Culinary Arts Students Face-Off at Celebrate 375 Cake Decorating Contest

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 22, 2009)—In honor of Maryland's 375th birthday, the Culinary Arts program at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center will hold a cake decorating contest at the St. Mary's County Fair in the new auditorium building on Friday, September 25 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Culinary Arts students will work in teams of two, with a total of 12 teams competing. Cakes will be decorated using the theme of Maryland's 375th Birthday and St. Mary's County.

The cakes will be judged by Doris Jenkins of Carroll County, a judge at the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest at the Maryland State Fair; Anita Kriner, wedding cake designer and owner of Anita's Cakes in Great Mills; and Peter Schmitter, owner and pastry chef of Wildewood Pastry shop in California.

The cakes will be on display in the new auditorium building at the fair through Saturday. The newly crowned Queen of Tolerance and her court will be cutting and serving samples of the cake to the public on Sunday at 1:00 PM, also in the new auditorium building, during Maryland's 375th Birthday Party.

The idea for the contest was that of fair director John Richards who approached school personnel with the idea. Culinary arts instructor Amanda Garnados is coordinating the contest and working with the student teams. The St. Mary's County Division of Tourism is helping to sponsor the contest.

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