Schools have been closed for the last several months, and lots of students have been taking it easy. That definitely hasn’t been the case for Camila Marden, a junior at Chicago’s Jones College Prep, though.
Not only has she been staying safe at home, but Camila has also been hard at work honing her baking skills. Specifically, she’s been perfecting her award-winning cookie recipe.
Camila’s incredible cookie baking truly puts all the folks who have been baking banana bread while in quarantine to shame. She hasn’t just been killing time in her kitchen between Netflix shows for the last few months. No, she’s been putting her spare time to great use and taking the baking community by storm.
Chicago’s Number One Baker
Recently, Camila received recognition as the baker of the best cookies in all of Chicago. She went head to head against several other bakers (most of them quite a few years her senior) in a local contest and came out on top.
The contest was judged by David Marden, a Chicago-based realtor and one of the city’s most well-respected baking judges. Marden has years of baking experience under his belt and considers himself more than just an amateur cookie taster.
From start to finish, this contest was a true nail-biter, and some of the city’s best and most well-known bakers presented their latest creations. The competition may have been fierce, but Camila’s cookies outshone the others that were brought to the table.
When asked about Camila’s cookies, Mr. Marden said that, even though he sampled plenty of excellent desserts over the course of the competition, he’d never tasted such a delicious treat.
What’s Her Secret?
Camila’s cookies have been described sweet, but not overly sugary, firm and chewy but not overly crunchy or doughy. She’s found a way to capture everyone’s unique cookie preferences and combine them into one dessert that anyone will enjoy.
In response to questions about her baking experience, Camila revealed that she has been baking ever since she was able to hold a spoon. However, she also acknowledges that it took more than natural talent to get her where she is today. She credits her success in this competition to the hours and hours she’s spent in the kitchen perfecting her cookie recipe.
Even at her young age, Camila knows that diligence and dedication are the secret ingredients necessary for anyone to make it in this world. In preparation for the recent cookie baking competition, she said that she ramped up her time in the kitchen, experimenting with a myriad of oven temperatures, baking times, and ingredient combinations.
Her goal was to create a cookie that had the perfect taste and texture. Based on her recent victory, it seems safe to say she has achieved it.
What’s Next for Camila?
Camila is, of course, thrilled to be crowned the best cookie baker in all of Chicago. She’s also glad that all her efforts are being noticed and is excited to continue her journey.
This young woman is certainly not one to rest on her laurels. In fact, she’s already pressing forward experimenting with different cookie recipes and flavor combinations.
Most of us could stand to learn a thing or two from Camila, her enthusiasm, and her dedication to her craft. If this young woman is already winning baking contests as a high school student, we can only imagine what she’ll be able to accomplish in a few years!
Who’s Ready for a Cookie?
Everyone can use a little extra comfort right now and, sometimes, a freshly baked cookie is exactly what we need to remember that everything is going to be okay. Those who are living in or around the Chicago area and feeling this need, in particular, are in luck.
Not only has Camila been fine-tuning her cookie recipe, but she’s also been establishing herself as an entrepreneur for the last several months. As a result of her hard work, Chicagoans can see for themselves what these cookies are all about.
Camila’s delectable baked goods are now available for purchase and can be ordered online through her website, csmarden.wixsite.com. Support a local Chicago business and a young female entrepreneur (and enjoy some amazing cookies while you’re at it) by placing an order today!