Sussex native advances in Food Network cake opposition

GREENWOOD — Two down, to move.

Baking competencies inherited at the same time as operating in her mom’s Greenwood bakery and ardor for small business have placed 2002 Woodbridge High School graduate Ebonie Carzo in the Food Network highlight.


Ms. Carzo, proprietor of Scrumptious Cakery in Decatur, Georgia, and baking accomplice Courtney Olivari, proprietor of CEO Custom Cakes & Novelties LLC in Atlanta, have teamed up in advancing via two difficult rounds of the 4-spherical Food Network “Wedding Cake Championship.”

At stake: a $25,000 grand prize for the prevailing team.

“Fingers crossed …,” stated Ms. Carzo. “We’re going to break it up right down the center … if we have been to win.”

“We make cakes for several Atlanta’s elites from celebrities, politicians, athletes,” says Ms. Olivari.

“We bring the ‘wow’ element to each cake that we positioned our fingers on,” Ms. Carzo said.

According to the rules of tv shows taped earlier, contestants aren’t at liberty to expose consequences. So, a song in for the 0.33 spherical Monday at 10 p.M.

Ms. Carzo and Ms. Olivari had been among six groups decided on for the “Wedding Cake Championship.”

“Food Network selected some of the most particular bakers from across us of a to come in and compete,” stated Ms. Carzo.

The display is co-hosted by using former Olympic determine skating champions Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.

“They had been amazing,” stated Ms. Carzo. “They are extraordinary.”

Each round has segments. The first competition focuses on cake toppers.

“In the second one spherical they create in a newly engaged couple, and they tell us what form of wedding cake they need to be designed, the subject matter and all of the matters they need, in the actual cake taste as well as the layout. We are given five hours to execute that,” stated Mr. Carzo.

“Every episode, they introduce a new bride and groom, and they provide us their requirements, and we execute a new wedding ceremony cake for each bride and groom.”

“Typically, a day inside the existence of a bakery, you’re going to have your bake days, your prep days, and your redecorating days. So, within the opposition, all of that has been to be executed inside 5 hours,” said Ms. Carzo.

“It, without a doubt, does take skill and information to give you a plan and bake and beautify an entire wedding cake in five hours.”

Conditions on the set wherein all four rounds had been filmed differed greatly from Ms. Carzo’s home kitchen for her Scrumptious Cakery commercial enterprise.

“We were truly competing for the interior of a tent in a hot climate. So, it’s no longer your common baking situations wherein you are in a cold kitchen. I preserve my kitchen around 60 ranges due to the fact those conditions are true while you’re operating with butter and sugar and such things as that, so nothing melts,” Ms. Carzo said.

“That becomes a part of the revel in having sweltering conditions. It changed into in all likelihood about 90 levels.”

Scrumptious Cakery is a digital bakery near Atlanta. Her customers consist of well-known R&B artists, authorities officials, and gospel artists.

Ms. Carzo flew home to Greenwood to view the June 10 airing of the second one spherical. Greenwood is domestic to Paula’s Place for Cakes — her mom’s bakery that has been “serving exquisitely lovely and delectable cakes” at the Eastern Shore on account that 1988.

Ms. Carzo has been within the cake-making change for approximately 5½ years. It observed her career within the global company.

“My mother has a bakery in Greenwood. She has been in a commercial enterprise for 31 years. She is very widely known all at some stage in Sussex and Kent County,” stated Ms. Carzo.

“So, I grew up in a bakery. Saturdays, she always had me up early running, and I swore I become in no way going to work in a bakery because I did no longer like getting up early on Saturdays. So, once I graduated from Woodbridge, I left and went to Spelman College in Atlanta and graduated there and got a commercial enterprise grasp. I labored in Corporate America until 2013.”

In 2013 she left the corporate world to open her bakery full-time.

“I became doing cakery on the facet just to make some more money,” Ms. Carzo said. “I realized operating within the company world that I am an entrepreneur, and I love the whole lot about small business. So, I fell again on the competencies I discovered from my mother and opened my very own digital bakery.”

A virtual bakery is a brand new idea, she stated. “We don’t have a physical place for humans to are available and out. We’re greater of a cake studio,” Ms. Carzo said. “We get orders from online and in reality deliver out throughout the Southeast vicinity. We have clients in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida.”

Sorry Delawareans, her scrumptious desserts aren’t shipped to the First State. But other non-cake products may be shipped to Delaware.

Classmates and pals may additionally don’t forget Ms. Carzo from her high school days at Woodbridge.

“I turned into born in Seaford, grew up in Greenwood, and went to Woodbridge. I changed into drum predominant three years and all that suitable stuff,” she stated.

Ms. Carzo’s perspectives on her cakery enterprise and Food Network revel in as a testament that you don’t have to come from a massive city to attain success and notoriety.

“Coming from a small town like Greenwood, plenty of instances people don’t see or comprehend we can do big matters coming from a small town. Everywhere I move, human beings don’t honestly recognize Delaware. Even although Joe Biden form of placed us at the map, they nonetheless aren’t positive where Delaware is,” stated Ms. Carzo.

“So, I just need to encourage greater folks from ‘Slower Lower,’ something your dreams are to go out, make a plan, and you can be something that you aspire to be.”

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