With millions of jobs lost across the country, some things that we take for granted (like a birthday cake from a bakery) are the first to be cut when money is tight and bills are due. One of TV’s favorite bakers, Chris Tucker – Betta with Butta (ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show”) has just launched a new promotion titled “The Cake Initiative” and is giving impacted families the chance to win a free cake each week.
People will be able to nominate local families in need who have a child celebrating a birthday. Chris will choose one family each week to receive a free 6 inch cake with their choice of chocolate, vanilla or funfetti.
Launched in Los Angeles, Chris has just added Vegas-based bakers SHOWBOY BakeShop to help Vegas families as the initiative continues to expand.
A Southern baker at heart, with a French twist, and a true believer that a little bit of butter makes everything better, Chris grew up baking with his grandmother. Some of his fondest memories growing up were spending time in the kitchen with her, creating, and of course, tasting delicious recipes. Baking had a beautiful way of spreading joy around the table during the holidays, and when she passed away his family looked to him to continue the tradition.
Always a hobby growing up and into adulthood, Chris worked as a hair stylist for nearly a decade before he reclaimed his passion and love for baking, and soon found himself starring on ABC’s most popular cooking show “The Great American Baking Show.”
With his sights set on a future of owning and running his business on a larger scale, and aspirations to be the Ottoleghi, Candace Nelson, and Clair Ptak of the pastry world, there’s nothing stopping this self-taught baker from bringing some joy into everyone’s kitchens, either with his pre-made items, or baking kits.
Chris’ masterful menu is available to ship nationwide, and after the “safer at home” order was put into place, Chris quickly launched a “Quarantine Drop Off Menu” for Los Angeles residents, earning some celebrity fans, offering delicious baked goods, and a smile – from 6 feet away, straight to doors around the city – and now nationally via his online order form. The menu includes favorites both full “Butta” and Vegan/GF options as well for dietary restrictions. A portion of proceeds are being donated to COVID relief efforts. Baking kits are available for his mouth-watering Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake (GF) and his Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies (V/GF) so anyone can enjoy at home.
When he’s not working out of his recently acquired commercial kitchen space baking for the masses, Chris spends time continuing to hone in on his craft through reading and creating new recipes at home with his husband.