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Winners of Baking and Pastry Arts Student Gingerbread House Competition Announced

Dec. 21, 2015

Thirty-two elaborate and fanciful gingerbread houses created by students from the baking and pastry arts associate degree program and the baking production diploma program at Milwaukee Area Technical College were on display from Dec. 4-15 at the Milwaukee Public Market. The public was encouraged to view and bid on the houses and to vote for a "People's Choice" award winner.

Proceeds from silent auctions for each house will be used to offer scholarships to students in baking and pastry arts programs through the MATC Foundation, Inc.

Industry professionals judged the houses for design and quality. Scholarship awards were presented to the winners of the competition at a ceremony Dec.15. Winners were:

First place - Gabrielle Hansel
Second place - Jeanna Hommel
Third place - Kristi Pinter
People's Choice winner - Kristi Pinter

More than 2,300 votes were cast in the People's Choice contest.

In a related activity, the public was invited to build their own gingerbread houses Dec. 6 at Milwaukee Public Market. Students and faculty from MATC’s baking programs and members of the American Institute of Wine and Food were on hand to assist guests. Net proceeds from the $30 per house fee will be used or MATC scholarships.

Here is a link to a gallery of photos from the Gingerbread House exhibit: