▶️ Bend tween advances in Food Network baking competition


More than 100 people packed the Riff Taproom Monday night to watch 12-year-old Reggie Strom do what he does best.

“I wasn’t totally sure, I thought it would be like 100, but it ended up being over 100. So, I mean, it’s amazing that everyone would be here to support me.”

Monday was the first episode of the Kid’s Baking Championship on the Food Network.

Strom competed against 11 other young bakers in the 1970s themed episode, which kicked off the show’s 8th season.

The contestants had to make shag cakes — which have textured frosting that looks like shag carpet.

“It was really fun doing shag cakes, I’ve never done them before, but I thought it was a really cool idea and I thought it was cool how I got to decorate it,” he said.

Strom made a lime olive oil cake with American buttercream and lime curd filling.

There was a twist halfway through the episode where contestants had to add fruit to their cake recipes.

“When I saw the record that had the lime on it, I thought that one is mine because I like baking with citrus and I knew I could do olive oil with the lime, so I kind of went for lime.”

Strom received positive reviews from the judges for his olive oil flavoring and ended up getting the prize for best cake of the week.

“It was really cool winning the thing. I didn’t think I was going to win, I had a moment of tears. But it was amazing winning. It caught me by surprise.”

The show airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.

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