A Minnesota pastry chef has a shot at Food Network stardom


Did Erin Campbell's Hollywood roots help the Minnesota transplant land a starring role in a television show?

We'll find out how the chef at Nadia Cakes in Woodbury fared on the reality show "Food Network Star" once the new season starts later this month.

On the show's 12th season – which has already been taped but hits the airwaves May 22 – Campbell competed against a dozen other chefs and cooks with the winner getting a chance to host their own Food Network show.

It was only a couple of years ago that Campbell left southern California to join Nadia Cakes owner Abby Jimenez in opening a Woodbury location.

But the Twin Cities food scene has made quite an impression on her. When the Food Network asked for her favorite food city to visit, Campbell replied:

"I love, love, love the food in Minneapolis. The food scene in Minneapolis crushes the food scene in LA."

Ah, flattery.


Campbell also seems to have a soft spot for some of the non-edible aspects of Minnesota, telling the Pioneer Press: “My customers do things like invite me to church and invite me over to dinner, and that’s so endearing. I love Minnesota."

Past Food Network success

The folks at Nadia Cakes are not strangers to the Food Network. Jimenez, the owner, won a $10,000 prize on Cupcake Wars a few years ago. And shortly before her move to Minnesota, Campbell was a $50,000 winner on the network's Holiday Baking Championship.

But do the contestants on Food Network Star really get a chance to be Food Network stars? Indeed they do. The Pioneer Press notes that Guy Fieri is a former winner on the show. He's gone on to become a "culinary rock star."

Campbell, of course, is sworn to secrecy about the outcome of Food Network Star, but told the network beforehand that if she did get her own show it would be "...full of fun and full of laughter and full of joy."

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