Success stories



The story of Faith Baked Cakes is one of triumph over adversity. What began as a friend’s dream has turned into a thriving cake decoration business for owner Shona House. House says God has been preparing her for this business her whole life. Her cake journey began at age 8 with a cake baked in an Easy Bake Oven and designed especially for her grandmother. She is now the owner and confectionery artist of Faith Baked Cakes, creating custom-made cakes and elaborate wedding cakes. When House wanted to expand her cake business to catering, she decided to enroll in the UT Culinary & Catering Program, graduating in the fall of 2013. House also teaches a summer Kids U “Crazy Confections” course introducing kids to the skills needed for creating beautiful, fun cakes! Shona can also be seen on WBIR with several of her cakes and confections.




Brandon Wilson’s first job was washing dishes at the International House of Pancakes when he was 15 years old. After working his way through high school and college in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, he graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism.

He maintained a successful career as a journalist for nearly 10 years but had dreams of returning to the kitchen and opening his own restaurant; therefore, he decided to go back to school at the University of Tennessee’s Culinary Program to improve his cooking skills. Upon graduation, he cooked at downtown Knoxville’s Windows on the Park while planning the construction of a fully equipped, upscale food trailer.

Wilson, now chef-owner of Gonzo Gourmet, is currently circling Knoxville and beyond as a streetside food vendor and professional caterer.