Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro is looking for the NEXT GREAT BAKER and 13 aspiring cake artists are entering the kitchen to see if can bake their way to the top. At stake: the sweet prize of $100,000, a four-page feature in Brides Magazine, and a chance to work side-by-side with Buddy and his team at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ.
The 10-episode season kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere on Monday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The season one finale, in which Dana Hebert was crowned the winner, averaged 2.34 million viewers, up +67% from its series debut.
"This season is bigger and better - we've doubled the prize, the challenges are tougher, and there's a seasoned 'bakers dozen' fighting it out to prove to me they have what it takes to hang with the Carlo's crew," said Buddy Valastro.
This season's contestants include:
Ryan Cimorelli, Providence, RI - 30 years old; Owner, The Bakery Boutique in Smithfield, RI.
Wesley Durden, Fayetteville NC - 29 years old; Active serviceman with 82nd Airborn Division, based at Fort Bragg.
Chad Fitzgerald, Duncanville, TX - 44 years old; Owner of THE CAKE GUYS in Dallas and Duncanville, TX; also a High School Math Teacher.
Jasmine Frank, Los Angeles, CA - 20 years old; Pastry Chef at Jazzy Cakes
Tony Frys, Forth Worth, TX - 23 years old; a co-owner of "The Sugar Art"
Heather Grubb, Knoxville, TN - 31 years old; owner of Cake of Knoxville.
Megan Hart, Pittsburgh PA - 38 years old; works as a paramedic for the city of Pittsburgh.
Marissa Lopez, Pompton Lakes NJ - 24 years old; Cake decorator at the Brownstone in Patterson NJ and small business owner.
Heather Macia, Las Vegas, NV - 32 years old; a culinary school graduate, she currently works as an exotic dancer.
Carmello Oquendo, Worcester, MA - 43 years old; a retired Gang Unit Police Officer and now the "Cakefather of Worcester."
Nadine Reibeling, New York, NY - 28 years old; owner of Lolly Love, LLC, and also works in catering sales for a hotel.
Minerva Vasquez, Miami, FL - 46 years old; a personal chef and cake artist
Sara Williams, Cedartown, GA - 39 years old; owner of a bakery, Crickette's Cakes
The series fan site can be found at http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/next-great-baker.
NEXT GREAT BAKER is produced for TLC by High Noon Entertainment.