On October 5, we conclude our live chat double feature (which starts with Georganne Bell at 10 am) and recent Cookie Competitor Chat Series with the very talented @LeslieM (aka Leslie Marchio), owner of Four Peas and a Dog and second-place winner in Julia's recent 3-D Cookie Art Competition™! What a sweet ending to an extraordinary chat day!
Though new to cookie competitions in the last year, Leslie not only placed second in Julia's televised competition, but she also received two first-place awards at CookieCon 2019 for the impressive piece shown in her chat banner! Our questions for Leslie will certainly center around her competition experience, but she has also been decorating professionally for seven years, so she has quite the breadth and depth of cookie experience to share.
To help you formulate questions for the chat, please read Leslie's bio below, and also the following chat guidelines. We look forward to "seeing" you on October 5!
(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 Leslie's bio and other information below.
Leslie Marchio has been decorating cookies professionally for the last seven years, but only recently broke into the cookie competition circuit. Her meticulously clean designs and abstract concepts are really turning some heads and helping her to carve out a niche in the upper echelon of cookie artists across the country.
When she began growing her family, Leslie took on cookie art as a hobby amid juggling four children, but the demand for her work quickly turned that hobby professional. With a Masters in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a prior career as a designer in a high-end residential firm, Leslie has translated her design perspective and 3-D modeling skills to a new medium.
In the last year, she has been recruited for online tutorials, televised documentaries, and cookie competitions, where her success speaks for itself. Leslie managed to take two first-place awards at the most recent CookieCon, as well as second place in Julia M. Usher’s 3-D Cookie Art Competition™ at the Show Me Sweets Show. To see Leslie's cookie work, please visit her site and Facebook and Instagram pages.