The devil is in the dessert for Carver pastry chef Steven Sechoka.
Sechoka, a 2005 graduate of Carver Significant University, is one of 10 bakers to compete on Year 7 of “Halloween Baking Championship,” premiering at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, on the Food stuff Network.
The series, one of numerous Halloween-themed exhibits on the Food items Network, aims to crown the best baker of creepy cupcakes, killer crepes and other backbone-chilling confections. The winner gets $25,000.
In just about every episode, the bakers are tasked with building terrifying but tasty Halloween-styled desserts beneath deadline stress. This season’s concept is 1980s slasher videos (think: “Friday the 13th,” “Nightmare on Elm Street”). Just one contestant is eradicated at the finish of each and every episode even though the some others consider their cauldrons and go on to the up coming problem.
“It was tremendous-intense,” Sechoka claimed. “I took a lot of deep breaths and drank a ton of h2o.”
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Sechoka, nonetheless, is made use of to springing into action, specially when his spouse, Lindsay, could have a craving for a little something like bananas foster.
“It’s perilous the points I can whip up at a moment’s observe late at night time,” he claimed.
That talent served him very well at Camp Devil’s Foodstuff Lake, the ghoulish fictional location of “Halloween Baking Championship.” Sechoka have to stay restricted-lipped about the particulars and end result, but he explained the show was filmed “somewhere down South previous spring.” He simply cannot expose considerably about what he baked, only to say it was “not rather regular Halloween, it was extra monsters and things.”
Contestants on previous seasons have developed elaborate vampire buffets, haunted dwelling cakes, Halloween candy croquembouche and 3-D doll cakes.
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Sechoka earned a spot on the “Halloween Baking Championship” right after a producer contacted him. Upcoming arrived some “home bakes” and “then they solid me.”
The display is not Sechoka’s initial time on camera. Whilst a student at Carver Large, he hosted a show for foodies on regional-access cable tv named “What’s Cooking.” He also cooked in the Boy Scouts, earning a lot of culinary achievements.
“My whole lifestyle I knew I needed to be a chef or an artist and becoming a pastry chef, I can blend the two,” Sechoka reported. “I have usually loved food stuff and I have normally beloved ingesting.”
Sechoka obtained his first restaurant work when he was 15, performing as a prep prepare dinner at now-shut seafood eatery, The Wave in Marion. After higher university he examined at the Culinary Institute of The united states in New York and has worked as a equally a pastry chef and govt chef with the Ritz-Carlton, Boston University and Aramark.
“Pastry is my specialty,” Sechoka claimed.
With the “Halloween Baking Championship” wrapped, Sechoka and his wife are starting The Delighted Confection, a cannabis edible enterprise for persons on restricted diet programs, this kind of as vegan, gluten and sugar no cost.
Episodes of “Halloween Baking Championship” will air at 9 p.m. Mondays on the Meals Community. Judges are Stephanie Boswell, Carla Corridor and Zac Younger. Comedian John Henson hosts.
Gain or reduce, Sechoka mentioned the best section of the competition was conference “really interesting chefs from all-around the state.”
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