Left to Right: Chef Silva, Karinelis Ayala, William Muzzy, Alexis Vincent-Gray, Daija Favors
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Culinary Arts students Karinelis Ayala, William Muzzy, Alexis Vincent-Gray and Daija Favors left the 2013 Bristol Community College Annual Skills USA Cake Show taking the high school winner title with them. The prize winning, five-tier cake tells the story of Cinderella. A blue gray and sapphire tapestry-like, frosted base is topped with a smooth frosting layer which holds the famous “glass” slipper resting upon a red-violet, quilted pillow. Four columns extend upward to hold a smaller, lemon chiffon hued layer with a clock face showing the past midnight hour. The uppermost layer consists of a natural white sugar mold of Cinderella’s pumpkin coach.
William Muzzy appreciates Chef Silva’s help in winning the competition. “She taught us to mold different figures and shapes, piping techniques, how to stack cakes properly so they will not fall over. She taught us what we wanted to learn.”
Karinelis enjoyed the teamwork. “I feel like the team bonded during the process. It was fun doing something with people who like doing what you like to do.”
“I was excited, shocked and happy,” said Daija about the announcement of the win. “All of our hard work paid off.” Alexis added, "I was surprised and excited. It was another accomplishment to add to my portfolio."
Pastry Chef and Culinary Arts instructor Courtney Silva is no stranger to this competition. “I was a student at Bristol Community College when I first found out about the competitions held there. I later won first prize in 2010 under the Post Secondary category, when entering a design from my cake business, ‘Just That Sweet’”. Although cake competitions are few and far between, Miss Silva plans to draft and execute a new design as soon as she hears about another opportunity.
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public 9-12 vocational high school located in South Easton, Massachusetts, serving approximately 1,255 students from the city of Brockton and the towns of East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.