Our Judges

 Meet the Judges who will brave the daunting task of tasting all of the delicious cupcakes in this year's contest.

Bob Scofield
With over 30 years of hands-on experience in all phases of restaurant operations, Bob knows his way around a kitchen. He has worked with many national chains, including General Mills, Marriott Corporation, TGI Fridays and Specialty Restaurant Corp.  You may know of his most recent award winning restaurant, the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant and Commander's Catering , where he was owner and manager.  It was named "Best Sunday Brunch and Best Independent Restaurant of Stark County. Besides his skills in the kitchen, his expertise includes an emphasis on revenue building and cost controls through the use of proven technology systems. Bob and his family are very active members of their community and church.

Katie Byard

Katie is the current food editor of the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper with 27 years of writing experience at the ABJ.  She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in journalism.  Do I hear an OH---IO?  While a student at OSU, she worked as a writer on the Lantern, the highly regarded student newspaper.  She is an active member of her church and community in a number of youth support programs.

Bob Jones
Bob is also a buckeye from birth.  He graduated from Bowling Green State University and is a  journalist with 19 years of experience, with the award of "Best Enterprising Reporter" by the Ohio Associated Press. If you have an interesting story that is just waiting to be told, you can email Bob with the facts. bjones@newsnet5.com 
 When  Bob is not on the job, he enjoys running and has qualified for the Boston Marathon, so he will have no problem working off all that sugar from tasting cupcakes.  But most of all, Bob enjoys  spending quality time with his wife and two children.


Dan Wallace
My name is Dan Wallace and I am currently a junior at The University of Akron and I am in the Culinary Arts program here. I enjoy cooking and baking a lot and of course love food. I like the art and the concepts of cooking and baking a lot. When I am done with college, I plan on becoming a baker or work in a nice resort somewhere in Florida as a chef.  I was in troop 334 until I became an Eagle Scout in 2012. Being a part of Troop 334 was really fun and I made some good friends and good memories as well.