BENTON, Ark. – A local food blogger has made national waves, beating out professional chefs at a world championship food competition.
Diane Roark is a mother of four who has always loved being in the kitchen and cooking with her four children – especially her son Caleb, who has had 17 heart surgeries.
Diane calls him her miracle and baking together has become their bond.
Her love for cooking eventually turned into a blog – named “Recipes for Our Daily Bread.” Then, she entered a recipe contest on the Today Show – and won.
After her trip to New York she was encouraged to enter the World Food Championship, which is quite a feat for a home food blogger against professional chefs.
“It’s rough in that kitchen,” she says. “I wanted to make it as pretty as I could because those chefs y’all, it’s intimidating.”
She prepared and practiced for the event for months and called in special help to taste test her recipes.
“My neighbors, they all tested it several times. They all gave feedback. I owe them a lot of the credit,” Diane continues.
The hard work paid off. One of her desserts, a caramel apple Swiss roll, got first place.
“It got 100% – a rare perfect score,” she says.
After three recipes, Diane walked away third place overall, a huge accomplishment.
She attributes her success to her faith and her family for their support and help.
“I think I was overwhelmed with how much God cares about the little things in life,” she adds.
Plus, she let us in on one of her secret ingredients.
“We’re huge Silver Dollar City fans and I use Silver Dollar City apple butter,” Diane says.
The Arkansas woman is baking her way into national competition and making a big impression with her Southern desserts and Southern charm.
Diane has already received a golden ticket to return to next year’s World Food Championship.
Click here to visit her blog.