Peter Gray, of East Longmeadow, Mass., was this year’s Marketing award winner for the Domino Sugar Cake Decorating Contest. ESE President Gene J. Cassidy personally selected Pete’s cake for best capturing the essence of The Big E. What some of you may not know is Pete, of Pete’s Sweets Candies & Baked Goods, is a local celebrity. I was well aware of his claim to fame, so meeting him in person was quite incredible. He made his big debut on national television when he competed on TLC’s Next Great Baker!
|ESE President Cassidy (left) congratulates Pete on his award-winning cake|
He’s been visiting the Fair for too many years to keep track. Pete said, “It’s just not fall without The Big E!” To say the cake he submitted was a masterpiece is an understatement. It was a beautiful three tier cake representing the circus, Mardi Gras parade, and the top tier was dedicated to the iconic Big E logo. The cake was adorned with confectionery creations of classic Big E fair foods like the éclair, Craz-E burger, baked potato, and Cream Puff. Pete has an undeniable great eye for detail. He sprinkled finishing touches of confetti and Big E tickets tastefully around the cake.
Pete explained that it took two days to create his award-winning cake. The process begins as a sketch on paper. He spends many hours editing the drawing and adding in more details until it’s perfect. Then Pete and his talented staff bring the sketch to life.
I was fortunate enough to speak with Pete for a few moments, and in that short time, I could tell he is destined for stardom. He has a warm personality and when opportunities come knocking on his door, Pete is ready to impress. Baking is his #1 love and passion in life. He is a determined young man. Although only 22 years old, Pete has accomplished great feats and has an established business. His motto is “Artistry in Every Bite.”
Find out more about Pete’s impressive background at www.petes-sweets.com. Gelato Buono welcomed the vivacious entrepreneur to sell Pete’s Sweets inside the ice cream shop. The dynamic duo found great success selling cake and ice cream together. If you have a hankering for sweet treats, you can find his shop on 32 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow, Mass.