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Local chef has 'sweet success'

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Sugar artist Bob Lombardi. Sugar artist Bob Lombardi.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Bob Lombardi is a local culinary artist who was recently featured on the Food Network show, "Halloween Wars."

Although his team did not win, they made it until the final episode, which is certainly reason enough to be proud.

Each team on the show consisted of a master pumpkin carver, a cake artist, and a chocolate and sugar artist, and that's where Bob's expertise came in.

"If you've been following this season, you've seen a lot of breakage, carnage, and pressure," said Bob.

On the show, Bob brought the heat every week. He molded thousands of pounds of sugar and chocolate to make incredible and spooky pieces for each week's competition.

"I like the challenge, team building and working under pressure," he said. "I always learn something about myself, and then when you step back, you're always going to learn something about someone else."

Bob also said his run on the show built credibility in his classroom.

Because when he is not making creepy zombie hair on national TV, he is teaching future Spokane sugar chefs at Spokane Community College's Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.

"My inspiration does come from working with students, i've always enjoyed it," said Bob. "I've always enjoyed giving what i know forward, it's amazing."

Wondering what makes a creative and cut-throat culinary artist?

"A good artist has a good depth perception and a good feel for color," said Bob.

And, Bob also said finding that perfect mix of both science and art helps create some sweet and spooky success.

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