Not trying to ruffle any feathers but I would like to make a suggestion on the cake contests.
How about splitting up entries into levels. Like, amatuer - intermediate - advanced - etc.
That way us little peeps that are just starting out will be able to compare our abilities within our range instead of being compared to the PROs that have been doing it for years.
That sounds like a good idea to me. You would have the issue of prizes though. I'm sure that they aren't going to buy a prize for each catagory. But I do like the idea!