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Dana is a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware (UD) with a Bachelor’s degree in Ho- tel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management. After graduating from UD, Chef Herbert continued his education at Johnson and Wales University (JWU), where he completed a second Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts and an additional Associates of Arts in Pastry. During his study at JWU he worked for the Four Seasons Boston.

After pastry school, Dana worked for Philadelphia Downtown Marriott as the in-house Pas- try Chef. During that time Dana also had the unique opportunity of being the Pastry Chef for the 2006 American Culinary Federation National Convention and cooking for the Phila- delphia Chapter of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs. He was most recently the Head Chef at the Delaware River and Bay Authority in New Castle.

In addition to The Next Great Baker, Chef Herbert has also been featured on WeTV’s Wed- ding Cake Wars and TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off.

We asked our winner Dana Herbert a few questions about this big win and his recent appearance on TLC’s The Next Great Baker.

How does it feel to have Sylvia Weinstock select your cake as the winner of our first Great Cake-off? Words cannot express how great it feels. Sylvia Weinstock is an icon in the cake community and a legend. So for her to select my cake as the winning cake, it is truly an honor and I am humbled. All things are possible to him that believeth.

What was the inspiration behind your winning design? I wanted to do something a little different yet still grand and elegant…most brides, whether modern or classical, still look for something that has a touch of “dainty” in the design. I loved the pink so I wanted to work differ- ent shades in there.

What was it like working in the high stress "Next Great Baker" competitive environment? Everything moves at warp speed or so it seems. It is difficult but exhilarat- ing at the same time. Everyone is buzzing around just trying to reach that plateau. Time management is huge and a real key to being successful. The other part of being in that environment is that you have to be a real team player and unselfish. Embrace each others talents and allow everyone to shine. Good leaders out their Aces their Places and allow them to do what they do best

Great Cake-off Winner and The Next Great Baker Dana Herbert. Photo credit: TLC/Heather Swanson

WED The Magazine

And, what I'm sure everyone asks you, what's Buddy (Valastro, The Cake Boss) like? Buddy is a good guy. He was a good teacher and judge at the same time. He never wanted anyone to fail and offered tips to everyone to make them successful. At the end of the day, whether you went to the box truck or you won, he wanted you to walk away saying, “I was better than when I started.”

January 2011

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