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Kids Baking Championship

Kids Baking Championship

Photo Credit:  Food Network
  • Premiered: 
    February 2, 2015
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    2nd series in BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP franchise, following Holiday Baking Championship 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli mentor a group of kid contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13), who are tested on their baking skills and originality as they survive elimination while vying for the grand prize: $25,000 in Seasons 2 & 3 and a Season 1 prize package that includes a complete set of Food Network bakeware products, a profile in "Food Network" magazine, an original cake featured at Charm City Cakes and $10,000 cash. Throughout the competition, these talented kid bakers whip up delectable desserts, including creative cakes, mouthwatering cookies and pastries -- making it seem as easy as pie. Each one-hour episode of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP features a single challenge, ending with one or two contestants being sent home. In Season 1 the four remaining bakers compete in the finals, where the kids are tasked with a massive challenge: create a celebration cake for the moment they win, along with baked party gifts that complement their cake in flavor and design. The eight Season 1 contestants include: Caroline Binkley (Delaware, OH; age 13), Annika Coffman (Boise, ID; age 12), Jackson Fujimori (Torrance, CA; age 11), Hollis Jackson (Jacksonville, FL; age 13), Payton Pelaez (San Francisco, CA; age 10), Anthony Smith (Rochester, NY; age 11), Cody Vasquez (Gilbert, AZ; age 12), and Natalie Venable (Thousand Oaks, CA; age 11). Season 2 of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. The second season opens with ten kid bakers creating the perfect pie with just the right balance of crust and filling, but Valerie and Duff reveal midway through the challenge that the kids must also make a flavored ice cream from scratch. In subsequent episodes, the kids try to avoid elimination while creating a dozen tasty and artfully decorated eclairs, decadent, delicious, chocolate desserts from scratch, three-dozen macarons in at least two different colors for a beautiful macaron display, a dessert that utilizes three randomly assigned popular lunchbox items, a dessert using at least three different kinds of candy from a huge candy display, a dessert item masquerading as a savory dish, and a spring break-themed cake challenge. In the finale, the three remaining bakers battle it out for the title of Kids Baking Champion. The ten Season 2 contestants include: Alex Alcorta (Austin, TX: age 10), Rebecca Beale (Graham, TX: age 13), Peggy Fischer (St. Johnsbury, VT; age 10), Jane Haviland (Ann Arbor, MI; age 11), Colby Lacasse (Blue Hill, ME; age 11), Matthew Merril (Great Falls, VA; age 11), Alex Portis (Monroeville, PA; age 12), Yahshimabet Sellassie-Hall (Oakland, CA; age 12), Emma Wensing (Austin, TX; age 11), Ryan Wilson (Danville, CA; age 11). Food Network premiered the the third season of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT, immediately following a four-hour marathon (4-8pm) of encore episodes. During the ten-week competition, the kid contestants (ranging in age from 9 to 12) must show off their baking skills and creativity as they whip up delectable desserts despite difficult, themed challenges such as carnival cupcakes, erupting volcano cakes, throwback treats, and the always popular challenge, dessert imposters. Only one will rise to the top to win the sweet grand prize of $25,000 to become the champion. In the season opener, "Life Is a Carnival," the carnival is in town for the Kids Baking Championship kick off! It's a thrill ride when Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman ask the 12 best kid bakers in the country to create carnival-themed cupcakes and incorporate carnival treats like kettle corn, frozen bananas and cotton candy. The 12 Season 3 contestants include: Aidan Berry (Shalimar, FL: age 12), Kaniyah Cary (Portsmouth, VA: age 10), Brooke Cumberland (Greenwich, CT: age 9), Charlotte d'Arabian (Coronado, CA: Age 10), Justice Faustina (Napa, CA: age 12), Cole Frederickson (Thousand Oaks, CA: age 12), Keili Gorczyca (San Francisco, CA: age 10), Jason Intravartolo (Seattle, WA: age 11), Maya Jindal (Great Falls, VA: age 9), Dylin Musgrove (Grovetown, GA: age 12), Reese Smith (Bloomfield Hills, MI: age 10), and Audra Tow (Aurora, CO: age 10). Season 4 of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the skills of a dozen young bakers. Over the course of ten episodes, the contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) compete in decadent dessert challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative kid baker in the country. To make it to the top tier of the competition, their baking skills and originality must measure up, as they whip up sweet treats such as cookies, ice cream, and doughnuts. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion! Throughout the ten-episode season, the kid contestants must tackle new confectionary challenges, from sweet dessert pizzas using traditional savory pizza toppings, to out-of-this-world desserts with freeze-dried astronaut approved ingredients, and to a new twist on the popular imposter dessert challenge featuring lunchbox favorites. On the premiere, the bakers must conquer cookie cakes, but when Duff and Valerie throw them a crazy curveball -- by asking them to make layered, tiered, stacked and beautifully decorated cookie cakes -- one competitor melts under the pressure. Season 4 contestants include: Gareth Bennett (Gaithersburg, MD; age 10), Julia Betz (Key Biscayne, FL; age 12), Alex Czajka (Edmonton, AB; age 12), Beverly Hepler (Foster City, CA; age 10), Grady Holloway (Chesterfield, MO; age 11), Luke Jonsson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; age 13), Linsey Lam (Closter, NJ; age 13), Abby Martin (Franklin, WI; age 13), Bryn Montgomery (South Hill, VA; age 11), Aditya Pillutla (Cary, NC; age 12), Michael Platt (Bowie, MD; age 11) and Soleil Thomas (Livingston, NJ; age 12). Season 5 of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return to challenge the skills of the bakers, ranging in age from 10 to 13, in difficult dessert trials. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion! Throughout the seven-week season, the kid contestants show off their skills and creativity as they whisk through new confectionary challenges, from gravity-defying cakes, to outrageous ice cream sandwiches using any sweet treat except cookies. The classic imposter dessert challenge returns as well with a new surprising Italian twist, and the bakers will also have to tackle other delectable desserts including creative cakes, bite-sized sweets and scrumptious snacks. Season 5 contestants include: Zach Atlas (New York, NY; age 13), Matthew Azuma (Glendora, CA; age 12), Mekdes Bass (Boulder, CO; age 10), Enzo Consani (Orlando, FL; age 10), Saylor Herrin (Ailey, GA; age 11), Taylor Inouye (Kailua, HI; age 12), Natasha Jiwani (Bellevue, WA; age 13), Issi Neufeld (Coppell, TX; age 11), and Davey Treen (Akron, OH; age 10). Season 6 of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, immediately following a seven-hour marathon (2-9pm) of encore episodes from the previous season. This season, a dozen new talented young bakers, ranging in age from 9 to 13, are tested in difficult dessert challenges. From sugar cookies to mini cheesecakes, and from macarons to brownies and blondies, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman mentor the bakers through the tasty tasks to see who measures up in the competition. Only one takes the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion! Season 6 showcases exciting new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, lots of irresistible sweets, and tons of flavor and fun. Throughout the ten episodes the competitors show off their skills and creativity as they whip up impressive confections, from freaky flavor tarts using ingredients like jalapeno, goat cheese yuzu and anise, to dramatically erupting monkey bread volcanoes. Competitors include: Jenna Alnatur (Clifton, NJ; age 9), Gavin Crawford (Pearland, TX; age 11), Paige Goehner (Blaine, MN; age 11), Misha Jones (Annapolis, MD; age 12), Brooklyn Kyzar (Silverhill, AL; age 12), Kasey Moeggenborg (Rockford, MI; age 13), Jaxon Remillard (Mansfield, TX; age 11), Meadow Roberts (Minneapolis, MN; age 10), Nyah Rosado (New Rochelle, NY; age 11), Davis Sams (Vancouver, BC; age 13), Madison Totaro (Austin, TX: age 11), and Karthik Vemparala (Somerset, NJ; age 11).
On Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the Season 6 finale of KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, immediately following a nine-hour marathon (Noon-9pm) of all previous episodes of the sixth season. In the season ender, "Desserts Doing Good," Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are hosting the ultimate bake sale for the finale. They challenge the remaining three young bakers -- Paige Goehner, Meadow Roberts & Davis Sams -- to create cakes using bake sale items like toffee, rice cereal treats or chocolate-covered pretzels, but the cakes also have to illustrate a common bake sale theme like Drama Club, Dance Club or Chess Club. Only one baker will win $25,000, a spot in Food Network magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment