Meet Our Judges
Help us welcome our expert panel of food writers, hosts, and top L.A. foodies who are here to help us crown the ultimate cookie baker champion. Our grand prize winner, an amateur baker with exceptional skills, will have the incredible opportunity to join forces with TheCravory.com, the hottest cookie company in town, to create an irresistible "Cookie of the Month." Get ready for a mouthwatering collaboration like no other! Plus, it's all for a good cause! We're raising money for Paw Works - one of LA's most beloved animal rescues!
Think you have what it takes to win?
Meet Neil Saavedra, a charismatic radio host of "The Fork Report" on KFI, renowned for his infectious passion and deep knowledge of the culinary arts. He captivates listeners, shares insights, recommendations, and uncovers hidden culinary gems. Saavedra's genuine enthusiasm and expertise make him a beloved figure in the L.A. culinary community. We're thrilled to have him at BakeCamp L.A.
Meet Catherine McCord, the founder of the popular website weelicious.com and the family food brand One Potato. McCord is the author of Smoothie Project, Weelicious, Weelicious Lunches, and Meal Prep Magic. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, the Kelly Clarkson Show, and is a regular on the NBC Emmy Award–winning show Danny Seo Naturally as well as Food Network’s #1 rated Guy’s Grocery Games. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Sarah J. Gim
Meet Sarah, a woman who found solace and purpose through her passion for food. In 2005, she embarked on a journey by starting The Delicious Life, a food blog that became her lifeline amidst the monotony of corporate life. Sarah's courage reached its peak in 2008 when she abandoned her MBA-fueled career and embraced the world of food wholeheartedly and launched the uber popular TasteSpotting.com. Her contributions to the food scene have been recognized by platforms like Slashfood, Styledash, and LAist. We're thrilled to have her at BakeCamp L.A.
Meet Kiano Moju, a culinary expert and the founder/CEO of Jikoni Studios, who is a force to be reckoned with in the world of food media. With an impressive background as a former Buzzfeed Tasty Producer, Kiano has made her mark as an accomplished culinary producer and captivating on-screen personality, delighting audiences with her viral food videos. In addition to her creative work, she launched Jikoni Studios and is a champion for underrepresented voices in the industry. Kiano's unwavering dedication to showcasing the rich and diverse cuisine of the African diaspora is beautifully captured in her upcoming debut cookbook, AfriCali, set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2024. We're delighted to have her join us at BakeCamp L.A.!
Meet Steven Chavez of LatinoFoodie -- based in Los Angeles -- and a top source for discovering original and adapted Mexican recipes, blending traditional and modern interpretations. The blog also explores travel destinations and their culinary offerings. It educates readers about Latin food history and features successful Latino chefs. Stephen Chavez brings a fun-loving spirit to homemade Mexican dishes. We're delighted to have Stephen join us at BakeCamp L.A.