Local bakery owner competes on Food Network show

Alana George, Campus Carrier Asst. Arts & Living Editor

Kevin Dillmon, the owner of Honeymoon Bakery, will be one of 10 competitors on Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship.” He was most excited to meet other bakers from different parts of the country, and hopes that his appearance will shine a light on small-town bakeries. Photo courtesy of Daniela Medina.

Kevin Dillmon, the owner of Honeymoon Bakery, will compete on Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship.”

According to an article on Food Network’s website, the show is returning for its fifth season and will feature 10 bakers working to impress a panel of three judges to win a $25,000 prize.

Food Network contacted Dillmon at the bakery and asked him if he would be interested in doing the show. He then went in and filmed the episodes, doing two different competitions per show. He greatly enjoyed the filming process.

“I got to compete against a great group of bakers and pastry chefs, and it was a lot of fun for me,” Dillmon said.

Dillmon was most excited to meet the other chefs because they came from all over the country. As far as where he stands against his competition, Dillmon thinks that his experience at Honeymoon has prepared him well. Since the bakery offers so many different treats, cookies, custom cakes, gelato and more, he felt prepared to impress the judges with his variety of skills.

Berry students are no strangers to Honeymoon Bakery, with it being right in our backyard on Broad Street. According to the bakery’s website, Dillmon was passionate about the details when he set out to open his own bakery.

“In 2007 Kevin Dillmon put hands and feet to his ideas and passions to create Honeymoon Bakery,” the website states. “He didn’t stop at creating just another bakery, but has delved into making every detail a unique design.”

Honeymoon itself has won many awards over the years, including four from The Rome News-Tribune and three from The Southern Retail Bakers Association.

Dillmon hopes that his participation on the show will shine a light on small-town bakeries. With Honeymoon being right outside of Atlanta, he hopes to get some more visitors in the future who may have seen him compete on the show and want to see what else Honeymoon has to offer.

For aspiring bakers, Dillmon’s advice is to first stick to the basics of doing a dessert. Once you have the basics down, you can start experimenting with different ingredients and techniques to make something great.

The fifth season of “Spring Baking Championship” premieres on Monday March 18th at 9 p.m. EST on Food Network.

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