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Spring Baking Championship

Spring Baking Championship

  • Premiered: 
    April 26, 2015
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    3rd series in BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP franchise, following Kids Baking Championship 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Ali Khan (Seasons 4 & 7), Clinton Kelly (Seasons 5 & 6), Jesse Palmer (Season 3) and Bobby Deen (Seasons 1 & 2), SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP features eight bakers -- a mix of professional, amateur and self-taught chefs -- who have come from across America to compete for the $50,000 grand prize by creating springtime treats that impress judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. From making Mother's Day brunches to serving up Memorial Day family picnics, the competitors must prove their baking abilities each step of the way. In each of the six episodes, the bakers are tested in a pre-heat round, in which one baker is granted a special advantage in the main heat. Along the way they must endure surprising twists in order to succeed.

The eight competitors in Season 1 are: Damiano Carrara (Moorpark, CA), originally from Lucca, Italy, who left for California with his brother to follow their dreams to open an Italian pasticceria; Andy Chlebana (Plainfield, IL), who was named the American Culinary Federation's National Pastry Chef of the Year (2008) and one of Dessert Professional's Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America (2013); Kristine de la Cruz (Los Angeles, CA), the owner of Creme Caramel LA, a Los Angeles-based dessert shop specializing in traditional recipes with a Filipino twist; Juliana Evans (Orlando, FL), a homemaker and stay-at-home mom, who loves teaching her four daughters how to bake, and enjoys sharing her treats with family and friends, which led to the opening of her own food truck, Graciously Sweet; Simone Faure (St. Louis, MO), founder of a St. Louis shop, who has been highlighted in American Way Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post; Sandy Hunter (Chicago, IL), who left her position as the catering pastry chef at The Art Institute of Chicago to run a kosher bakery and has been at Sweet Sensations Pastry for the past four years; Dwayne Ingraham (Oxford, MS), currently the corporate pastry chef for City Grocery Restaurant Group, who previously helped open the Encore's Switch Steak in Las Vegas before moving on to Michael Mina's Seablue at the MGM Grand; and Chris Taylor (Atlanta, GA), with a PhD in epidemiology, who's been a home baking enthusiast for more than 10 years, earning more than 200 awards from competing in baking contests at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Host Bobby Deen and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale all return for a second season of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, which premiered on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Throughout the season, the competitors must tackle new challenges featuring classic spring themes and ingredients, while enduring surprising twists along the way. From cookies to brownies, and cakes to pies, the bakers' creativity and abilities will be sifted and measured in each of the six hour-long episodes. After the first round one baker will be granted a special advantage, but will it be the boost needed to succeed, or will it help them reach baking bliss?

On March 12, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the seven-episode third season of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, showing back-to-back new episodes. The action unfolds as host Jesse Palmer welcomes a new batch of nine of the country's best bakers as they compete to create the most impressive springtime desserts to butter up the tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The bakers' skills and techniques must measure up in themed challenges celebrating spring, from Easter confections to derby desserts, and from morsels for mom to patriotic goodies. Only one baker will rise to the top to take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion. In each of the seven hour-long episodes, the bakers must whip through two rounds of challenges and sift through surprising twists along the way. It's no cakewalk, but the one baker with the tastiest treat in the pre-heat will earn a special advantage in the main-heat. In the season opener (9pm), "Easter Treats," nine of the best bakers in America embrace the spirit of the Spring Baking season by creating Easter egg desserts and bunny cakes. In the night's second new episode (10pm), "Sweet Vacations," for the eight remaining bakers, spring vacations inspire tropical desserts and destination doughnuts based on locations such as a poolside resort, a spring cruise and a Vegas getaway.

Season 4 of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Ali Khan hosts the new season that will test the skills of ten talented bakers to see who will measure up and impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The new season promises even more decadent dessert challenges and incredible baked creations as the bakers tackle trial after trial in their bid to bake the most delicious, eye-catching bites. As the competitors are challenged to prepare the ultimate in spring-themed treats, viewers can join the conversation on social media using #SpringBakingChampionship to cheer on their favorite baker they want to see take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion! In each of the eight episodes, bakers must prepare tasty treats in two rounds of challenges, with the round one winner granted a special advantage in the main-heat. Bakers are challenged on their creativity, execution, and ability to perform under pressure, all while crafting delicious, beautiful baked bites befitting spring such as cupcake flower arrangements, picnic-perfect mini pies, berry-infused desserts, mirror-glazed gazing balls, ombre cakes and more. In the season opener, "Spring Colorburst," the competition kicks off in the pre-heat, when the 10 bakers celebrate the bountiful fruits and bright colors of the season by making fruity, tie-dye mini cheesecakes. In the main heat, the theme -- and the competition -- intensifies when the bakers are asked to incorporate fresh herbs and produce color gradients in their naked ombre cakes.

The fifth season of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premieres on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, immediately following an eight-hour marathon (1-9pm) of encore episodes. Season 5 welcomes new host Clinton Kelly all three returning judges: Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale. This season, over eight one-hour episodes, host and lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly tests the resolve of 10 talented bakers to create extraordinary baked treats that must impress returning judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, to earn the coveted title of Spring Baking Champion and walk away with the $25,000 grand prize! But to rise to the top, the bakers must survive two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges in each episode that push their baking skills to the limit, with the judges determining which competitors go home and who will be victorious. The 10 competitors in Season 5 are: Tracey Marionneaux (Miami, FL); Jordan Kanouse (New Orleans, LA); Cory Barrett (Kalamazoo, MI); Karina Rivera (Miami, FL); Kevin Dillmon (Rome, GA); Jessica Colvin (Southlake, TX); Riccardo Menicucci (San Francisco, CA); Marqessa Gesualdi (Philadelphia, PA); Saber Rejbi (Chicago, IL); and Kendra Stephens (Washington, DC). In the season premiere, "Spring Has Sprung," the bakers are tasked to celebrate the beginning of spring by combining all things cute and delicious in a pre-heat challenge creating spring animal-themed donuts. In the main heat the bakers must get in touch with their inner artists as they design watercolor cakes featuring iconic spring fruits and vegetables, but only nine bakers continue in the competition. Other episodes include baking up blue ribbon-worthy rhubarb pies, crafting an "ooey gooey" marshmallow dessert in honor of Easter, and the first Spring Baking Championship Spelling Bee -- where the bakers must make colorful cream tart words that evoke all things spring. Don't miss all the fun and excitement to see which baker earns the sweetest title of Spring Baking Champion!

Food Network premieres the sixth season of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT, with Clinton Kelly returning as host and Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale all returning as judges. Through nine episodes, 11 talented bakers are tested to create extraordinary, jaw-dropping spring treats for a chance to be crowned Spring Baking Champion and win the $25,000 grand prize during the double-episode finale on Monday, April 27 from 9-11pm. The 11 bakers in Season 6 include: Val Criado (Val's Sweet Treats; San Antonio, TX); Sandra Danso-Boadi (Fruitilicious Cakes; Mississauga, ON); Sohrob Esmaili (San Francisco Proper Hotel; San Francisco, CA); Arin Hiebert (Fairmont Palliser; Calgary, AB); Franck Iglesias (Foxwoods Resort Casino; Old Saybrook, CT); Molly Matthaei (culinary arts instructor; Jackson Hole, WY); Aisha Momaney (New York, NY); Christine Nguyen (The Sweet Boutique Bakery; Sugar Land, TX); Anibal Rodriguez (St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort; Rio Grande, PR); Aris Rodriguez (The Enchantment Resort; Sedona, AZ); and Tati Vernot (Miami, FL). In the season premiere, "Spring's Natural Wonders," the bakers rejoice in spring's natural beauty as they make perfectly patterned fruits-of-spring tarts for their first challenge. Clinton then tasks the bakers to show off their creativity by decorating Faultline Cakes that must feature spring transformations, such as caterpillar to butterfly, spring showers into sunshine, and bare trees bursting into bloom. In the end, the judges determine which baker will be sent home. Other episodes include the bakers creating desserts themed to outdoor activities with man's best friend, including a kayaking poodle and a tennis loving Labrador. And for any loving son or daughter, Mother's Day is the most important day of the year - and for the bakers, they must create sweet and spicy margarita desserts inspired by mom's favorite cocktail.
Season 7 of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 9-11pm ET/PT on Food Network. Host Ali Khan returns to present 11 competitors from across the country with spring-themed baking challenges for a chance to take home the $25,000 grand prize and a spot in Food Network Magazine. But in order to win this competition the bakers must show off their superb baking skills each episode over two rounds, including a pre-heat test which gives a baker an advantage during the main heat. Through 10 episodes the competitors must prove they can create and elevate tasty springtime desserts to impress judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller, and Duff Goldman to make it to the finale and kick off their spring in the sweetest way.

In the premiere, bakers are welcomed to the Spring Baking Tent and kick off the season by whipping up tasty farm stand inspired breakfast treats. For the main heat, the bakers strut their skills in a dessert challenge that celebrates spring's happy, dancing cows. Other episodic challenges include the bakers making beautiful proposal-plate desserts that celebrate springtime romance; the competitors baking outdoor treats to enjoy around the campfire; and the bakers taking on a classic summertime treat by creating their own springtime delight featuring cookies, ice cream and fruit. The three finalists who make it to the finale must hit a high note with songbird-themed desserts in the pre-heat. Then, in the main heat it's all about celebrating the joys of the garden, and the critters within, as the competitors make lush spring garden cakes with a surprise design element inside.

Competitors in Season 7 include: Chiantae Campbell (Miami, FL); Laurent Carratie (Mendham, NJ); Madiha Chughtai (Richmond, TX); Derek Corsino (Saint Helena, CA); Jahmal Dailey (Brooklyn, NY); Stephanie DeVoll (Norwalk, CA); Veruska Samanez (Cedar Grove, NJ); Dayron Santamaria (Takoma Park, MD); Natalie Soto (Capistrano Beach, CA); LeeAnn Tolentino (Los Angeles, CA); and Keya Wingfield (Richmond, VA).


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment