Beloved Food Network Challenge star and cake chef Kerry Vincent has died. The talented sugar artist and reality show judge was 75.
Known as the “Queen of Cakes,” Vincent born in Australia but made her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show announced her death. The group noted she was fighting an illness but didn’t say what caused her passing.
“It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this evening,” the organization posted on its Facebook page.
“Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public. Unfortunately, her fight has come to an end but she will no longer have any pain. She will be sorely missed by all who she has touched through the Sugar Arts as [well] as personally,” the post continued.
Along with Food Network Challenge, the talented baker also hosted the Food Network’s Save My Bakery in 2014. She was also a judge on The Great Australian Bake Off and appeared on Holiday Gingerbread Showdown, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Last Cake Standing.
Yahoo said she earned more than 100 blue ribbons during her career as a cake artist and was inducted into the International Cake Exploration Societé Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame in 2010.
Fans Post Their Condolences for Kerry Vincent
Fans loved Kerry Vincent for her tough-talk. She had honest opinions on her shows while having a gentle demeanor off-screen. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind whenever pressed by contestants or offer help when asked. Her fans say they’ll miss her advice.
“Very sad to read this,” a fan wrote on Facebook. “Kerry’s influence, guidance and fierce determination was such an inspiration, to myself and so many others. Rest in peace dear Kerry.”
“The Great Kerry Vincent will be missed in this world,” another person posted. “She was so charismatic and made you feel like you were the most special person in the world when she talked with you. And I will miss all of her stories. She had a lot of them. Rest In Peace Queen of Cakes.”
“I’m incredibly saddened. She was a hero to so many cake artist,” another one of the hundreds of posts read. “I never saw her when she wasn’t both elegant and eloquent. We loved you Kerry, for your inspiration, encouragement and kindness. RIP.”
Her husband Doug and their dog survive her. No services will take place for her, per Vincent’s request, Page Six reported.