Season Three of TLC's 'Next Great Baker' to Premiere Monday, November 26

Categories: Network TV Press Releases

Written By

November 1st, 2012

via press release:

BATTER UP! 13 new contestants compete to be TLC’S NEXT GREAT BAKER

Season 3 premieres Monday, November 26 at 9pm ET/PT

 

The heat is on - Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro has selected a brand-new “bakers dozen” of aspiring pastry chefs to mix it up in the third season of TLC’s hit competition show NEXT GREAT BAKER. The 13 crafty cake artists are each after the sweet prize of $100,000, a feature in Redbook Magazine, and a chance to work side-by-side with Buddy and his team at Carlo’s Bakery.

 

The 10-episode season kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere on Monday, November 26 at 9pm ET/PT. The series’ second season, which crowned Marissa Lopez as the winner, was watched by an average of 1.7M viewers.

 

This season, Buddy and his family welcome special guests to judges the challenges, including Mario Lopez & Courtney Mazza, Lou Ferrigno, Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story), Holly Madison, and Joey Fatone, among others.

 

“Each season brings out stronger contestants and I think this is the best batch yet. The challenges are tougher, the judges more critical, and the reward as sweet as ever,” said Buddy Valastro.

 

This season’s contestants include:

 

Letty Alvarez – Miami, FL

41 years old; Owner/Operator of LA Sweets

 

James S. Brown – Lexington, KY (previously from Chicago, IL)

41 years old; Owner of Brown's Bakery

 

Paul Christopher Conti – Long Beach Island, NJ (originally from Staten Island, NY)

30 years old; currently unemployed

 

Chad Durkin – Philadelphia, PA (previously from Hackensack, NJ and Toms River, NJ)

28 years old; Owner of CAD Culinary consulting and wedding cakes

 

Gretel-Ann Fischer – Colchester, VT

35 years old; Owner of Cupp's, a bakery/café in Winooski, Vermont

 

Peter Gray – East Longmeadow, MA

21 years old; Runs cake decorating business Pete's Sweets

 

Ashley Lauren Holt – Louisville, KY

24 years old; Pastry Chef at The Louisville Country Club, also runs cake business Sugar Monster Sweets

 

Jen Kwapinski – San Jose, CA (previously from Columbus, NE)

32 years old; Owner of Jen's Cakes

 

Chris Luna – Roseville, CA (originally from Pollock Pines, CA) *Chris was the America’s Choice selection

29 years old; Currently a Sales Executive, and an amateur baker

 

Melissa Payne – Chesterfield, VA

33 years old; Owner of Couture Cake Creations, co-owner of Sweets Couture

 

Jess Reyling – Peoria, IL (originally from Chillicothe, IL)

30 years old; Stay at Home Mom

 

Emme Tyler – Los Angeles, CA

30 years old; Owner of Skinny Batches

 

William Garrett Wallace – Waverly,TN

36 years old; Cake artist at Fabulous Baker Boy

 

The series fan site can be found at http://tlc.com/nextgreatbaker.

 

NEXT GREAT BAKER is produced for TLC by High Noon Entertainment.

 

 
© 2014 Tribune Digital Ventures