Cathy Kincaid

Cathy Kinkead

Pulaski Technical College

Chef Cathy Kincaid began decorating cakes as a teenager and later had a business creating wedding and special occasion cakes. After taking several years off to raise children, she enrolled in culinary school with an emphasis in Baking and Pastry Arts. Cathy later went to work for The Blue Cake Company in Little Rock, AR as a sugar artist and worked primarily on figures, flowers, and other modeling. After obtaining her CEPC, Cathy joined the faculty at Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. She is a Baking, Pastry, and Cake Decorating instructor and loves her job.

Xiomara Bevel

Xiomara Bevel

Bueno Postre

Xiomara is the owner and Pastry Artist at Bueno Postre. Realizing her great love of sweets and wine, she enrolled in The Art Institute of New York and received a certificate of Pasty Arts in 2007. Since then, she has culminated her skills and ideas into one great package she could offer to the masses. Bueno Postre allows her to design amazing dessert bars, custom wedding cakes and other culinary delights.

Xiomara is currently located in Chicago, IL and teaches baking and cake decorating courses at Cakewalk Chicago and Northwestern University.

Nicole O’Clare


Nix Confectionery

Nicole O’Clare graduated from Gwinnett Technical College with a degree in Culinary Arts in 2010. She began her culinary career as an intern at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. She later transferred to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and was promoted to culinary supervisor. Throughout her time at Hyatt, she continued teaching herself the art of cake design and accepted the opportunity to work for Chef Heather Hurlbert at HHDesserts. She learned many new and classical techniques, and her desire for pastry only grew. She recently participated in the Heart for Chocolate event benefitting Piedmont CASA where she won over the crowd with Best Presentation. Her commitment and determination drive her to expand her knowledge and experience with the art of pastry.