Walla Walla Bread Co. baker towers over competition in ‘Best Baker in America’ Episode 2 | News

Walla Walla Bread Co. baker and co-owner Michele Pompei was high above the competition Monday, May 10, on the second episode of the fourth season of the Food Network show “Best Baker in America.”

Pompei impressed the judges with an elegant take on a Smith Island cake — a dessert famed on the shores of Maryland and easily distinguished by its multiple, thin layers of cake, encased with a fudge frosting.

The judges told participants they would get extra credit for the amount of layers they put into the cake. Pompei started the show by telling the other contestants he

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Best Baker in America recap: Stack those cakes higher

While Best Baker in America Season 4 is only on its second episode, the Food Network baking competition is going to new heights. As the bakers take on the Smith Island Cake, some stacks did not receive the highest praises from the judges. Which baker had her dreams cut short?

As the Maryland official state dessert, the Smith Island Cake is legendary. Although the cake is steeped in history, the reality is that this sweet treat takes a skilled baker to master. From the minimum of eight thin layers of cake to the thick fudge giving it structure, the

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20 of the Best Coffee Shops Across America

Coffee. It is truly the nectar of the gods. Caffeine gets us going through the day, and the rich taste of locally-roasted beans warms us to the bone.

Of course, in the summer, you can pour over ice for a cool down, or add a bit of caramel and sugar for a sweet treat. We all know the big box stores will customize your order all kinds of ways, but it’s the local coffee shops and connoisseurs that offer the best bean recommendations, serve the highest-quality drinks and keep our engines running from morning to night.

In honor of the

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3 Dallas-area restaurants on ’100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America’ list

Just in time for Mother’s Day, reservation system OpenTable has released its list of 100 best brunch restaurants in America.

Haywire in Plano has an Airstream trailer on one patio. It can be reserved for private parties. (Rose Baca / Staff Photographer)

The list was created by synthesizing 12 million reviews of more than 30,000 restaurants in the U.S., according to an OpenTable statement. What results is a list of happenin’ brunch spots in 24 states. It starts with Texas: The No. 1 restaurant, a’Bouzy, is in Houston.

The highest-ranking brunch restaurant on the list in North Texas is Haywire

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Baltimore Pastry Chef Appearing on New Season of ‘Best Baker in America’

“Sugar, flour, and eggs have taken me places,” Yassmeen Haskins Jackson says. 

It’s true. Before Jackson launched her online boutique pastry shop, Cocoa & Nuts, three years ago, the staple ingredients led the Baltimore born-and-raised baker into local kitchens at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel and Sacré Sucré in Fells Point. More recently, they helped the seasoned pastry chef score her very first TV gig.

This Monday, May 3 at 9 p.m., Jackson will face off alongside nine other pastry chefs in the season four premiere of Food Network’s Best Baker in America, hosted by Carla Hall

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Louisville chef Jackie Joseph featured on ‘Best Baker in America’

Who will rise to the top to be crowned the Best Baker in America? It could be this uber-talented pastry chef from Louisville.

Jackie Joseph, who has worked as the executive pastry chef at the Louisville Omni Hotel and The Brown Hotel, is competing in the upcoming season of Food Network’s “Best Baker in America.

She’ll join a batch of nine other world-class bakers to battle it out on season four which premieres at 9 p.m. Monday.

This season’s baking challenges focus on creating unique versions of a variety of classic American desserts. Each of the

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