Kennett Baker Wins Episode of Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge

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November 14, 2022

On Sunday November 13, Kennett Restaurateur Chad Stone hosted a viewing party for Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge on which he appeared.  Guests who were dressed from casual to formal entered The Opera House on a red carpet complete with snow, life size gingerbread men, and professional photography.  Once inside the party, guests enjoyed food and drinks, photo stations, and had the chance to view a dress completely made of gingerbread which Stone created to audition for the show. Donations were accepted at the door to benefit Kennett Humane Department.

Kennett Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Combs opened the event with a brief message stating, “like so many of you, I have personally experienced Chad’s giving heart again and again.  Chad is a constant champion for our community.  Kennett is blessed to have Chad as a business person and I am thankful to call him a friend.”  Next a video created by Stone’s partner Luis was presented to the crowd.  The video featured congratulatory messages from friends, family, and fans.  Chad addressed the crowd of approximately 250 guests and expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of public support.  Stone said, “Mr. Keith Mitchell meant a lot to me.  He would say a lot of people have complaints about our town, but what are you doing to fix it?  The memory of Mr. Keith why I always try to give back and to make Kennett the best we can.”

The show was streamed live thanks to services provided by Sparklight.  In the show Chad competed against four other talented bakers. The first round challenged contestants to design and create cookie costumes for gingerbread men attending a North Pole party.  Each contestant was given a surprise ingredient and Stone’s ingredient was coffee.  Stone’s design paid tribute to the country of Colombia, where his in-laws reside.  Even with a slight mishap, Stone’s gingerbread man and woman earned praise from hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson and moved him to the second round. 

In the second round, bakers were given four hours to design, build, and develop a story behind their creations.  After a race to score the best ingredient, Stone chose root beer which he infused into his gingerbread.  Stone’s Coal Troll Bungalo was a nightclub where dancing elves turned broken and dysfunctional toys into lumps of coal to be handed out to naughty boys and girls.  Stone’s exceptional display won the hearts of the judges, earning the top prize of $10,000 and the coveted Christmas Cookie Challenge ornament trophy.

When host Ree Drummond announced Chad had won, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause.  Chad proudly revealed the Christmas Cookie Challenge ornament.  Party goers exited the building one by one taking photos and congratulating their local celebrity.  Stone’s business Sweet Mayhem Bakery and Bistro is located on the Downtown Kennett square.  Sweet Mayhem features unique bakery treats, homemade candy, daily lunch specials, and holiday catering options.


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