Lansing Community College

LCC employee wins Food Network’s Girl Scout Cookie Championship

By Marilyn Twine

Jeremy Davis, winner of the Food Network's Girl Scout Cookie Championship

LANSING, Mich. - Jeremy Davis' day job is the director of LCC's Business and Economics Department but he also lives in another world; that of a baker.

Davis, a married father of three turned his love of baking into the thriving home business Designed by Daddy Custom Cakery. He turned up his artistry skills a few notches when he beat out four other bakers to win the “Girl Scout Cookie Championship” on the Food Network.

To move forward in the competition Davis created a Do-si-dos® Blondie with a tortilla chip crust. That delightful treat earned him passage to the final round where he embraced his Michigan roots and created a cake in the image of the Mackinac Bridge.

The heavenly loaf that wowed the show’s judges, Nacho Aguirre, Katie Lee, and Zac Young was made from a dark chocolate cake with toasted coconut buttercream, caramel drizzle and crunched up Samoas®.

All of the competitors he faced attended culinary school and work professionally as bakers and chefs. This added another dimension to the contest for Davis who enjoyed pitting the skills gained in his home business against their professional training.

“It felt amazing to take on the culinary school graduates,” he said. “Working in higher-ed myself, I definitely value the education someone gets in their profession. I did have to remind them that even though I didn't go to culinary school, I was a professional baker. Baking isn't a hobby; I do run a business, it just happens to be out of my home.” Despite the competitive nature, Davis said, “It was amazing meeting them and we have stayed in contact and built a really nice friendship.”

 

The competition was a fun experience for Davis who felt honored just to be cast on the show. “It was great to have a backstage look at how the shows I love to watch on the Food Network are actually created and produced. It also didn't hurt that I won.”

Davis admits to being a mini-celebrity around his Charlotte home town. “I'm getting a lot more inquires for cakes,” he said.

As the winner of the “Girl Scout Cookie Championship” Davis received a “dream outdoor vacation” and a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies.

 
About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

 

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