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Laveen's Ida Viramontez Takes the Cake as a Top Finalist in Sam's Club National Cake-Decorating Contest
Viramontez Competed for Top Cake-Decorating Honors in Kansas City

Bentonville, Ark. – Ida Viramontez, a Laveen resident and Avondale Sam’s Club bakery associate, was named runner up in the warehouse club’s national cake-decorating contest held in Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this month. Viramontez earned a spot at the national contest after beating out about a dozen of her peers at the regional finals held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kathy Hodel, a bakery associate at an Arkansas Sam’s Club was named the national cake-decorating champion. As the national champion, Hodel will head to China in October for a week-long trip, where she will work with international bakery associates to learn new techniques and skills.

“It was a tough competition, but I’m really glad I had the chance to take part,” said Viramontez. “This competition was a great learning experience and a fun way to practice my cake-decorating skills, as well as the perfect way to get to know other Sam’s Club cake-decorators from around the country.”

During the final event, held during the Sam’s Club’s Fall Managers Meeting in Kansas City, Viramontez and four other top bakery associates competed in two different contests – including both a creative and a speed round. During the creative round, contestants designed and decorated a three-tiered Halloween cake in just an hour. In the speed round, contestants were given only 10 minutes to decorate a birthday cake, following specific guidelines. Viramontez finished her cake in only 6 minutes, 17 seconds.

Warren Brown, host of the Food Network’s “Sugar Rush,” served as a celebrity judge for the event.

“The Sam’s Club bakery associates have demonstrated talent and creativity throughout the competitions around the country,” said Brown, a lawyer-turned-baker who founded the nationally acclaimed CakeLove Bakery and the Love Café in Washington, D.C. “I am impressed and it’s clear that all of the bakery associates are dedicated to providing Sam’s Club members with great-looking, quality cakes that are perfect for any occasion.”

The cakes the finalists decorated during the national finals were displayed for others at Sam’s Club’s Fall Managers Meeting to see.

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