Milette Raz and Beth Somers for winning the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Season 6 Episode 15
Milette started baking from home when she was 10. As an orphan she was raised by her Grandma Juliana Buhay-Ongkingco who taught her the art of baking and with her encouragement, Milette started creating her own recipes which she submitted for competitions.
She won her 1st regional baking competition at age 14 and placed 2nd runner up in National Baking competition in the Philippines. After that, she won numerous baking competitions as well as a Cake Decorating Gold Medalist. She was frequently requested as a Judge in Baking and/or Wedding Cake Decorating competitions. Also featured in magazines & ABS/CBN Television Channel as one of the best cake decorators in Davao City, Philippines .
Got married at an early age to her loving and very supportive husband Fred, also a Gold Medalist in Wedding Cake Decorating competition and recently won Third in the America Sweets and Baking Competition 2015 Chicago, Illinois. They are blessed with 7 children and a Grandson and recently a grand daughter. They sold their Bakeshop and Cake Decorating School of 10 years and migrated to the U.S. in 2001.
In 2001, while raising her growing family she worked at Lutz Bakery, Chicago, IL. and at Alliance Bakery, Chicago IL. as Chief Cake Decorator for 8 years. Her co-cake decorators are now successful in their own rights. Finally as the kids grew up and some left the nest, Milette was able to move to her own Bakeshop at Historic Downtown Plainfield, IL.
Milette would like to acknowledge her mentors who shaped her craft:
Avelina Florendo, Manila,Phils.- Gum Paste Flowers, Cold Porcelain
Heny Sison, Manila,Phils.- Fondant Making from scratch, Basic Fondant to the Advance Continental Lambeth Course
Colette Peters, USA- Advance Fondant cake decorating
Roland Winbeckler, USA- Buttercream Figure Piping and Airbrush
Nicholas Lodge, USA- Advance Gumpaste Flower Making