Bakers Journal

IBIE’s cake decorator challenge open for registration

January 23, 2019
By Bakers Journal

IBIE, commonly known as the Baking Expo™ set for September 7-11, 2019, will celebrate the world’s top professional cake decorators as they prepare to challenge each other to a contest of imagination, artistry and skill, during this distinguished competition.

 “Cake decorating is truly an art form worthy of recognition, appreciation and celebration,” said Lynn Schurman of the Retail Bakers of America in a press release. “There is no better place to experience the artistry and passion of cake decorating than at IBIE—the international stage where the entire industry gathers. During this prominent contest, teams will compete for the coveted Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion Trophy and the admiration of the industry.”
The competition is open to all professional cake decorators or pastry chefs who are currently working full- or part-time in a cake/cupcake shop, retail or supermarket bakery and have at least two years of decorating experience. Six teams of two team members will compete in four categories, including; wedding, sculpting, fondant and one surprise category that will be announced at the beginning of the competition.
The event will be hosted in the newly designed RBA Bakers Center – Brought to you by Bundy Baking Solutions, a prominent show floor destination. To provide contestants with extended exposure and to add to the popular event’s excitement, Angela May, famed culinary director and TV host of the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie dubbed the Olympics of Cuisine and Pastry, will be commentating the competition and providing her expert perspective.
The highest scoring team, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the coveted Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion Trophy. Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with cash prizes will also be awarded for the highest three scores in each category. All contestants will be provided with three nights lodging at one of IBIE’s host hotels.
Applications are now being accepted by portfolio and should be received by May 1, 2019. Click here for contest rules, participation criteria and to apply to compete. For show information and to register, visit
Special thank you to current event sponsor Pillsbury, and Pfeil & Holing who is sponsoring the wedding category.

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