Retail Bakers of America Announce Contestants for 15th Annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition

Washington, D.C. (August 11, 2016)— The Retail Bakers of America (RBA) announced contestants for the 15th Annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition to be held October 8-11 in conjunction with the 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE)—the largest and most comprehensive event in the Western Hemisphere for the grain-based food industry—in Las Vegas.

New for 2016, six two-person teams of the country’s top professional cake decorators will challenge each other for the coveted title of Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion as well as $14,000 in cash prizes in a contest of imagination, artistry and skill.

The prestigious competition—open to all professional cake decorators or pastry chefs currently working full- or part-time in a cake/cupcake shop, retail or supermarket bakery—will see the following teams, selected based on winning a regional competition or by portfolio submission, participate:

  • Jamie VanderWoude (Hy-Vee) and Erika Youndahl (Jerry’s Foods)
  • Chris Andrews (Kristen’s Danish Bakery) and Tammy Montesinos (Sweet T’s Bakery and Cake Studio)
  • Sarah Crews and Daniel Lively (Ele Cake Company)
  • Jennifer Claggett and Sabrina Fiffe (Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane)
  • Christy Vega-Gluch and Kim Crapps (Itsy Bitsy Confections)
  • Kate White and Melissa Kroger (Honeymoon Bakery)

Each squad will compete in four categories: wedding cake (sponsored by Pfeil and Holing), rolled fondant (sponsored by Satin Fine Foods), tiered graduation (sponsored by DecoPac) and sculpted (sponsored by CSM). The highest scoring team, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the coveted Pillsbury Baker’s 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.

“We’ve revamped the presentation on the show floor to elevate competitors and their creations and provide them a better opportunity to showcase their considerable talents,” said Lynn Schurman, Director of Education, RBA. “We can’t wait to see the creativity and innovation in the results of this incredible contest.”

IBIE has also added Satin Ice Fun Day on Sunday, October 9. Each competition team will be paired-up with a Satin Fine Foods Artist of Excellence to fashion fondant creations based on a theme that will be disclosed that morning. The winning team will win a trip to the Satin Ice Cake Fair in 2017.

IBIE is sponsored by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and the Retail Bakers of America (RBA). For more information, or to register for IBIE 2016, visit

About IBIE
Sponsored by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and the Retail Bakers of America (RBA), IBIE is recognized worldwide as the grain-based food industry’s premier trade event. A “working show,” where millions of dollars of business is conducted daily, IBIE brings the entire professional baking community together, offering the complete range of equipment, supply and ingredient solutions and showcasing the newest baking technology in over 700,000 square feet. Since its inception, IBIE continually strives to advance the baking industry through comprehensive access to innovative products from leading manufacturers and suppliers, and provide the common ground for collaboration amongst professionals in the field. IBIE is a not-for-profit organization, where proceeds are invested back into the industry.

The triennial event will next be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8-11, 2016. To learn more about IBIE:

Attendees include employees of: wholesale bakeries, suppliers and distributors; supermarket chains, central bakeries and commissaries; supermarket in-store bakeries; multi-store and single unit retail bakeries; intermediate wholesale bakeries; donut, pie and cookie retailers; cake and cupcake shops; foodservice operators; tortilla producers; snack food producers; biscuit & cracker producers.

Exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of: baking/food equipment and systems; ingredients, flavorings, spices & fillings; ingredient handling systems; packaging materials & systems; technology; sanitation equipment; transportation & distribution equipment; refrigeration equipment; business services.

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