SUGAR LAND, Texas – Small business owners have had to get creative to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but one local baker had no idea her saving grace would come in the form of a simple donut.
After competing on Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship” Christine Nguyen, owner and lead cake designer of The Sweet Boutique Bakery in Sugar Land, used what she learned and what she baked on the show to save her business.
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We are officially one week away from the season premiere of Spring Baking Championship season 6 on Food Network! Tune-in Monday, March 9th at 8pm (central time) to catch me compete alongside 10 other amazing bakers across the country! @foodnetwork @sl_townsquare @visitsugarland @visit_houston ❤️ #tsbcakes #visitsugarlandtx #sugarandmayhem #springbakingchampionship #sweeterinsl #sugarlandbakery #sugarlandcakes #foodnetwork #sugarlandtownsquare #houstonbakery #houstoncakes #lookmaimadeit #selftaughtbaker #chasingmydreams
“Being there and competing against these wonderful pastry chefs was very nerve-racking,” said Nguyen. “I was like, ‘I’m going to try my best not to get sent home the first week, and whatever else happens is just icing on the cake.'”
Competing on the “The Spring Baking Championship” was a dream come true for Nguyen. During her third pregnancy, she did what many pregnant women do: eat on the couch while watching the Food Network. “Ace of Cakes” soon became her favorite show, and she was a huge fan of host Duff Goldman. She later made the decision to leave her teaching career and become a professional cake designer. After being invited to compete on “The Spring Baking Championship,” Nguyen was delighted to find that Goldman would be one of the judges.
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I’m so incredibly thankful for all of the love and support that I’ve received from you all these past 7 weeks. I hope that I’ve represented the city of Sugar Land well and made you all proud. Never in my wildest dreams did I thought that I would ever get casted for a Food Network show and be abIe to compete alongside some very talented bakers. My goal was to just make it past week one and here I am top five. I have enjoyed every second being on the show and it has brought many wonderful people into my life. My heart is overwhelmed by all of the messages and tags that I received each week from you all. Thank you for tuning-in each week to see me be nutty on National tv and for rooting for me. I’m not classically trained like the other chefs on the show so I hope that my time on the show will inspire future bakers, people who are looking for career changes and moms like myself to take a chance and believe in yourself. If I didn’t respond to that casting email that night last summer at 3am in the morning, I wouldn’t have had this incredible story to share with my grandkids one day. XOXO, Christine ❤️ ❤️ #tsbcakes #visitsugarlandtx #sweeterinsl #sugarlandbakery #sugarlandcakes #sugarlandtownsquare #visithouston #houstonbakery #houstoncakes #springbakingchampionship #foodnetwork #topfive #lookmaimadeit
“I got to bake for the Ace of Cakes! I mean, he’s my cake idol,” said Nguyen. “The feedback that he gave me was really wonderful and helped shape me as a baker.”
Nguyen made it into the top five contestants of the show and acquired new mentors, friends and skills that would soon be very useful to her.