Cheryl Burger, winner of Food Network's show, Cupcake Wars visited Purnell on Tuesday, October 23rd to discuss her career as a baker and entrepreneur. A 1999 graduate in history and political science from Rutgers University, Burger considered herself more of a businesswoman than premier baker when she and her sister opened up their cupcake shop on Main Street in Chester, New Jersey. However, only a few months ago Burger entered her work into Cupcake Wars and not only made it on the show, but her cupcakes took home the top honors.
Following Burger’s discussion of the development of her business, students had the opportunity to ask questions. One of the first questions, whether Burger enjoyed eating her own cupcakes, garnered a surprising response, “I am not a big fan of sweets, but I love baking them.” Students were excited to sample some of Cheryl Burger’s award winning cupcakes toward the end of her talk while listening to her final words of inspiration, “If you are doing something you are passionate about as a job, make sure that if you have to do it everyday, it’s something you really love.”