November 7, 2013 • 11:46:38 a.m.

ECC wins cupcake war against Harper College, again


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ELGIN – Two culinary arts students from Elgin Community College in Elgin and two from Harper College in Palatine faced off in a cupcake war Oct. 29 at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center in Hoffman Estates.

Elgin Community College student Yvonne Mastrogiovanni of Batavia walked away with a $1,000 scholarship after winning first place in the competition. Mastrogiovanni also placed first in last year’s competition.

Students were asked to use Splenda sweetener in their cupcakes. The winner was chosen based on the highest number of votes by attendees at the October event.

According to a news release, Mastrogiovanni "wowed" judges with her Warm Cinnamon Pear and Ricotta Cupcake.

Harper College's Caroline Golbeck, who baked Sweet Potato Pumpkin Cupcakes, was the first runner-up.

The competition was part of Think Global, Eat Local: An International Taste of Hoffman Estates – an initiative sponsored by the Village of Hoffman Estate’s Sister Cities Commission and Tate & Lyle Splenda. The event honored Angouleme, France, the sister city of Hoffman Estates.

In the release, Pastry Chef Chrystie Wojcik, an instructor for ECC’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program, said she’s proud of Mastrogiovanni and her pastry students.

“It is such a great experience for the students to put themselves out there and see what competition is all about,” she said in the release. “It is such a wonderful learning experience for our students and I am proud of all my students who participated in the competition this year.”

For more information on ECC’s collection of culinary, pastry and hospitality management courses and degrees, visit

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