Atlanta Cake Designers Win Food Network Challenge

Acclaimed cake designers from Atlanta’s own Highland Bakery took top prize Sunday night on the Food Network Challenge, a cooking competition where chefs compete for a cash prize and bragging rights based on a theme that changes each show.

Sunday’s challenge was to create a perfect character rendition of Beauty and the Beast, in preparation for the re-release of the digitally remastered Disney film.

Joshua John Russell and Karen Portaleo were awarded the win over three competing teams.  Over an eight hour window they created a cake that featured Mrs. Potts and Chip along with a book picturing the fairytale.  They were judged on theme, artistic value and technical merit by three judges including one of the creators of the movie.

Russell and Portaleo received a $10,000 check for winning the competition.

The Disney Beauty and the Beast Cake Challenge will air again on the Food Network channel on September 29th at 7pm, October 3rd at 7pm and October 9th at 4pm.

Portaleo will compete again on the Food Network Challenge on an episode scheduled to air on October 31st.

Highland Bakery is located at 655 Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward, (404) 586-0772.  Their new Midtown location is 1180 Peachtree Street NE, (404) 835-3130.

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