‘Cake Wars’ Winner Visits Chamlian

Shantal Derboghosian her explaining to students how she incorporated the Armenian and Uruguayan flags in her winning cake.
Shantal Derboghosian and Chamlian’s Spanish elective class

Shantal Derboghosian and Chamlian’s Spanish elective class

LA CRESCENTA—On Friday, May 6, Chamlian Armenian School’s Spanish elective class, led by Mrs. Monica Eurejian, received a highly anticipated visit from Shantal Derboghosian, owner of Shakar Bakery® and recent winner of Food Network’s Cake Wars Season 2!

Shantal, who is an American Armenian, with parents from Uruguay, provided students with an inspirational speech as she shared her experience on Cake Wars, discussed how her Uruguayan Armenian identity influenced her experience on the show and in her business, and spoke to the group regarding how her engineering background serves as an advantage when it comes to constructing cakes.

The students were excited and had prepared many questions for her ranging from what she will be doing with the money she won, how she felt after she won, when she began baking, who influenced her, and many other great detailed questions about her experience on the show.

“I wanted to find a name that would be easy to pronounce for Americans, and a name Armenians can remember”, mentioned Shantal when a student asked where she came up with the name for her bakery. “I like tying in my culture everywhere possible!”

Shantal left the students with an important note to remember; “Anytime a door opens, any opportunity that comes your way, take it, even if you don’t know if it’s going to help you or not. Just do it!”


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  1. Shakar Bakery said:

    Thank you for covering this! What a nice surprise! It was a great experience speaking to the students! I hope I inspired them to strive for the best.