Eight of America's most elite bakers compete in the all-new competition show Best Baker in America, premiering Wednesday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network.
Through six episodes, bakers from around the country 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.
Each episode the competitors must compete in two difficult 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 are: Brittani Brooker (Charlotte, N.C. - Executive Pastry Chef); Andy Chlebana (Plainfield, Ill. - Pastry Chef & Culinary Professor); Dwayne Ingraham (Oxford, Miss. - Professional Chef); Margarita Kallas-Lee (Los Angeles, Calif. - Pastry Chef); Adalberto Diaz Labrada (Salt Lake City, Utah - Executive Pastry Chef); Susan Mijeres (San Antonio, Texas - Pastry Chef); Thiago Silva (Boston, Mass. - Culinary Director); Cheryl Storms (San Diego, Calif. - Pastry Chef Consultant).
In the premiere episode, the bakers begin the first in a series of Skills and Master Challenges designed to spotlight their style and ingenuity, while putting their baking brilliance to the test. In the first Skills Challenge the bakers are tasked with baking flawless mini-upside down cakes, and in the Master Challenge, the bakers must create a double barrel or a three-tiered wedding cake for 50 people, using lemon as the featured flavor. Judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid join new Food Network host Adam Rapoport to determine which baker is the first eliminated.
Meet the competitors and get highlights from each episode at FoodNetwork.com/BestBakerinAmerica.
#LordHoney! Butter my butt and call me a biscuit! I'm so excited that Jason Smith, the #CountryBlingChef, is going to be a judge on this show. He's a real hoot and should be a great twosome with Marcela Valladolid.
Jason is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Give him a follow. He's so friendly, funny, and nice, and freely shares his fabulous recipes with his followers.
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