BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School has a celebrity chef in the making! Family and Consumer Sciences: Foods Teacher, Amy Wartel, is currently competing in 'The Greatest Baker' online competition. While teaching full time at GL in the Family and Consumer Sciences program, Wartel maintains a side business where she bakes cakes for special occasions.

"Ms. Wartel's talent and passion for baking is a huge reason why her classes at GL have grown in popularity each year. She has done a great job growing her program!" said Rob Nixon, Principal of Gov. Livingston High School.

Wartel is currently in her third year as a teacher at Gov. Livingston High School and brings a passion and energy for consumer sciences to every class she leads. She teaches Everyday Gourmet, Gourmet Cuisine, and International Cuisine. Prior to becoming a teacher, Wartel worked professionally as a pastry chef for 9 years. She studied Nutrition and Food Science in college and upon graduation she attended culinary school for French baking and pastry arts. After graduating from culinary school she began specializing in cakes which led to her recent entrance into The Greatest Baker competition with cakes she has previously made. According to Wartel, "My secret is, 'Don't give up!' Baking and pastry arts isn't easy...It takes technique, practice, and science based understanding." Sounds like good advice for baking and for many aspects of life.

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The Greatest Baker is the world's largest online competition for bakers. The winner will receive worldwide recognition as The Greatest Baker of 2020, he/she will also be featured in Bake from Scratch Magazine, and take home a cash prize.

You can see some examples of Wartel's work in the link below and cast your vote for her, if you are so inclined. 

Click here to vote.

Editor's Note: Victoria Baum, Social Media/Communications Specialist for Berkeley Heights Public Schools, spotlights topics for all schools in the Berkeley Heights Public School District.