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Winners of MATC Baking & Pastry Arts Students' Gingerbread Competition Announced

Updated Dec. 14, 2017

The winners of Milwaukee Area Technical College's 2017 gingerbread house competition were announced at a ceremony Dec. 13. In addition to 25 elaborate traditional gingerbread house entries, there were three replicas of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and three of the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park stadium as part of a new “Gingerbread Pro” partnership. All entries were created by MATC’s baking and pastry arts associate degree and baking production diploma program students. They were on display at the Milwaukee Public Market through Dec. 13.

The winners are:

Traditional Gingerbread House Competition Entries:

1st place: #24 McKenzie Miller & Ana Silva -- $300

2nd place: #28 Hao Nguyen -- $200

3rd place: #41 Cesia Zamora -- $100

People’s Choice: #16 Mary Kate Drayna -- $100

10 Honorable Mentions: $75 each:

#23 Kindra Meier 

#17 Emma Hegstrom 

#20 Bailey Kupfer 

#14 Brittany Dailey 

#40 Joanne Tate-Hayes 

#16 Mary Kate Drayna

#21 Katie McKee

#30 Yanet Quintana & Alejandra Quintana 

#26 Keosha Nelson

#25 Ashley Monk

Gingerbread Pro Bucks Entries:

1st place: #44-Sarait Reyes -- $300

2nd place: #43-Christina Cruz & Serena Blanchette -- $200

3rd place:  #42-Leonel Alvarez & Lawrence Shackelford -- $100

People's Choice: #44 Sarait Reyes -- $100

Gingerbread Pro Brewers Entries:  

1st place: #46-Ana Silva -- $300

2nd place#47-Adrielle Szerbat -- $200

3rd place: #48-Jamee Hueschen & Kayla Zynel -- $100

People's Choice: #46-Ana Silva -- $100

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

Baking industry professionals judged all entries for design and quality. Representatives of the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers and Eppstein Uhen Architects President Rich Tennessen, whose firm is the lead local architect for both Miller Park and the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, also weighed in on judging the replicas of their structures.The Brewers Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Bucks have donated funds to the MATC Foundation’s scholarship program as part of this new partnership.

The Wisconsin Bakers Association provided $1,500 in prizes and certificates for the winners.