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Make that two baking show wins now for Spokane chef Ricky Webster, who last night was named champion of Hallmark Drama’s new holiday series Christmas Cookie Matchup.
The five-episode series culminated with the professional and life-long baker, along with his Hallmark star partner from the network’s hit drama When Calls the Heart, Pascale Hutton, being named winners. Webster, who currently works for Sysco Spokane as a consulting chef, went home with a $25,000 grand prize.
Christmas Cookie Matchup is the third televised baking show Webster has competed on in the past year, and the second he’s won. Last year he appeared on two different Food Network holiday baking shows, Holiday Gingerbread Showdown and Christmas Cookie Challenge, the latter of which he won, with a $10,000 prize.
Webster celebrated his accomplishment on Hallmark’s Christmas Cookie Matchup with family, friends and supporters during a season finale watch party Wednesday night at Embers by the Lake in Hauser.
“I got to spend last night with my loved ones to ring in the news. I had family come in from all over Northern California and spent the evening eating and drinking great food out at Embers pizza with about 40 of my nearest and dearest,” Webster tells the Inlander.
“The energy in the room was so awesome. Of course I knew the outcome, but getting to experience it with everyone made it a brand new experience. The support from the city is amazingly overwhelming and humbling and I can’t wait to keep supporting Spokane and Washington,” he continues.
Head to Hallmark Drama to see a video clip announcing the winning team of Webster and Hutton.
If you missed any episodes of Christmas Cookie Matchup, check local listings, as the show is re-airing through the season. Also find recipes for contestants’ creations on the show, including many of Webster’s winning treats, on Hallmark Drama’s site.
Congrats, chef Ricky!