This month marks the start of a brand new chat series focused on cookie competitors! Woo hoo!
Since my cookie art competition at Show Me Sweets is fast approaching, I thought it would be apropos to chat with some of my previous competition winners to better understand why they compete, how they prep for these events, and how winning (and sometimes losing) has affected their cookie lives. (PSA: You can still enter my cookie competition via the link above! Though casting for TV roles in the 3-D category has closed, we're accepting competition registrants in both the 2-D and 3-D categories until July 1. Thanks to several wonderful new sponsors, the total cash and product prize value for the 3-D category has grown to a whopping $9,000!)
Back to the matter at hand . . . Our first chat in this series is with the ultra-talented Stacy Frank, who won first place in my cookie competition when it was at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) last year. Her 3-D piano tribute to Aretha Franklin really struck a chord with the judges (pun intended )! Stacy also recently placed second in the advanced adult category of the cookie competition at That Takes the Cake show in Austin. Her winning 3-D piece (a social statement about caring for Planet Earth) truly pushed the boundaries of what cookies can be, as you can see here:
How exciting, right?!
To help formulate your questions for Stacy, please read her bio (below). Please also review the following chat guidelines. We look forward to "seeing" you on June 8!
(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 Stacy's bio and other information below.
Stacy Frank spends her days working in tech as a web developer, but she’s always eager to try her hand at a new creative endeavor. On a whim one Thanksgiving, she decided it would be fun to decorate cookies for her guests, so armed with an incomplete set of icing tips from Craigslist, googled recipes, and determination, she attempted a set of turkeys. They were more wobble than gobble, but very well received, and that positive response encouraged her to try another batch . . . and then another.
When a friend told her about a local sugar art show, she hesitantly signed up and won both her category and best of division, thus beginning her love affair with competitive cookie decorating. That was in 2017 and, though she rarely bakes outside of competitions, Stacy now lives for that challenge and the preparation leading up to it.
With no formal training to keep her inside the box, she credits her success to a fine arts background and headstrong personality. Stacy is passionate about creating pieces that spark discussion around social issues, while simultaneously redefining the boundaries of what a cookie is and can be. Her favorite competition moment was being asked to move her set because she had “misplaced” it in the cookie section (spoiler: it was 100-percent cookie! ).
Cookie and photo credits: Stacy Frank