The owner of a West Cobb cupcake shop defeated three other masters of the sweet treats to win the episode of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars that aired Sunday.
Being a contestant on the show “was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Patricia Katopes, the owner of of Patty Cakes Cupcakes on Due West Road, told the Marietta Daily Journal. “It was very intense. It was a surreal experience.”
Katopes, who earned the title of Miss Atlanta in 1989, held a viewing party for the show Sunday featuring 700 of her cupcakes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
On each episode, four bakers from across the U.S. compete in three rounds of challenges, with one contestant eliminated each round by judges Candace Nelson, owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Florian Bellanger, co-owner of the online macaroon company MadMac, and a guest judge.
The guest judge in Sunday’s episode was actress Minnie Driver.
As the winner, Katopes, a Kennesaw resident, received $10,000 and will be given the chance to serve her cupcakes at a celebrity gala honoring the animal conservation group WildAid.
Also this year, Mamie Doyle, owner of Miss Mamie’s on the Marietta Square, .
The episode featuring Katopes will be rebroadcast on the Food Network at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Partnered with the Great Harvest Bread Company, Patty Cakes was started by Katopes in May 2010 as she embarked on raising her children as a single mother, the shop’s website says.
“I followed the philosophy of doing what you’re good at and enjoying it," she told the MDJ, "and things will fall into place for you."