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Chef Barbara Evans
Certified Master Sugar Artist, Chef Instructor
“My mission is not only to enrich both the student's skills and knowledge of sugar art techniques, but to also instill the importance of becoming a lifelong learner in order to continually develop themselves and their skill set.”
Barbara Evans is a Chef Instructor in the L’Art du Gâteau program at The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago. Chef Barbara is a Certified Master Sugar Artist with over thirty-five years of experience mastering her repertoire in the art and science of cake decorating. Chef Evans' mission at The French Pastry School is not only to enrich both the student's skills and knowledge of sugar art techniques, but to also instill the importance of becoming a lifelong learner in order to continually develop themselves and their skill set as professionals.
Barbara was 16 years old when she took her first cake decorating class at a local cake supply store. At the time, she looked at it simply as a hobby and wasn’t expecting it to become her lifelong passion and career! She continued to practice her decorating skills which eventually lead her into launching her wedding cake business at the age of 20.
Since 1981, Barbara Evans has owned and operated the Wedding Cake Connection located in Peoria, Illinois, offering custom designed wedding cakes. She earned her title of Certified Master Sugar Artist from the International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES) and has served as a Certification Adjudicator and was also a past Show Director & Board Member for ICES. In 2013, she was awarded the ICES Wilbur Brand Service Award. Beyond that, Barbara is the owner and designer of the Stable Mabel Tiered Cake Support System. Her work has been shown in several publications including: Cake Craft & Design, American Cake Decorating, British Sugarcraft, Chicago Brides, ICES and Florist Review. She has also been very successful in the competition world, placing in several shows including: OSSAS, National Gingerbread Competition and TLC’s Ultimate Cake off. Evans' passion-driven experience combined with her desire to give back what she has learned make her an exceptional role model and teacher for her students.