Jennifer Gryckiewicz, left, and Rebecca Zimmermann, both of Sugar Coated Bakery in Dracut, will be featured on the new Netflix show, "Sugar
Jennifer Gryckiewicz, left, and Rebecca Zimmermann, both of Sugar Coated Bakery in Dracut, will be featured on the new Netflix show, "Sugar Rush," in which bakers race against the clock to create the best treats. SUN/Amaris Castillo

DRACUT -- The warm air inside Sugar Coated Bakery last Thursday smelled of cupcakes and sweet icing as owner Jennifer Gryckiewicz pulled out several freshly baked cakes from an oven.

At a nearby table stood two of her employees -- bakery manager Rebecca Zimmermann and cake decorator Lizzie Anthony. With a cake spatula, Zimmermann evenly frosted a chocolate cake with hazelnut buttercream icing, and Anthony gingerly worked on fondant pieces for upcoming cake orders.

It was prep time at the Dracut bakery known for its specialty cakes and cupcakes, and the three women went over ingredients and threw out ideas for future baked creations.

They worked at their own pace, a stark difference from the fast-moving competition Gryckiewicz and Zimmermann will soon appear in on Netflix.

 Zimmermann ices a cake Thursday at the bakery in Dracut. SUN/Amaris Castillo
Zimmermann ices a cake Thursday at the bakery in Dracut. SUN/Amaris Castillo
The two bakers received word last fall that they were selected to appear on the streaming giant's new show titled "Sugar Rush."

According to the show's synopsis, "Sugar Rush" is a competition that challenges bakers to create sweet treats that look beautiful and taste amazing -- all against the clock. Hosted by Hunter March, "Sugar Rush" launches globally on July 13 and has eight episodes, with 64 contestants total. The competition is judged by two world class pastry chefs, Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo.

Gryckiewicz, 34, recalled being asked if she and Zimmermann could fly to the filming location within a few days.

"My first reaction was honestly panic, because I was supposed to leave for vacation the next day," Gryckiewicz said with a laugh as she recalled receiving the call from Netflix.


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"And so I had to call my husband and be like 'Hey, just kidding. We can't really go on vacation anymore.' I was shocked."

Though Gryckiewicz and Zimmermann have to remain tight-lipped about specific details of the competition, Zimmermann did describe it as high-speed.

"Everyone was just going everywhere, doing everything," Zimmermann, 25, said. "It was a lot of fun. It was something I would definitely do again. Meeting all the people, meeting the judges -- everyone was super nice."

Gryckiewicz is no stranger to competition, having entered numerous local and New England-wide contests throughout her career. With time, though, the Lowell resident admitted feeling an itch for more.

"I want bigger. I want more of a challenge," Gryckiewicz recalled. "I want the next step."

She and Zimmermann appear on the show's fourth episode, according to a Netflix spokesperson.

Sugar Coated Bakery has been in Dracut for about a decade and, though she lives in Lowell, Gryckiewicz said Dracut is home.

While she and Zimmermann were away filming in the competition, Lizzie Anthony held down the bakery fort.

"I'm super excited to finally see (the show)," Anthony, 24, said. "I haven't been able to crack the nut between either of them... about what happened on the show."

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