The Albuquerque native took a chance when opening the Northeast Heights bakery Bizzy B Cakes in 2016.
Recently, she became a mother – a test like no other.
Her latest journey comes as a contestant on the Netflix baking competition show “Sugar Rush.”
The show airs on the streaming platform beginning Friday and is featured on the second episode.
“The show called us, and I thought it was a scam at first,” she said. “They asked if I would be part of the show. I wouldn’t say no to that.”
“Sugar Rush” pits four teams of bakers to showcase their kitchen skills in each episode, all in hopes of leaving with the $10,000 grand prize.
The second season returns with six new episodes.
It is hosted by Hunter March, with world-class pastry chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo judging the competition bakers. Guest judges include Paris Berelc, Jackie Sorkin, Carla Hall, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, Jacques Torres and Irene Choi, as the time-constrained baking teams incorporate themes such as science, trending, family and love into their baking creations.
The most difficult part of being on the show is waiting, Church said.
After being contacted by the show, Church did a couple of Skype interviews and then one with the producer.
Before heading to Los Angeles to film the show, she was notified that she was going to be featured.
“I’d watched the show before and knew what it was all about,” she says. “I never imagined all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I have more respect for everybody on that show.”
Church and her assistant were in Los Angeles for three days filming the episode.
Once the cameras started rolling, it was time to bake.
The first task was to make cupcakes.
The second was to create a pastry.
The third was to make a confection.
And the bakers were given three hours to complete all the tasks.
“It was tough,” she said. “Time goes so much faster when you’re trying to do stuff. It was challenging and exciting.”
Competing in the series, Church quickly noticed that she was from one of the smallest bakery shops.
“All these other teams come from bigger bakeries,” she said. “I have five employees.”
It wasn’t always clear to Church that she would become a baker, although baking has been part of her life since she was 12.
She was in nursing school for a while and discovered she didn’t love it.
“Before my mom passed away, I asked her what she missed the most,” Church said. “She said she missed baking. I grew up enjoying baking and even sold cakes while I was in high school. I grew my business out of my home and then took the risk opening up my shop.”
As the boss of her own bakery, Church is able to take her child to work.
Her business specializes in custom birthday cakes and wedding cakes, and business continues to grow.
“It’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be,” she said of the life-work balance. “It’s challenging at times, but it works. I would definitely do a show like this again, because it takes me out of my element and gives me a chance to learn.”