By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 11, 2022 at 8:56 AM

Last year, when “Buddy vs. Duff” premiered on the Food Network, one of the judges was Milwaukee’s own cake boss Kimberly Hall, a seven-time Food Network baking contender and owner of Signature Sweets.

This week, we’re sitting down with Hall to chat about her background and the baking journey that graced her with multiple appearances on Food Network shows, as well as the big win that helped to launch her bakery business. During our conversation, she shares personal stories, highlights from her career and advice for anyone who wants to take their passion for food to the next level.


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.