"We had no idea who our team or what our theme would be until a half hour before the taping began," says Carol Murdock, owner of Classic Cakes in the old Viking Bakery building on Jefferson Avenue in West Hartford.Murdock
was one of the 10 chefs invited to compete in the "Food Network Challenge: Celebration Cakes" that will be broadcast this weekend on the cable network.Murdock, who earned a gold medal at the International Culinary Olympics in 2004 and has appeared on Food Network before, was paired with Richard Ruskell of Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif. Chocolatier magazine named Ruskell one of the top 10 pastry chefs in U.S.
was delighted: "I've competed against him before.He's
very, very talented."
The MOMA theme was ambitious, but Murdock
and Ruskell quickly realized that they had made a good decision.
work in culinary competitions seriously, she
had more than cake on her
mind when she
headed out to Beaver Creek.
"I got home on Feb. 2 and went right to the hospital," Murdock
Little Gavin, now 6 months old, already owns a little chef's coat and clogs, courtesy of his
christening cake "was one of the best cakes I've ever done."The four-tier cake was decorated with a replica of Gavin's christening gown.As for the MOMA celebration cake, Murdock
can't reveal whether it took the top prize in the Cake Challenge.