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Shelton baker to appear on Food Network’s ‘Spring Baking Championship’

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After growing up watching the Food Network and dreaming of being in a competition show, Victoria Casinelli’s dream has come to life.

Casinelli, who lives in Shelton, will be on season 9 of “Spring Baking Championship,” premiering Monday on Food Network. The show features 12 bakers competing for a chance to win $25,000 while doing what they love: baking. The bakers are asked to create something that goes with the theme they are assigned each episode. “Ace of Cakes” pastry chef, Duff Goldman, Kardea Brown and Nancy Fuller are the judges this season.

“Watching the Food Network was always a staple in our home growing up,” she said. “I was always fascinated and memorized by the baking competitions and the pastries bakers would create. Still cannot believe I get to say, I was on a Food Network show.”

The 26-year-old started baking at a young age, she said. She would help her mother bake for all the events for her big Italian-Irish family. She was also influenced by Goldman growing up and remembers him smiling and having a good time while baking.

“I loved watching him and his friend make things and having a good time,” she said. “As I got older, I thought to myself ‘I also want to make things that taste good while having the best time ever.”

Casinelli’s speciality is royal icing cookies, a sugar based cookie (or other flavor) with royal icing on top giving the baker the ability to create different designs with a hard glaze finish.

“My job is to not only make them taste good but be good to look at,” she said. “I love baking cookies because you can do so much: stuff them, ice it, create different fillings. The possibilities are endless.”

She graduated from Johnson & Wale’s University in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in baking & pastry arts. She stayed in Rhode Island, and worked as a lead pastry chef at a seafood restaurant, where she would create weekly specials. She returned to Connecticut in 2020 and started selling “Decorate Your Own Cookie” kits as Casinelli Pastries LLC at the start of the pandemic. The kits included sugar cookies, icing and more.

“I wanted to bring some joy to peoples’ homes during a dark time,” Casinelli said. “I sold out so fast.”

Since recording the show in August, Casinelli has been working as the executive sous chef at a Connecticut bakery and continues to sell cookies through her company. 

“Being on the show was probably one of the most intense and hardest experiences I have done but it was also magical and most life changing experience to be a part of,” she said.

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