|Gordon Bailey, Alexandria Pellegrino, host Caroline Rhea and David MacCarfrae of Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition. (Supplied)
We’re in for one of the sweetest food competition shows to grace our TV screens and stomachs.
Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition premieres Sept. 7 on Slice network, featuring the talents of comedienne and actress Caroline Rhea (of The Caroline Rhea Show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) in a new high-stakes cake design competition series celebrating the sweet talents of some of Canada’s finest cake creators.
In this fast-paced series, Canadian cake designers race against the clock to create a dream wedding cake for one lucky couple. Not only does the cake have to look drop-dead gorgeous - it has to taste fabulous, too. There’s plenty of tension, periodically broken by Rhea’s hilarious sense of humour.
Joining Rhea is a panel of expert judges to determine the winner each week. The all-star panel features Toronto cake designer to the stars Alexandria Pellegrino, owner of the Cake Opera Co. which recently designed Nicole Ritchie’s wedding cake; David MacCarfrae, owner of David Cakes of Distinction and a pioneer in the art of cake decorating with high profile royal clients such as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson; and Gordon Bailey, executive chef and owner of Lot 30 in P.E.I., who sports a stellar record in the restaurant industry, a keen eye for detail, and a biker personality.
Rhea is the perfect host - her sharp humour helps deflect the tension as she guides participants through each episode, which features three different Canadian cake designers going head-to-head to create a bride and groom’s dream wedding cake.
Each cake designer works to meet the couple’s desires and wedding theme - from Hollywood glamour to rustic vineyards to robots. With a sweet $5,000 up for grabs and the chance to have their work showcased on the couple’s big day, these professional designers, who hail from across the nation, are pushing cake boundaries in a way Canada has never seen before.
“Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition combines the beauty and creativity that goes into a wedding cake with the excitement of a competition as designers take on the ultimate challenge of making a couple’s dream come true,” says Barbara Williams of Shaw Media.
Rhea just loved doing the show. “This is an incredibly visual show where, to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t have to judge anyone - everyone’s work was unbelievable. The days were long, but it was tons of fun,” said Rhea during a recent interview. “And Canada is home to such amazing talent - you just have to look at the work of art from the judges and you’ll know (cake artistry) has gone on to a whole new level.”
Cake artist Pellegrino has taken her cakes to a world where Alice in Wonderland meets members of the Russian aristocracy with a handful of glittering magic thrown in for good measure. One of Pellegrino’s first cakes was for a children’s birthday party - it was so stunning the mother of the child sent her husband to pick up a store-bought cake as she didn’t want to ruin the beauty of Pellegrino’s art.
“I come from an art background, but one of the products I would use in my artwork was food,” said Pellegrino from her whimsical Toronto shop just brimming with mouth-watering creations that would make any art gallery proud. “But I also knew the desserts and cakes needed to taste as good as they looked.”
Pellegrino enjoyed her role as a judge - having been on the other side when she was a contestant on various Food Network cake competition shows.
“It’s interesting to note Canada is home to some of the most talented cake artists,” said Pellegrino. “Open up any U.S.-based wedding magazines and you’ll find a big chunk of the cakes showcased come from Canadian chefs.”
“Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition has brought together extraordinary talent, from the series host to the highly respected judging panel,” says Sean Buckley of Buck Productions, and executive producer of the show. “Each judge brings their distinct personality and impeccable standards to the judging table in every episode.
“Viewers are in for a real treat.”
For additional info, check out Slice.ca.