Baran-Unland: Lots of excitement for you this year! You opened your own business and you participated in a Food Network show. Let's start with Food Network. How did that come about?
Wyss: About a year ago Food Network called and asked if I would be interested in competing on Halloween Wars. Some of people I look up to most in the cake industry, such as cake artist Karen Portaleo and the late Vinny Garcia of the now defunct Bleeding Heart Bakery, had won on the show in past seasons, so that was encouraging. I didn’t happen to have anything better going on the week they were filming, so I figured I would go along for the ride and see what happened. It was that simple!
Baran-Unland: What is the premise of the show?
Wyss: The show is a weekly elimination series where teams comprised of a sugar artist, pumpkin carver and a cake artist are pitted against one another. The challenges are Halloween-themed which result in ambitious, life sized edible showpieces being built live in a matter of a few hours.
Baran-Unland: What have you learned from participating in it?
Wyss: I got a lot of of the experience for sure. I made some amazing talented friends, got some good decorating tips, got to eat craft services, was entertained by the ever so charming host Jonathan Bennett, (AKA Aaron Samuels from the movie "Mean Girls"), and with time learned to overcome the fear and agony of "failing" at the thing you love most on national television!