HEAD COOK: Heather Walker
COMPETITION: World Dessert Championship
QUALIFYING EVENT: 2014 World Dessert Championship Top 10
As a long-time personal trainer and health advocate, Heather Walker has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about healthy lifestyles for most of her life. But she also has a secret passion…DECADENT DESSERTS!
“I was the little girl who always ate her vegetables, played outside until the sun went down…and ate TWO huge pieces of cake at everyone’s birthday party! Then, when no one was looking, I was eating everyone else’s cake, licking the knife, and stuffing my pockets with leftover candy!”
After her son was born in 2010, Heather began to pursue her passion for cooking and food by successfully blogging and competing in local and national food competitions. Her two blogs, Hoopfinity’s Happenings and Healthy, Busy, Mom now contain over 300 recipes, attract over 60,000 readers monthly, and garner followers in the US, France, Ukraine, and Canada.
In 2014, Heather took third place at the World Food Championships in the dessert category, an achievement that quickly made her realize baking and desserts were her absolute passion. She started a home-based confectionary business that immediately took off, and continues to challenge her creativity and skill.
Heather has also appeared on local San Diego news programs as a healthy cooking expert, and currently blogs for several national PR firms, promoting new and upcoming products. She has also worked as a spokesperson and brand ambassador, focusing on recipe development, live cooking demos and video tutorials.