Local cake decorator wins national competition

Local cake decorator wins national competition

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Rebecca Lougheed placed first in the finals of the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association's cake decorating competition. (Source: Rebecca Lougheed) Rebecca Lougheed placed first in the finals of the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association's cake decorating competition. (Source: Rebecca Lougheed)
Another of Rebecca's detailed creations. (Source: Rebecca Lougheed) Another of Rebecca's detailed creations. (Source: Rebecca Lougheed)
When she's not winning competitions, Rebecca works at Food City in Greeneville. When she's not winning competitions, Rebecca works at Food City in Greeneville.
Gene tries his hand at decorating a cake special for WATE. Gene tries his hand at decorating a cake special for WATE.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Doing something you love and getting paid for it is a goal we should all have.

For Rebecca Lougheed, not only is she getting paid for something she enjoys, she's also being recognized as one of the best in the country.

This past weekend, she competed in the finals of the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association's cake decorating competition.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. For Rebecca Lougheed, that phrase is more than just a slogan.

"I've made some really bad messes, so being able to learn from your mistakes is big thing," she said.

Becky makes few mistakes these days. As a cake decorator for Food City, she figures she's decorated thousands of cakes.

And to watch her work, you'd never know she once struggled with a craft store course on decorating cakes.

"The first course I got it, I understood it, I could do the borders, but that second class with the flowers I was so ready to give up and I'm glad I didn't. I kept trying and kept trying and kept trying and got it eventually. So I'm happy that I didn't just walk away from it then," she said.

And so is everybody else. 6 News visited Becky last week as she was preparing for a national competition in Orlando, Fla. 

She'd qualified, along with two other cake decorators, to travel to Florida and compete against each other to see who was number one.

"I've been working on it since they told me in late March, so it's consumed me and I'm afraid my family's been a little neglected," she said, laughing.

We figured teaching me to use a pastry bag along a cake border would be good training for her. And while I think my work was pretty good, it was very slow going.

Especially after Becky finished it off.

Becky is quick to laugh, which is easy to explain. After all, she's found a job she loves.

And she encourages others to take a chance on what they love.

"It's been a hobby of mine for years, so to be able to get paid for what you like to do you can't really beat that right?" Becky said.

Now that's the Spirit of East Tennessee

And our congratulations to Becky, who was the big winner in last week's national competition.


If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at gpatterson@wate.com.

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