Celebrity chef and former Great Australian Bake Off judge Kerry Vincent has died aged 75 of an undisclosed illness, it’s been confirmed.
A nonprofit organisation she co-founded shared the tragic news in a post on Facebook, writing that Kerry “did not want to put her illness out there to the public”.
“It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this evening,” the statement on the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show's Facebook page read.
“Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public.
“Unfortunately her fight has come to an end but she will no longer have any pain. She will be sorely missed by all who she has touched through the Sugar Arts as will as personally.”
Originally from Western Australia, Kerry hosted the series Save My Bakery and had been a judge on Food Network Challenge and The Great Australian Bake Off.
She was also inducted into the International Cake Exploration Societé Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame six years later.
Fans and fellow cooking personalities were quick to take to social media to share tributes for Kerry, who was known for inventing ‘unique techniques in sugar-craft’.
“RIP Kerry Vincent. Original queen of cake thank you for sharing your wit and artistry,” fellow Food Network star Zac Young wrote.
Australian celebrity chef Dan Lepard also tweeted his thoughts.
“Very sad to learn that Kerry Vincent has died. Judge on the first series of Bake Off AU and founder of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. Kerry's vigour & fierce determination was an inspiration for so many,” he wrote.
“Kerry Vincent has passed. A West Aussie who made it on US TV,” Channel Nine’s Carmen Braidwood wrote. “I got to know her bc we were related by marriage, and I admired her keen programming sense and ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach to all she did. She was stern AF, and a joy to watch! #rip #kerryvincent #gabo #savemybakery”
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