Blyth native featured on ‘Sugar Showdown’
BLYTH — Author and Blyth native Erin Bolger will soon appear on Sugar Showdown, a Cooking Network show that has dessert crafters competing against one another for a $10,000 prize.
Bolger, along with her assistant Sharon Thompson from Clinton, was filmed last July for the show, which will air on The Food Network Canada on Feb. 3 at 9 p.m.
Author of The Happy Baker-A Dater’s Guide To Emotional Baking, Bolger opened The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique, a seasonal bakery in Bayfield, several years ago. While Bolger couldn’t discuss the outcome of the show, she was able to say that the experience was a completely different one from her normal style of baking.
“It’s definitely a very different situation,” she said. “I’m not used to being under such a strict timeline and I’m not used to the kitchen they had there. I had no idea where anything was.”
Bolger said having Thompson, who used to work for the Blyth Festival, was a huge benefit to her, despite the fact that Thompson had just started at the bakery when she was asked to accompany Bolger on television.
“She hadn’t worked for me very long, so it was kind of funny asking her if she wanted to do me this big favour,” Bolger said. “She was camera shy, but we got through that and I told her that once we got going, she wouldn’t even notice the cameras.”
In the end, Bolger says that Thompson’s daughters were the ones to talk their mother into doing the show.
The show pits confectioners against each other and challenges them to make cakes, pies, cupcakes and other sweets in two rounds, followed by an elimination round and a final contest. The show that Bolger is featured in had a “special ingredient” for the elimination round; fresh figs, which was a completely different experience for her.
“I had never seen a fig before in my life,” she said. “There are probably a few moments of me realizing, ‘Oh, that’s what a fig looks like,’ in the show.”
The final competition was called “Princess Cupcakes” and while Bolger couldn’t confirm if she was eliminated or not in the previous round, she did say that the theme was definitely something she could be comfortable with.
The show itself is based on Donut Showdown, a similar show where donut makers compete against each other. Bolger had previously applied to be a judge on the show. “They approached me to participate in this show and, I’m not entirely sure, but I think it’s because I had auditioned to be a judge on Donut Showdown,” Bolger said.
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From the Citizen, January 29, 2016