Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Feb. 12.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), in partnership with JK Moving Services, made life sweeter for the community & supported the effort to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through Manna Food Center at the 2nd annual Cake, Battle, & Network

Richard Branson said, “doing good is good for business”. This concept rings true at the GGCC, as we are committed to working together with our businesses and community leaders to strengthen the local economy, increase opportunities for our residents, & do more good. We look for opportunities for our Chamber Members & leaders to feel like good corporate citizens.

Nearly twenty contestants preheated their oven, fired up their competitive spirit, and gave their time & talent by entering the “Great Chamber Bake Off & Networking event”. The baked goods were judged Montgomery County Councilman Sidney Katz, JK Moving’s general manager Tom Grass, and Executive Chef/Owner/Operator at Duck Duck Goose Bethesda, Duck Duck Goose Baltimore, & George’s Chophouse Ashish Alfred. Alfred cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, participated in many cooking demos & insights on local TV, and battled it out as a contender on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped.

The contestant’s bakers “dozens” of muffins or cupcakes were portioned for judging & sampling, then the remainder were packaged for delivery to the Upcounty’s local fire and police personnel. The goodies were delivered by Chamber staff & board members to local fire & police stations – Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Station 8 & Station 332, Germantown Volunteer Fire Department, Gaithersburg Police Department, and the Montgomery County Police, 5th District & 6th District.

For those not participating in the bake-off, they helped by donating canned goods for Manna Food Center’s warehouse & supported the effort to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County.

The winners of the bake-off were: Sabrina McGowan, BlackRock Center for the Arts; Jennifer Lolli-Hall, SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown; & Kristi Stossel Bick, Resource Title, LLC; they placed third, second, & first respectively.

“I chose my item because even though it wasn’t as pretty as some of the cupcakes and muffins- this recipe is always a favorite at parties”, said Bick. “I feel lucky that I was able to give back to the community. Our first responders are so brave and selfless, and if I was able to sweeten their day- even a little bit- then that makes my day!

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