IBIE 2025 - The Baking Expo™️

IBIE 2025 – The Baking Expo™️

Applications Open for Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Cake Decorating Competition

Washington, D.C. — Creativity will take center stage during the Retail Bakers of America’s (RBA) 18th Annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Cake Decorating Competition. IBIE, commonly known as the Baking Expo™ and the Western Hemisphere’s largest baking industry event 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. “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 electrifying 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. Special thank you to current event sponsor Pillsbury, and Pfeil & Holing who is sponsoring the wedding category.

IBIE, sponsored by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and the Retail Bakers of America (RBA), is recognized worldwide as the grain-based food industry’s largest, most comprehensive 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 700,000 net square feet. The triennial event will next be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 8-11, 2019, with a full day of education on September 7.

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