Waters survives another baking challenge

Published 5:26 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2019

On Monday night, Food Network debuted its second episode of the television series “Kids Baking Championship,” which pits young bakers from across the country against one another in a weekly bake off.

At the end of the series, one winner will be named Kids Baking Champion and receive a feature in Food Network Magazine and $25,000.

Among those competing in this week’s challenge, after making it successfully through the first round, was Morgan Academy student Brooke Waters.

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In the most recent episode, the adolescent bakers were asked by celebrity judges Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman to make a dozen cupcakes based on a character from the Angry Birds 2 movie, after which they teamed up with another competitor to build an edible island.

“The most surprising part of the experience was walking on set and seeing all the Angry Bird characters, then the snowballs being thrown,” Waters said. “It was also neat to watch the preview of the new movie. It was a lot of fun.”

Waters got the green antagonist of the show, King Leonard Mudbeard, as her character and went to work crafting her cupcakes – chocolate, with a raspberry coulis and green butter cream frosting.

Waters crafted the tiny monster using small pieces of marshmallows for the eyes, a chocolate ball for the nose and green sprinkles for the beard.

“I was a little more nervous in this episode because I am not used to making characters,” Waters said.

Waters said she felt like her cupcakes turned out well, but Goldman criticized the sweet treats for being “a little bit dry,” but both judges praised her for staying true to the inspiration for the cupcakes.

Waters was also frustrated that the fondant nose she had adorned King Leonard Mudbeard with dried out and cracked.

During the collaborative portion of the show, Waters struggled when the judges switched the competitors’ teammates in the middle of the competition.

“The most significant challenge was changing teammates for the twist,” Waters said. “It is hard to change plans in the middle of all your baking.”

In the end, Waters was a little disappointed with her cereal treat island.

“I felt like I could have done a better job on the island,” Waters said. “The cereal treat island tasted good, even though it wasn’t the best looking.”

For her part, Kellee Waters, Brooke’s mother, worried when her daughter was near the bottom of the rankings at the end of the episode.

“It was very scary to see her in the bottom,” Kellee Waters said. “I could look on her face and see her anxiety.  All the children are exceptionally talented bakers and that does not always shine through.  I cannot imagine myself doing what each of them have done to reach this level.  Each and every one of them should be so very proud of themselves for simply being asked to participate in such a fantastic show.”

Kellee Waters praised her daughter’s creativity and said she “handled the challenge well.”

The next installment of “Kids Baking Championship” will air on Food Network Monday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).