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Winners of MATC's 2014 Gingerbread House Competition Announced

Dec. 18, 2014

Students in Milwaukee Area Technical College's baking and pastry arts associate degree program and the baking production diploma program built 31 gingerbread houses for a competition and display held at the Milwaukee Public Market Dec. 9-16. Industry professionals judged the houses for design and quality and visitors were invited to vote for the “people’s choice” scholarship winner.

Winners were announced at a Dec. 16 ceremony. Monica Beltran took first place; the team of Alli Pekelsma and Carly Stublaski took second place; and Kelsey Combs and Abby Diedrich took third place. Corey Cleary won the "people's choice" award.

Proceeds from silent auctions for each house will be used to offer student scholarships to the baking and pastry arts programs through the MATC Foundation, Inc. The contest and auction were sponsored by the Wisconsin Bakers Association, the Milwaukee Public Market and the American Institute of Wine and Food.  

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