On July 27, little bakers tied on their little aprons and competed in the Women’s Food Alliance children’s cupcake baking competition at JAX Cooking Studio in Jacksonville, Florida.
Contestants brought in eight homemade cupcakes and displayed them at JAX Cooking Studio, where three pastry chefs from the Women’s Food Alliance judged their batches.
“Each contestant will be judged on the appearance of the cupcake, originality of the recipe, the way they displayed them and the taste,” said competition host and WFA member, Nancy Vandegrift. “We’ll rank each of those categories from one to five. Then, we’ll tally each of the contestants’ scores for the grand-prize winner.”
Judges, Chefs Nancy Guarnieri from St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, Verousce McKibbin from Koek Cake and Nancy Slatsky from JAX Cooking Studio, walked around the room and carefully observed the displays of each contestant.
Twelve-year-old, Yisrael Washington’s almond pound cupcakes could have fooled anyone into thinking they walked into an art studio by mistake. Her simple, yet effective display of using an artist’s paint palette and brush for her cupcakes showed talent both the culinary and visual arts