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ACA Crowns 'Miss Kiosk Queen’

September 19, 2013

Academy of Culinary Arts students in Chef Annmarie Chelius’ Advanced Pastry class competed in the “Miss Kiosk Queen Competition” Sept. 13 to showcase their pastry skills while celebrating the Miss America Pageant’s return to Atlantic City.

Students were challenged with creating Miss America-themed pastries, and were graded on the creativity of their pastries, prime cost effectiveness, taste, packaging and pageant-style presentations.

Challenge judges were Chef Kelly Roberts, a former Academy student, professional pastry chef and owner of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe in Northfield, and Cynthia Dougherty, a volunteer with the Miss America Association.

AnnaMarie DeMarco of Blackwood secured the win with a pre-packaged Rice Krispie Treat topped with a thin layer of white fondant and stenciled with a four-point Miss America crown.

“It was simple, portable, kid-friendly and marketable,” Chelius said.

DeMarco won an opportunity to work with Chef Roberts at her two kiosks located in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City at the Miss America Pageant Sept. 15.

“She stocked, worked with customers, made coffee, and was attentive and professional—she worked really well under pressure,” Roberts said.

DeMarco garnered valuable retail baking industry experience.

“The event was very exhilarating—fast-paced customer service, an exciting atmosphere, and a chance to talk to and serve customers from all over the country,” DeMarco said.

Working in the limited kiosk space prepared DeMarco for one of her career goals: owning a food truck with fellow ACA student and long-time friend, Taylor Legault of Blackwood.

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