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Winona native Jeromie Terrell Jones served as an assistant on the second place team in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party on Monday night’s episode of Cake Wars on the Food Network.
Four master bakers and their assistants took on the Turtles — Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael — in order to take home a $10,000 prize. Greg Cipes and Mae Whitman, voices of Michelangelo and April O’Neil, served as guest judges to the panel.
Jones, known to many around the state of Mississippi as “Sippi Kake King” joined his partner, Porsha Kimble of Your Cake Diva, to take on this challenge and be part of the Cake Wars experience.
He is the Food Service Manager for Sodexo Food Services at Jackson State
University. Jones is a native of Winona and presently living in Jackson. He is the son of Sharon Jones-Francis and the grandson of the late G.W Powell and Lucille Powell.
He began baking about eight years ago when a friend purchased a cake decorating kit for him.
“I did it for friends and family and developed a passion for it,” Jones said, “and it later became a business.”
“Winona Baptist Church is elated to celebrate the debut of Jeromie Terrell Jones, a.k.a the ‘Kake King,’” said Vickie Baskin of Winona Baptist Church. “Jeromie has been an accomplished cake caterer for several years with a cake store in Pearl — baking cakes, brownies and all types of delightful delicacies. WBC is Jeromie’s home church and proud that he came to share his journey with his church family and hometown. We wish all the best for Jeromie in his future endeavors!”
When Jones received the call, he said he was “shocked!”
“My friend and partner got the (initial) call and asked me to be her partner and go along with her,” Jones said. “I was in shock! It was a huge opportunity.”
The two traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. to film Monday night’s show at the Cake Wars Studio.
Overall, Jones said the Cake Wars experience was “extremely tiring and very, very fast paced!”
“This was definitely an opportunity of a lifetime and being able to represent my state was awesome,” Jones said.
This story was featured in the January 5, 2017 edition of The Winona Times.