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Best Baker in America

Best Baker in America

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  • Premiered: 
    September 27, 2017
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

A grouop of America's most elite bakers compete in BEST BAKER IN AMERICA, a competition reality series. In this series, the bakers must showcase their baking skills and creativity, as they are tasked with challenges that not only test their technical proficiency, but also their ability to execute under pressure, while under the watchful eyes of the judges: FOOD NETWORK STAR winner Jason Smith and Food Network's Marcela Valladolid. In each one-hour episode, the competitors compete in two rounds, including a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests their prowess in working with specific flavors and ingredients to create the most authentic and delicious versions of classic baked delights. In the end, the judges help determine which baker moves one step closer to winning $25,000 and earning the title of Best Baker in America! The bakers competing for the title of Best Baker in America in Season 1 are: Brittani Brooker (Charlotte, NC - Executive Pastry Chef); Andy Chlebana (Plainfield, IL - Pastry Chef & Culinary Professor); Dwayne Ingraham (Oxford, MS - Professional Chef); Margarita Kallas-Lee (Los Angeles, CA - Pastry Chef); Adalberto Diaz Labrada (Salt Lake City, UT - Executive Pastry Chef); Susan Mijeres (San Antonio, TX - Pastry Chef); Thiago Silva (Boston, MA - Culinary Director); Cheryl Storms (San Diego, CA - Pastry Chef Consultant).

Season 2 of BEST BAKER IN AMERICA premiered on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with nine world-class bakers competing for bragging rights and a cash prize. Scott Conant hosts the competition as bakers from across the country are put to the test in each episode to create elegant and delicious versions of classic baked goods, including a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests the baker's prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients. Returning judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid are joined by rotating guest judges, including baking digital influencers Yolanda Gampp, Joshua John Russell and Gemma Stafford, and prominent cake and pastry experts Florian Bellanger, Shinmin Li, Sherry Yard and Zac Young, to determine which bakers possess the artistry and creativity needed to advance through seven episodes, with one baker earning the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Best Baker in America! Bakers for Season 2 include: Becca Craig (Philadelphia, PA - Executive Cake Chef); Kym DeLost (Chicago, IL - Pastry Chef)); Jeremy Fogg (New Orleans, LA - Pastry Chef); Frania Mendivil (Los Angeles, CA - Executive Pastry Chef); Leigh Omilinsky (Chicago, IL - Pastry Chef); Lasheeda Perry (Atlanta, GA - Executive Pastry Chef); Max Santiago (Miami, FL - Executive Pastry Chef); Jean-Francois Suteau (White Sulphur Springs, WV - Executive Pastry Chef); Adam Young (Mystic, CT - Bakery Owner and Head Pastry Chef). In the season opener, "Cake, Glorious Cake," Scott tasks the bakers with baking perfect Petit Fours in the first Skills Challenge. In the Master Challenge, the bakers must create a mind-bending cake for fifty people using vanilla as the featured flavor. After deliberating with judges Marcela Valladolid, Jason Smith and guest judge Gemma Stafford, one baker is eliminated.

The third season of BEST BAKER IN AMERICA premiered on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with Scott Conant returning to host. Nine professional bakers battle it out over seven episodes with challenges designed to put their baking skills and technical proficiency to the test for a chance to walk away with $25,000 and the coveted title. During each episode the bakers must create elegant and delicious baked goods through two rounds - a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests the bakers' prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients. Returning judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid are joined by special guest pastry experts each episode, including Florian Bellanger, Elizabeth Chambers, Valerie Gordon, Shinmin Li, Nancy Silverton, Sherry Yard and Zac Young, to determine which baker possesses the artistry and creativity needed to earn the grand prize and be crowned Best Baker in America! Bakers for Season 3 include: Casey Renee (Pastry Chef at Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA); Edet Okon (Freelance Cake Artist and Owner of Edet Okon; Houston, TX); Eric Keppler (Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotel - Silicon Valley; Palo Alto, CA); Jeffrey De Leon (Pastry Chef Consulta; Los Angeles, CA); Joshua Livsey (Executive Pastry Chef at Harvest Restaurant; Cambridge, MA); Julie Franceschini (Executive Pastry Chef at Cafe Boulud West Palm Beach; West Palm Beach, FL); Marian Mulero (Pastry Chef at Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove; Miami, FL); Michael Russ II (Executive Pastry Chef at The Wolf; Oakland, CA); and Yolanda Diaz (Executive Pastry Chef at Geraldine's at Hotel Van Zandt; Austin, TX)
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On Monday, June 24, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the Season 3 finale of BEST BAKER IN AMERICA, immediately following a six-hour marathon (3-9pm) of encore episodes. In the season finale, "All-American Birthday Bash: Chocolate-Flavored," tThe pressure mounts in the chocolate-themed finale as host Scott Conant challenges the three remaining bakers -- Eric Keppler, Jason Livsey, and Jeffrey De Leon -- to create grown-up versions of a brownie sundae. Then the Master Challenge is to make a Happy Birthday USA chocolate fireworks cake to celebrate July 4th! The elaborately decorated cake for 100 people must feature fireworks-themed chocolate and sugar decorations, three types of chocolate and two types of macarons with salty snacks as the featured ingredient. Bakery owner Elizabeth Chambers joins judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid to choose the winner of the title Best Baker in America.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment