You won't want to miss this chat! It's with none other than @Sweet Prodigy, aka Christine Dutcher, precision-piper extraordinaire and new host of our Practice Bakes Perfect Challenges! Her first challenge about food look-alikes was a resounding success, and her second one, which pushes the boundaries of brush embroidery, is underway! (Check it out if you haven't already, and get creating! It closes on July 5, so there's still tons of time!)
In this chat, you'll have a rare opportunity to explore the work process and techniques of a piping master, as well as provide feedback for future challenges, discuss past challenges, and generally learn more about our wonderful site contributor.
As a warm-up to the chat, please review Christine's bio and key links below. Please also review these important chat housekeeping notes . . .
(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 Christine's bio and other information below.
We can't wait to hear from you on chat day!
Christine Dutcher decided to search online for "amazing cupcake decorating" ideas when her daughter received a cupcake maker for Christmas 2012. That search led to some amazing cookie photos, and, like many cookiers, Christine instantly became obsessed. After spending countless hours online learning all that she could about decorated cookies, Christine decorated her first set in October 2013. For the first few years, Christine decorated cookies just for fun and only sporadically, however, in January 2016 she decided that she would begin to focus on perfecting her skills, challenging herself each time to create more detailed and progressively complex pieces. In 2019, Christine became one of the very first sugar artists from around the world (and the only "cookier") to be named as an "Honourary PME Five Star Sugar Artist" by Knightsbridge PME, with her work being featured in their Five Star Sugar Artist course book. It is through the Practice Bakes Perfect challenges that Christine hopes to motivate and inspire her fellow cookiers to think outside of the box, and to challenge themselves both creatively and technically in order to reach their full potential as cookie artists. You can learn more about her work here on Cookie Connection, and by following her Facebook and Instagram pages.
Cookies and photo credits: Sweet Prodigy