|Sugar Art Competition Judges
Lisa Bugeja is the award winning artist & creative force behind Flour Confections which has been
featured in numerous publications such as Brides Magazine, Toronto Life, Fashion Magazine,
American Cake Decorating, Bakers Journal, People.com and many more. She has also been seen
on CTV's Canada AM, assistant to Ashlee Perkins on Food Network Challenge, and assistant
to Matthew Somers on Cake Walk, and has won numerous awards including 2nd Runner Up in
the Grand Wedding Cake Competition at the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show.
Adele Lind-Nichols has been an integral part of Sweet Times in the Rockies since 2008 as a
committee member and co-chair for the 2011 show. She owned the Wildflour Cake Bakery in
Windsor, but gave it up because she felt she was missing out on her kids' childhood. She has
assisted sugar artists, Rebecca Sutterby and Sharon Zambito on two episodes of TLC's Ultimate
Cake Off and assisted Rachael Tuefel in two episodes on the Food Network Challenge.
Mary Ann Hamilton has been with the Butterfly Pavilion since May of 2002 and began her work
at the Butterfly Pavilion as a zookeeper of the Curatorial department and worked her way up to VP of
Science and Conservation. Mary Ann grew up in south Texas and received a Bachelors of Science in
Bioenvironmental Sciences and Entomology from Texas A&M University, College Station and in 2010
received her Master's degree in Education - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Regis
University, Denver, CO. Mary Ann's master's thesis focused on the effectiveness of audio tours in
educational facilities. Mary Ann has had the privilege of consulting with N.A.S.A. on three space
shuttle missions for life science experiments with butterflies and spiders. Mary Ann is a member of
the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute, High Country Lepidopterist Society, Xerces Society and
Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Mary Ann has a passion for invertebrates, especially insects,
invertebrate research and conservation and environmental education.
Ella Steele is the current Alternate Representative for the Colorado/Wyoming chapter of ICES. She
has been active in COICES for many years. She has competed in the Sweet Times in the Rockies
cake competition and has received first place and Best in the MasterÕs Division. She has earned
Wilton's Presidents' Hall of Fame for her achievements and was awarded Territory Wilton Method
"Teacher of the Year" in 1995 and the Michael's "Big Supervisor Award" in 2006. To date she has
taught over 4,000 students and still loves helping her students explore the art of cake decorating.
Her commercial experience in the sugar arts includes working at Cakes by Karen. She no longer
works there but still does display cakes for the store.
Ella is a retired teacher of 28 years in DPS. She still loves children and missed her students after she
retired so she began tutoring online with the John Corcoran Foundation. She is currently the lead
teacher for the online tutoring program for the Fresno, CA School district. All that said, she is a
teacher at heart!
Cathy Stone resides with her husband Doug north of Cortez, in the southwest corner of Colorado.
She became involved in cake decorating six years ago while attempting to help her daughter
make her wedding cake. After it was all said and done, she decided she could do this, so she
bought books off the internet and became hooked. When not decorating cakes, she teaches
second grade at a small country school. She also cherishes time spent with their two
granddaughters, and is thankful for Skype so she can see their six month old grandson often in
|Tasting Competition Judges
Kate Wheeler has a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales
University, and has worked in several kitchens and bakeries, including
McMurdo Station, Antarctica through Raytheon. Kate has now been
with Savory Spice Shop for the last 6 years. She is currently Lead Trainer
for Savory Franchising Team; opening franchises all over the U.S. Kate says
she enjoys cooking and eating anything odd and different she can get her
hands on. Her dream job would be being an expedition chef!
Chef Jason Schwartz has been involved in the culinary arts for over 15 years. He is trained in
classical French cuisine at the Le Cordon Bleu-Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, where
he graduated with top honors. He has been chef to celebrities at the Playboy Mansion including
Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison. While working for Whirled Peas Catering Company in Denver,
CO as a Sous Chef, Jason cooked for foreign dignitaries, former President Gerald Ford, Tom
Shane from Shane Co, and Newt Gingrich to name a few.
Currently, Jason is a Quality Management Specialist with the Steritech Group, where he is an expert
in the field of brand protection, performing operational and food safety audits. Jason has been
married to his beautiful wife Danielle, for over 6 years, and they have a gorgeous 4.5 year old
Russell Haythorn is a reporter with KMGH-TV 7 News in Denver, Colorado. He joined 7 NEWS
in November 2005. Prior to working in Denver, Russell reported the news for WFMY-TV in
Greensboro, North Carolina, KCBD-TV in Lubbock, Texas and KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Russell graduated from Colorado State University in 1998.
Christine Chang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the United States when she was 8
years old. She graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. After
working as weekend anchor/reporter at 31LAX in Alexandria, LA, she moved on to report at
NJN in New Jersey. Her next stop was as weekend anchor/reporter at KEZI-TV in Eugene,
OR. From there, she took a gamble and moved to Las Vegas, where Christine was morning
anchor/reporter at KTNV-TV. Christine joined Denver's 7 in February 2004. Denver is not
only beautiful, but the people here are so down to earth, it reminds her of her southern roots.