Now before you go on and start cooking off with the pros, you need to go ahead and spend some quality time to get yourself on track and practice as much as you can. This can be done with you baking off as many times as you can at home in private. Or with you trying to practice your skills by baking off of a cook book. You can also consider watching cooking shows and see how the pros cook, so that you get an idea of just what you might be up against when you do decide to cook professionally.
Now the key is to practice as many times as you can, so that everything becomes easy for you, and so that you don't have any issues when you are cooking in a contest or a competition later on.
Now after you have practiced as much as you think is required, the next step is for you to figure out just what type of gingerbread cooking contests there are. There could be a wide variety of contests that take place, which is why you need to come to terms with just what you are up against before you enter any show. They key is to figure out what you are good at, and then enter the gingerbread contest that tests people in that specific area.
Now after you have done all of the above, all you need to do is to look for any contests that are taking place locally, and then go on and enter yourself into these contests and competitions.