A Leesburg native and a Loudoun County Substantial University graduate is among the eight contestants on the Foods Network’s Spring Baking Championship: Easter series which premiered on February 28.

Kathleen Faliskie, 26, a pastry chef at The Conche in the Village at Leesburg, is competing on the display, which pits bakers from just one yet another. Every single week 1 man or woman is currently being eliminated till the champion is named. The winner will acquire a Golden Easter Egg.

The display airs on Monday night time at 10 p.m. for 6 weeks.

The Spring Baking Championship: Easter is hosted by Sunny Anderson and the judges are Jordan Andino and Stephanie Boswell. It was filmed more than two months final summer time in New York Town, Faliskie mentioned.

Faliskie had by no means been on television in advance of, however The Conche proprietor Santosh Tiptur encouraged her to use.

Tiptur has been “incredibly supportive” and he pushed her to get started competing, Faliskie stated.

“He gave me a crash study course in sugar work and chocolate tempering,” she explained. “Because of him I know how to taste and harmony textures and desserts. There is almost nothing else like this in the space specifically for pastries, it is a dream career.”

Immediately after watching the initial episode past 7 days, Faliskie informed the Periods-Mirror she was content with the way the production turned out and of the episodes which have aired so significantly, she’s nonetheless in the level of competition as of the 2nd episode.

“It was excellent. Really enjoyment to see what the other contestants did. It came together properly and was fun to observe considering the fact that you are so concentrated on oneself throughout the competitors,” she said.

Faliskie disclosed that in the initially episode she experienced “a handful of mishaps” but was equipped to pull by means of.

“My bunny collapsed, she reported. “I managed to rebuild it and the tasting aspect saved me.”

“I was not that anxious. People look at me all working day behind the glass at The Conche and also when I was in faculty at CIA. I am superior at staying quiet beneath stress, which aided me on the demonstrate,” she reported.

Faliskie is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of The united states and beforehand worked at Lansdowne Resort and Potomac Patries in Centreville.

She was hired to operate at The Conche in 2017 in which she is Executive Pastry Chef and is acknowledged for her custom cakes.

Faliskie explained she enjoyed her time competing on the demonstrate and hopes persons appreciate watching it.

“This was an remarkable working experience,” she reported. “I never predicted or saw myself accomplishing it. I pushed myself like never ever prior to.”

“Nothing can get ready you for it,” she said.