Local baker needs voter support to win competition

Megan Walchuk

Jenna Beaulne has been baking as long as she can remember. And now, she’s looking to whip up the memory of a lifetime, by throwing her chef’s hat into the Greatest Baker competition.
The competition showcases the work of home bakers from across the world, using online votes to determine the cream of the crop.
Voting for the first round ends at 10 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday). Beaulne needs to finish in the top 10 to move forward; she’s currently in 11th place in her group. Anyone in the community can vote, with the link at https://greatestbaker.com/2020/jenna-beaulne. One vote per day is allowed, but additional votes can be purchased, with proceeds supporting the No Kid Hungry Foundation charity.
The Mine Centre native was born into a baking family. Her Grandmother, Edna Benjamin, made wedding cakes, and Beaulne enjoyed baking alongside her.
“My grandma has always been my inspiration when it comes to my baking,” said Beaulne. “She always thought I had what it took to be a great baker. She would try things even though she knew that it would probably not be very tasty. She never said no, and she was never scared to be honest about whether it was good or bad.”
Growing up in the kitchen alongside her Grandma has made Beaulne a skilled baker in her own right. She’s become locally famous for her painted sugar cookies, and her birthday cakes – she makes a special delivery to Mine Centre School for her son’s birthday. She also won first place for jelly making at the Emo Fair and enjoys making explosion cakes.
“They’re my go-to. I love how creative you can be with them,” she said.
She was encouraged to enter the contest by her husband, Matt, and two sons. They’ve been the lucky recipients of Beaulne’s handiwork, and felt she needed a little encouragement to take her skills to the next level.
“Winning would give her the confidence that she needs to start her bakery. This way, everyone can try the goodies she bakes. It would mean a new chapter in her life,” said Matt. “Everyone needs that little push. This is hers.”
Seeing her do well in the competition would also let him and the boys say “I told you so,” Matt said. “Lots of people tell her to promote her baking, but she’s too shy.”
The competition has several rounds, leading to a final vote in December. The grand prize winner will be featured in Bake from Scratch Magazine, receive a year’s supply of Stuffed Puffs, and $10,000 in cash.