There are so many competitions on Food Network that give $10K to the winner. Most of the competitors don't have to bring anything but themselves. The cake challenges are getting larger and more complicated. The extreme cakes add a lot of expense. I'm guessing that the contestants are given some money to cover expenses, but I still think the prize should be a lot larger.
For example: Chopped winners get 10 grand and all they need us provided. Even with time constraints they are not working 10 or more hours (extra hours for cake work area to be set up and later repacked).
The winner of Worst Cooks got $25,000. How is it fair to give so much for some, especially with limited talent? Cake decorators have to be bakers, artists, engineers, and architects.
I know there's nothing I can do about it, I just wanted to vent.
If I'm not mistaken, the competitors are required to bring their own supplies and equipment. I was at a cake competition earlier this year and was fortunate enough to meet several of the FN
Cake Challenge contestants. One of them said they are reimbursed a certain $$ amount for thier supplies, travel, etc. but they are required to bring all of their own stuff. If you listen closely to some of the competitors, you can hear them say "I forgot to bring......" or "I didn't bring the spare......".
I'm with you on upping the ante. As much as they go through, I think it needs to be a little higher. They put a great deal of time and effort into their designs.
I agree. They should up the ante. Michele when are we going to see you on one of these shows? Your work is awesome and I L-O-V-E your fondant recipe. It's all I ever use!
My guess is they are doing it more to have the bragging rights to say I went, I competed, I won, over the actual money. If it was just about the money I don't think many would really do it. I think if you have a business then it can be a marketing tool for you, since it is advertisement. Plus I'm sure there are ways to write off part of what they spend for the challenges.
Look at Mike from Mike's Amazing Cakes, he now has some DVD's and does classes because of his talent being seen on the show. So maybe it did cost him some money at the time, but isn't it making him money now?
Just wanted to let you all know that you can ask these types of questions directly to Cake Artist and Food Network Challenge Judge Kerry Vincent on her Fantourage page. She is great at replying to questions and posts and will even comment on your cake if you upload a photo.
Here's the link:
Hope you'll join us over there!
I always wonder how much they give their assistants. Many times the featured decorator and the assistant are actually partners.