Shreveport baker to compete on Food Network’s new reality collection

by Marie Rodriguez

A Shreveport baker will try to whip up first-rate cakes worthy of mass manufacturing and national reputation.

Chef Blake Jackson will compete on Food Network’s new truth series, “Bake You Rich.”

Each episode starts with 4 expert pastry chefs who are tasked with growing progressive and delectable desserts for the judges. The prevailing dessert can be bought on the Carlo’s Bakery, owned via the “Cake Boss” and show host, Buddy Valastro.

“Bake You Rich” premiered on April 14. Jackson’s episode will air at 9 p.M. On April 28 on Food Network.

“’ Bake You Rich’ is in contrast to every other baking competition, showcasing all of the factors that are required for a pinnacle-selling bakery item, past growing a scrumptious dessert,” Courtney White, president of Food Network, said in a press launch. “Buddy Valastro is the last expert with decades of revel in, and he brings his specific enterprise savvy because of the host and business accomplice for the fortunate winners.”

In 2017, Jackson opened Whisk Dessert Bar at 724 Azalea Dr. Inside the South Highlands community in Shreveport. Appearing at the truth bake-off will permit him to give audiences a taste of what Whisk and Shreveport have to provide, he said.

“We need to consciousness on our Whisk merchandise and having our products out there for a countrywide target audience gives that validity of ways tough my workforce and I work to make exceptional desserts,” Jackson said.

The enjoy was “definitely top-notch,” he stated, and going up in opposition to the alternative gifted cooks and providing to the revered judges pressured him to step his game up.

Judges rotate every episode with panels including Chad Durkin, Erin McGinn, Vincent Tubito, and Buddy’s spouse Lisa Valastro.

“The judging could be very real and very intense,” Jackson stated. “They have their essential components and additionally they have their reward. It’s genuinely an emotional curler-coaster.”

The “Bake You Rich” triumphing pastry chef could be determined after three excessive rounds.

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In the first spherical – the Showstopper Round – the 4 competitors strive to show their baking style and ability by means of presenting an immaculate, over-the-top dessert dish, Jackson stated.

In the second spherical, the 3 bakers to transport ahead are challenged with developing a progressive, signature dish that they trust will have the fine customer-enchantment and be a “big-money item.”

In the 1/3 spherical, the very last two bakers are placed to the closing take a look at. They have to parent out a way to mass produce their unique dessert the use of expert machinery at Carlo’s Bakery’s commercial production facility.

“It’s a groovy thing to watch because in these meals suggests you don’t get to peer that industrial thing,” Jackson stated. “Let’s take a product that we make a small bit of in our save, then permit’s make 1000 of them at one time.”

The closing baker standing may have one among their precise creations produced and bought at Carlo’s Bakery. The candy treat may be available for purchase on carlosbakery.Com without delay following the episode.

This can be Jackson’s truth television debut, however, he’s no rookie in terms of stay cookoffs.

In 2016, Jackson received the top title in the Louisiana Food Prize’s “Battle for the Golden Fork” in Shreveport. In 2017, he received the Farm and Table “Chefs Taste Challenge” in New Orleans.

Win or lose, competing on “Bake You Rich” is an excellent platform for Jackson to spotlight what’s at the menu at Whisk Dessert Bar.

“Whisk has continually been a playground for the sweet imagination,” Jackson said. “We’ve gotten a danger to extend in loads of specific regions, inclusive of our Whiskuits and breakfast line, our cinnamon rolls, in addition to a few pretty tremendous desserts.”

Follow The Shreveport Times for updates on Blake Jackson’s Food Network revel in.

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