Julia Perugini, who has been making a name for herself with her 2-year-old Cookies by Julia business, is about to become a TV star.
The former Ahwatukee resident, who now lives in Maricopa, will be competing with other bakers for $10,000 in the Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge.
She will appear in the episode slated for 8 p.m. Monday Dec. 11 on the Food Network.
“They found pictures of my work on Instagram,” Perugini said in explaining how she landed a spot on the seven-episode show.
The shows were taped in advance and contestants are not permitted by contract to discuss the outcome.
The Food Network says the show features “a few of the best bakers in the country.”
Each round focuses on a different theme, such as Christmas past and future, 3D art and ornaments. The cookies are judged for their taste and creativity.
The Food Network decided on a cookie competition because “holiday cookies are more than mere sweets: they are gifts, mementos of childhood, and most certainly made with pride.
In the challenge, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, five bakers are competing and will be judged by Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard.