A New York casting agency contacts David offering him a 3 year TV contract after watching his YouTube videos
In December 2010 David received a telephone call from a casting agency in New York USA inviting him to be on the judging panel of an international 13 part cake decorating reality television series called CAKE WALK which had been commissioned by major Canadian television network ‘Slice’ – part of the global television network – ‘Shaw Media’ owned by Canadian media and broadcast company ‘Corus Entertainment’.
Feeling most honoured accepting the invitation while securing a 3 year television contract, David was then flown to Toronto Canada by series creators Buck Productions where he joined the show’s hostess Caroline Rhea along with fellow Canadian judges Alexandria Pellegrino and Gordon Bailey.
Filming of the series commenced March 2011 and on September 7th 2011 CAKE WALK premiered on ‘Slice’ receiving critical acclaim from Canadian press and TV media.
Since the series premiere in Canada, CAKE WALK has been syndicated and broadcast on television networks around the world including North, Central and South America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia.
CAKE WALK has recently been acquired by Amazon and is now available to watch on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.
David gets serious – in the ‘Judging Zone’
David is known for his BIG smile and happy outgoing personality, however on CAKE WALK you will see another more serious persona to David.
“When in the judging zone I am very focused observing every detail and following the rules set out by the producers of the CAKE WALK. My role on the show was to ask the competitors many questions, to listen, observe and evaluate while being completely honest and unbiased at all times.
The ultimate objective for myself and fellow judges was to decide what we believed to be the most suitable wedding cake for the guest bride and groom, not just in design, but also how the creativity was executed by the designer, along with their focus on time management, how their cake tasted and how everything met with the wedding cake requirements of the couple.
Sometimes I agreed with the other judges, other times we agreed to disagree! But ultimately our combined scores concluded which team was going to win the $5000 first prize!”
Season 1 Episode Guide
13 episodes X 45 minutes
Shakespearean Masquerade • Hollywood Glamour • Shop-a-holic • Tropical Paradise • Punk Rock Love • Rustic Vineyard • Robot Adventure • Fright Night • Belle of the Ball • The Cake of Life • Sea of Love • French Flair • Woodsy Outdoors
Series Summary and Cast
CAKE WALK is an exciting fast paced cake decorating reality TV series hosted by actress and comedienne Caroline Rhea who starred in ‘Sabrina Teenage Witch’.
Each episode focuses on three competing cake designers who race against the clock having only just 7 hours to create a dream wedding cake for a lucky couple!
From a Shakespearean Masquerade Ball theme to a Punk Rock theme, each episode challenges the cake designer’s creativity and artistic vision as they create a wedding cake that tells the story of how the bride and groom met while the cake design has to embrace the desired theme as requested by bride and groom.
David MacCarfrae along with fellow judges Alexandria Pellegrino and Gordon Bailey observe and critique each wedding cake design, taste and style, as well as observing the cake designer’s time management skills and their overall creativity applied to the wedding cake design to satisfy the wishes of the bride and groom.
After presenting the judges with cake for tasting and completing their wedding cake design, each competitor then has only 30 seconds to carry the entire assembled wedding cake creation to a presentation area where the wedding couple give their critique of the cake designs.
Finally the judges give points for the finished designs and their scores are added together which results in the announcement of the winning cake believed to be the most suited for the bride and groom.
At the end of each episode the winning cake designer is presented with a CAKE WALK trophy and takes home $5,000 cash prize along with the honour of recreating their award winning wedding cake design which will grace the top table on the couple’s wedding day.
Beyond The Judging Experience
Once he had finished working on CAKE WALK David decided the time was right to start travelling around the world sharing and teaching his creative cake decorating technique.
From 2011 to the present as well as being invited to share his creative art in many European countries, David was also invited to attend corporate events in USA and Asia giving presentation speeches about creating the 2 Royal Wedding Cakes for The British Royal Family along with his passion for creating with Royal Icing while meeting up with International followers of CAKE WALK who had enjoyed watching the 13 part series.
“Working along side comedienne and hostess Caroline Rhea, my fellow judges Alexandria Pellegrino and Gordon Bailey, not forgetting the wonderful and talented competitors, romantic couples and the fantastic crew at Buck Productions was an amazing experience I will never forget and will always treasure!”
CAKE WALK Season 1 on Amazon
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