Miami New Times // The Salty Donut Wins Cooking Channel’s Sugar Showdown

Chef Max Santiago from The Salty Donut Wins Cooking Channel’s Sugar Showdown

It’s been nearly a year since the Salty Donut captured the hearts and bellies of Miamians. Now the shop is attracting more than just the Magic City’s denizens.

Last Wednesday, September 14, the craft doughnut shop took home first place on Cooking Channel’s Sugar Showdown. This weekend, the Salty Donut’s winning creation will be available at both its Wynwood and Miami Beach pop-ups.

Executive pastry chef Max Santiago, along with cofounder Andy Rodriguez, represented the Salty Donut on the show, where three bakers from across the country battled for the title of best doughnut on national television. The two other competing doughnut makers were Joe’s Doughs in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nibble Inc. in Troy, New York.

Santiago and Rodriguez created three doughnuts during the 30-minute episode, including a cannoli-inspired variety, which is what Miamians will be able to taste beginning Friday.

“It just tastes so freaking good,” he says. “I love the shape of it too.”

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