Emily Hobbs

Emily Hobbs is a twenty-four year old native of the Springfield-Branson area and has been cooking and baking her entire life. Emily is the creator of Sugar Plum, an award-winning baking website, where she creates and posts original recipes.

Florida winter strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit. I buy Florida strawberries weekly during the winter and use them in oatmeal, salads and desserts. They’re also a great on-the-go snack. It’s nice to have fresh fruit during the winter that’s not terribly expensive.

Emily was chosen as a finalist and competed in Food Network‘s Ultimate Recipe Showdown(twice). Her recipes have won multiple cash prizes and have been featured in Cooking Lightand Taste of the South magazine. She has also won trips around the globe for various cooking competitions, including the Quaker Oats Top Chef Quickfire Challenge, theManischewitz Kosher Cook-Off and the NBWA‘s Cooking with Beer Challenge. Recently she won the $5,000 grand prize in Regal Spring’s Tilapia recipe contest.

Emily aspires to attend culinary school in New York City and to work in the test kitties of a food magazine or company, with recipe testing and food styling. Writing a cookbook is also a goal for the future.