Mark your calendars for February 16! Next up in our CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series is a live chat with CookieCon instructor and über-cookie competitor Arlene Chua of @Chua Cookie! Although a relative newbie to the cookie landscape, Arlene has already amassed an impressive track record. In under two years, Arlene placed in several cookie shows and also appeared on two Food Network Challenges! Naturally, our chat will center around how Arlene preps, competes, and handles the aftermath of said cookie competitions, but anything cookie-related makes for fair questioning!
To join the chat live on February 16, simply become a member of this site (if you aren't one already), log in, and then click on Arlene's chat room link at the appointed time of 10 am central.
'Til then, please read up on Arlene (see her bio below) and see our "Chat Guidelines" (directly below).
(1) Feel free to enter advance questions now by following the instructions at the top of this chat page. (As always, it's super helpful for questions to be logged early, so our guests are able to prepare answers beforehand and to field more questions during live chat time.)
(2) Please note that any advance questions will reveal one at a time, in the order received, only after the chat goes live. Do not expect questions or answers to appear immediately.
(3) Last but not least, as with all of these chats, you have a special opportunity to see inside the minds of some extremely talented decorators, so I encourage you to do your homework before jumping on the chat. Again, please review Alrene's bio and check out her website below.
Arlene Chua is a New York City-based cookie artist and the owner of Chua Cookie. A self-proclaimed "baking banker", Arlene juggles a full-time job as a senior analyst at a private bank on Wall Street with her passion for midnight cookie decorating. She truly is a banker by day and a baker by night!
Born in the Philippines, Arlene immigrated to America when she was just a little girl and grew up baking alongside her traditional Filipina mother. In 2016, after losing her mother to cancer, Arlene discovered her true talent in sugar artistry as she turned to cookie decorating as a therapeutic outlet for her grief. Arlene decided to immerse herself in learning all tricks of the trade and, in less than two years' time, she earned several accolades and appeared in two Food Network televised competitions: Christmas Cookie Challenge and Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. In 2017, her first full year of baking, she placed third at CookieCon, and then followed with a second place showing there in 2018. She also placed second at both SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo and the New York Cake Show.
When Arlene isn't decorating cookies, you can find her at home cuddling her two furry babies, a pit bull and Chihuahua. She also attends Shopper's Anonymous and is desperately trying to overcome her addiction to hoarding cookie cutters and collecting red-soled heels.
Photo credits: Arlene Chua
We both hope to "see" you at the chat!