Fredericton’s own Chess Piece Pâtisserie and Cafe will soon be featured on a new show from Food Network Canada called The Baker Sisters.
Filming took place over two days during which the shop was closed down and Chess Piece staff were hard at work getting everything picture perfect.
Owner and executive pastry chef Patti Hollenberg says the experience was an overwhelming one for her and her staff.
“It was definitely the most intense experience that I’ve ever [had],” she said. “We had to prep so much food… It was two really long days and it was coupled with trying to prepare everything.”
Hollenberg says Chess Piece is the only New Brunswick location chosen out of the five East Coast spots to be featured on the show so far.
She hopes that being featured the show that’s already been tasting baked treats across North America in locations like Los Angeles, Georgia, Phoenix, Saskatoon and Toronto during production will bode well for the shop.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m so proud of what the team did because even though I’m on the show, it’s not just me. There’s a whole team of amazing people that work here that ultimately got us recognized… I’m really proud of the staff,” she says.
“If you had told me three years ago when we opened up the show that we’d be on the Food Network, I wouldn’t have believed it… It’s super cool.”
The Baker Sisters will aim to celebrate the best baked treats North America has to offer as bakers and sisters Rachel Smith and Jean Parker road trip to find out how the treats are made. In each 30-minute episode, co-hosts will visit three locations to sample the treats the bakery, restaurant or deli is famous for.
The show will premiere in September on Food Network Canada. The episode featuring Chess Piece is yet to be scheduled.