Jason Reaves, pastry chef at Market Salamander in Middleburg, recently competed in Food Network’s “LEGO Cakes Challenge.” The episode featuring him and three other pastry chefs aired Nov. 6, and Reaves won the challenge. Below is a Q&A with Reaves about the competition and his big win.
Q: So how did you audition for the Food Network Challenge?
A: I submitted an audition video that told all about myself, why I wanted to be on the show, a cake demo, photos of cakes I’ve made in the past, and as a bonus I showed off some of my kitchen dance moves.
Q: When and where was the show filmed?
A: The show was filmed months in advance at a top secret location.
Q: How long did you guys have?
A: The main competition was eight hours, however they did throw a twist at us by adding another two-hour competition at the beginning for a total of 10 hours.
Q: What was your biggest challenge making a LEGO cake?
A: Keeping the secret of the outcome of the show for months and months.
Q: Why did you choose the one you made?
A: Food Network gave all the teams a choice of which LEGO World we would like to have, then it was first come first serve for which one you actually got. My world was LEGO City/Town which I was very happy with.
Q: Tell me about the announcement of your engagement to Nicole on the show…
A: What better way to show someone that you care about them then by showing hundreds of thousands of people on national TV? It was also a great way for all my family to be a part of it.
Q: What was the prize, and how do you feel about winning?
A: The prize was $10,000. It was amazing to win; by the time we got to the end I was so tired it was hard to keep standing. I feel like I won two prizes that night; I am more excited about the engagement then the money.
Q: Any plans in the near future for another show or challenge?
A: I would love to do another show; time will only tell.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: It was the hardest day of my life, and I would not change it for the world.
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