May 15, 2013
Growing up, Whitney Beery was the only person in her family with a sweet tooth. If she wanted dessert, she had to learn how to bake it herself.
These baking skills landed the Texas Tech University Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (RHIM) senior a spot on a new CBS competition baking series called “The American Baking Competition” which airs at 7 p.m. on May 29.
CBS was looking for a young personality to add to the show and discovered Beery through her baking blog, Appleton Desserts. She was chosen as one of ten contestants who will compete for $250,000 and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to create a personal cookbook. The show is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and judged by celebrity chefs Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood.
“I was nervous at first because I had never been in a baking competition before,” said Beery, who will graduate this weekend. “However, the show taught me how to challenge myself and it gave me the confidence to experiment more with my baking.”
When asked what her favorite parts of filming the show were, Beery said getting to know the other cast mates really well and the rare opportunity to compete on a television show.
Beery decided to move from Denver to Texas Tech after visiting during Parent’s Weekend her senior year of high school. She said being a RHIM major has influenced both her baking and her future plans.
“The major is really focused towards cooking and baking, which gives me a lot of hands-on experience that improves my outside baking,” she said. “The professors are very focused on the actual product, as well as management skills, and so I feel very prepared for the future.”
After graduation, Beery is moving to Sonoma County, Calif., to work in a hospitality position at a wine vineyard. In the meantime, she is excited about the upcoming show.
“I think people would enjoy watching this show because everyone on it is an amateur baker and so that makes us very relatable,” Beery said. “It’s just normal people who are at all different stages in life, but have a common passion for baking in their free time.”
The Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (RHIM) program is part of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech.
The program is designed for students to gain extensive management skills and work experience in the hospitality industry.
RHIM offers an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree with professional and research specialization options, and a doctoral degree program in hospitality administration.
Labs in hotel operations, food production and computers, among others, give students hands-on training that increases their marketability in the industry.