Local baker maintains top spot in international pastry competition


Even though she wasn’t expecting much from her appearance in the Greatest Baker Contest, Tracy McGibbon has a chance to go far against professional bakers.

Tracy McGibbon

The manager of Wattle and Daub Cafe decided to enter the contest after some positive feedback from the community. At first, she felt like she was too busy to take the time to get people to vote for her in the contest. But when she was informed that votes were already coming despite having done nothing, she started updating her profile and encouraging people to vote.

McGibbon was one of 8,000 people selected and was randomly placed in a group of 32, one of 252. Within a day and a half, she was at the top of her group. As the number of nominees has been reduced to 15, and now to 10, McGibbon still remains at the top of his group at the time of writing. The top five will be selected on June 3 before the group winners are announced on the 10th. Voting will then continue until a winner is selected on July 1.

McGibbon is delighted to have already succeeded so far. She learned to bake cakes on her own through reading and YouTube videos. While she started out young, her time at Wattle and Daub allowed her to improve her craft, and the pandemic allowed her to focus on her creations. However, she says, despite her ability to bake the cakes, she wouldn’t have come this far without the support of the community who voted for her. Their support allows it to compete with professional and international bakers.

The Greatest Baker is hosted by two contestants from the Great British Bakeoff TV show. In addition to voting for free, people can buy votes, with 100% of the proceeds going to the No Kid Hungry campaign. Last year, the contest donated $ 368 million to fight child hunger in America. The first prize for winning the competition is $ 20,000.


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