOP RITE INC.; Karen Marie Lindow, GIANT EAGLE, INC.; Mellissa Lombardo-Hartigan, COSENTINO'S FOOD STORES; Geishaim Lopez, GIANT EAGLE, INC.; Kassie Mather, HY-VEE INC.; Kristen McGuckin, ALBERTSONS LLC; Stephanie Murphree, HARP'S FOOD STORES INC.; Charlene Negoski, TARGET SUPERCENTER; Jennifer Newcomb, CITY MARKET INC.; Shelly Pavlacky, SAFEWAY INC.; Joy Peden, PIGGLY WIGGLY COMPANY; Brita Pedersen, SHAW'S SUPERMARKETS INC.; Ayla Pison, GIANT EAGLE, INC.; Colleen K. Porcaro, WEIS MARKETS INC.;
Robin Raiford, ALBERTSONS LLC; Anna Romanidi, TARGET SUPERCENTER; Naomi Savoie, SOBEYS INC.; Nancy Schaudt, HY-VEE INC.; Audrey Seargeant, SAFEWAY INC.; Jessica Sergi, IGA, INC.; Daphne Shea, SOBEYS INC.; Julie Sutton, ALBERTSONS LLC; Gershom Thumbiko Kachilika, THE KROGER CO.; Michelle A. Trahan, FOOD CITY; Jessica Turner, FOOD CITY; Jenelle VonSeggem, KING SOOPERS INC.; Danielle Walters, GIANT EAGLE; Sarah Watts, PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS INC.; Cheryl Wells, ALBERTSONS LLC; Dena White, CITY MARKET INC.; Fhoua Yang-Moua, LUND FOOD HOLDINGS INC.;
About IDDBA: IDDBA is a nonprofit membership organization serving the dairy, deli, bakery, cheese, and supermarket foodservice industries. Member companies enjoy many benefits and services including the annual seminar and expo, leading-edge research, training programs, management tools, and an annual trends report. IDDBA celebrates 50 years of service in 2014. For more information, contact IDDBA at 608.310.5000 or visit our website, www.iddba.org.