I just wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that a new Food Network Challenge will air tonight at 8pm EST. There were some scheduling changes made in the middle of last week and this episode had been scheduled to air in June but was moved to today.............so hope you don't miss it!
I am Ashley --- one of the competitors tonight, and this was the first challenge that I had done!
I have been a board member for a while (b/c of time restraints I generaly have just lurked), I have been an ICES member for around 8yrs now, and am very acitve in the GA ICES group. I have met many of you over the years with ICES, classes, and just by email connections; and thought you would like to know about the challenge.
I just want you all to know that I am a "regular girl" I don't have an upscale bakery in NY and charge $20-$30 a serving for my cakes, I didn't go to culinary school, I don't have a book out (yet..), and I started as a home decorator like many of you and have just become legal a few months ago...
Now, I would LOVE to charge that much someday I enjoy taking classes and there is A LOT I have to learn still. I told you all of this b/c I have read many posts regarding the Food Network Challenges and just wanted everyone to know that it is possible for more unknown decorators (like many of us/like me) to make it somewhere Don't give up if it is your passion, sometimes it just takes time, and patience is not easy to learn (I know b/c I don't have it)
I also want to say "THANK YOU" to all of you out there that have been in the industry for sooooo long and really paved the way for me. Custom cakes are becoming more and more popular in recent years, but it is b/c of work, innovations, cool products/tools, cakeclubs,ICES, classes that many of you have been the forefathers and backbone of for years. I think that culinary school is wonderful (and wish I had gone), but the techniques and skills that I learned were all from fellow decorators sharing with each other, demos at conventions, classes and books. Places like Cakecentral are great in bringing together people of similar interest, but from all backgrounds, places, and levels of knowledge and have helped me and many others become better at what we do and continue to grow. So, I hope that all of you can feel like a part of this and share in my excitment and also know how priveleged I felt being given an opportunity to be in a challenge.
My website will also go "live" today(by late afternoon early evening), so I hope you all check it out when you have time (it is still a work in progress)
Thanks again!!! Hope to see many of you at convention this summer!
Wow! Thanks for the heads up! I'll set my DVR to record right now! Congratulations on competing!!!
Congratulations!!! I would love to get to the point you are at. I would love to participate in a challenge someday but I know i have a long ways to go. I will definitely be tuning in to watch!! Congratulations again!!!
Thanks for letting us know Ashley, i'll sure be watching and recording it, good luck!
Thanks Ashley. I will be tuned in.
I was planning on watching it tonight but it will be all the more exciting knowing that a regular CC member will be on.
thank you so much for reminding everyone.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Ashley, you are really inspiring And congratulations on being in the challenge!!! (I set my dvr as soon as I read your post)
thanks for the heads up and the inspiration that we all can achieve success due to the others before us. You are now one that we can follow. Congratulations and I can't wait for the show!
thanks so much for letting us know, I set my dvr, can't wait to see it.
I can't wait!!!!! So glad I checked in today!! It's going to be so much fun to 'meet' you! It's wonderful that you're there.....did you apply or did they find you and ask you to participate?
Congratulations!! See ya' tonight!
Thanks Ashley...........I'll be cheering you on! Don't be a stranger
thanks ashley thats awesome
people like you who came up the hard way learning by trial and error
give me hope. it would of been nice to go to cake school, but that just didn't happen for me . I watch ace of cakes and just druel ha ha ha
i have so much to learn !
I'll be watching
Wow..never miss a Challenge Show...Exciting to know that you will be on and can put a face to the name.makes it even more intriquing..Congratulations!!!!
I will be glued to the TV tonight to watch you Ashley! How exciting that you are going to be on there. The best of luck to you!
Thanks Ashley, I'll be watching!
I just happened to watch some of it last night. Which cake was yours?
Grats by the way that is awsome
I missed it I guess, I saw this episode already, which cake did you do? Was it the same as the one with Bronwen having problems with her cake? The find your family one? congrats and I am sorry I missed it.
no, no I think it's about to start....... 7pm central time.
that was a re run
Thanks I am watching now. 2 rookies.
I'm watching too...I love Disney characters!!! Go Ashley, Go!!! K'ly
uhgg, that hand looks too cool and then oh no it is too big
and Keagan is impressed
It's only 5:20pm here - I'll go set my VCR! (Yes, I said VCR... )
Thanks, Ashley! Love your website!!
Ok..Ashley your cake is awesome. I have ten minutes to the end. It is good to have some new competitors on the show. You are as cute as a bug. You remind me of the late Anna Nicole Smith.
I'm so nervous................... I'm on pins and needles
love richard but I think your's was way better. the dwarfs were all perfect.
congratulations on a wonderful cake
I really loved your (Ashley) and Richard's cake. But I knew from the moment I saw the sketch that the judges would criticize Snow White being so small. I hope to see you on future competitions.
I'm really glad the the FN introduced some new people.
Your cake was amazing!! I loved it!! Everything on it was perfect. Great job. I hope you will do another challenge so we can all watch you again.
I thought she had it Richards was nice but I really liked Ashley's cake. I always thought that the evil queen overshadowed everything. The cake looked like a poster for the movie! Great job!
Ashley, I think your cake was wonderful. I loved your concept. And your dwarfs were adorable. I think Richard won because of his blown sugar, which is an impressive skill. But if he hadn't been there I think it was yours, HANDS down