First State School students and faculty welcomed guest speaker Dana Herbert, noted baker and confectioner, to their Wilmington Hospital classroom for a motivating discussion about working hard to fulfill their dreams.
Herbert, owner of Desserts by Dana, who lives in Bear, Del., gained some fame by winning the “Next Great Baker” contest on “Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker,” a hit show on Discovery.com’s TLC channel hosted by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro.
Herbert also has been featured on WEtv for “Wedding Cake Wars,” TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off,” and many local television magazine programs. He has designed unique cakes for Jill Biden, Ph.D., former Philadelphia Eagles player Asante Samuel, former Eagles’ coach Dick Vermeil, Philadelphia Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins, Jazz musician Najee and many others.
Herbert graduated from the University of Delaware’s College of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and earned a bachelor’s degree culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University, with a minor in pastry. He is a long-time member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, serving as the chapter president and the national chairperson for the organization.