ACC culinary students prepare for worldwide competition

Austin Community College culinary and pastry arts students are preparing to compete at the 12th annual That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Competition Saturday through Sunday, February 27-28, at the Round Rock Sports Complex (2400 Chisholm Trail Road).

The competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their decorating skills, get feedback from a panel of renowned judges, and win awards and prizes.

“This is unique event for our students. They’re exposed to new products and techniques and have a chance to win recognition for their amazing talents,” says Chef Stephanie Herrington, ACC Culinary Department chair. “They work hard to prepare for the event. It’s their moment to shine.”

culinaryStudents are currently developing ideas for the competition. They use facilities on campus and the guidance of ACC instructors to design and create their entries, which are submitted in various categories such as tasting and showcake.

Last year, among more than 300 contestants worldwide, ACC student Steve Singleton placed first and won best overall in the tasting competition. Other ACC winners were Karen Cearley, who placed first in the culinary student division/wedding tiered category, and Kaitlyn Price who placed second in the culinary student division/wedding tiered category.

“This competition gave me a new sense of confidence,” says Singleton. “It just opened up my eyes immensely. It will have a huge impact on where we take our careers.”

ACC also will host a booth at the event, designed by students in the college’s Meeting and Event Planning program.

The event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online at

For more information on ACC’s culinary and pastry arts programs visit or contact Chef Stephanie Herrington at 512-223-5275 or [email protected].

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