Sunday, January 22, 2012

Call for Amateur Bakers! Cupcake War Added to this Year's Sacramento Chef Challenge

Call for Amateur Bakers! Cupcake War Added to this Year's Sacramento Chef Challenge
Calling all Sacramento area amateur bakers! Are you ready for a sweet challenge?

This year's Cake War at the 10th Annual Sacramento Chef Challenge is Battle Cupcakes, and we're looking for three amateur contestants to duke it out against three cupcake pros!

But to join the battle, we want to see what you've got! Why are your cupcakes the best? Show and tell us by making a 3-5 minute video and uploading it to YouTube!

Want to submit a video, but don't know where to begin? Here are a few examples of videos we are looking for:

(My own audition for Food Network's Cupcake Wars)

Please note, this is an audition for the Cake War at the Sacramento Chef Challenge and NOT the Food Network Cupcake Wars program.

If you have links to other photos or a Facebook page that shows off your work, please send the links to me at cakegrrl 2007 at gmail dot com.

You must be 21 or older to compete. Video submissions will be accepted now through April 1st. At that time, we will upload our ten favorite videos to the Sacramento Chef Challenge website and ask the public to choose their favorite!

Three of the ten finalists will be selected to compete at the Sacramento Chef Challenge.  Finalists will be notified by June 1st.

Fine print:
1. You must be available on June 23rd for most of the day (to set up) and the evening (to compete). 
2. You must be able to prep and provide all your own ingredients (though you will be able to prepare your frostings on site).
3. There will be one secret ingredient you must use in your cupcakes.
4. There will be a theme for your display.
5. You will need an assistant, please make sure they will also be available on the day of the competition, and that they appear in your video.
6. You must make enough mini samples for the audience to try (about 200), so they can vote on their favorite.
7. You must be able to construct/buy & build your cupcake stand that will reflect the theme of the competition (this will be the same theme for the Chef's Challenge to be announced in the near future).

Along with your video submission, please send an email to cakegrrl 2007 at gmail dot com with the answers to these questions.
1. Name:
2. Age:
3. Phone Number:
4. Location (Where do you live in the area?):
5. Why do you want to be a contestant?
6. When did you start baking?
7. What is your level of training? (Did you go to culinary school?)
8. What sets your cupcakes apart from the rest?
9. Do you have a specialty cupcake?
10. Have you ever won any awards/contests for your baking? If so, please list them:
11. Please list 3 adjectives that best describe you.
12. Are you competitive?
13. How do you handle stressful situations?
14. Who is your partner/assistant you would bring to the competition?
15. Are you available for most of the day and evening on June 23rd, 2012?

Competition will be held during the Sacramento Chef Challenge on June 23rd from 4-9pm at the INALLIANCE Sacramento Campus, 6950 21st Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820.

For more information, please feel free to call Jessica Bean at (916) 381-1300 or email me at cakegrrl 2007 at gmail dot com.

To buy tickets to the event, please click here. All tickets include:
• the Chef Challenge
• Gourmet food sampling from local restaurants, caterers & specialty food shops
• Five free beer/wine tastes from regional breweries & wineries (additional tastes may be purchased for $1 each)
• Cake War presented by
• Live Music

About the Sacramento Chef Challenge:
Professional chefs compete head to head in a live culinary competition and you decide who wins! Challengers have three hours to prepare and serve a specialty menu based on a surprise theme. Guests will have the opportunity to sample each item and determine “whose cuisines reigns supreme!”

As chefs battle for culinary glory, guests sample from over 100 restaurants, wineries and breweries while enjoying live music, raffle and silent auction!

The Sacramento Chef Challenge is a benefit for INALLIANCE, a nonprofit that provides support for people with developmental disabilities.

All proceeds from our event go to enhancing the vital programs INALLIANCE provides the community. Learn more at

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