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Spring Baking Championship

Spring Baking Championship

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  • 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 (Season 4), 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 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.
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On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered "Hidden Beauty," the season finale of SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, immediately following a seven-hour marathon (2-9pm) of encore episodes. There's hidden beauty inside many things, even ugly ingredients. In this pre-heat, the remaining three bakers -- Nacho Aguirre, Caleb Fischer, and Cristina Vasquez -- have to use so-called ugly ingredients to make beautiful desserts. In the main heat, the focus is on geodes, which look like rocks on the outside but have beautiful mineral formations inside. The bakers are tasked with creating vibrant and colorful geode cakes using handmade rock candy to win the title of Spring Baking Champion and the $50,000 prize.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment