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Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli sweeten new competition series 'Kids Baking Championship'

by jmaloni


Mon, Jan 5th 2015 04:25 pm
Host Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli on Food Network's `Kids Baking Championship.` (Food Network photo)
Host Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli on Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship." (Food Network photo)

Hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli lead eight talented kid bakers through tasty challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker on "Kids Baking Championship," premiering Monday, Feb. 2 (8 p.m.), on Food Network.

In each challenge, the kid contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) will be tested on their baking skills and originality, as they whip up delectable desserts including creative cakes, mouthwatering cookies and pastries making it seem as easy as pie. At stake, a sweet prize package that includes a complete set of Food Network bakeware products, a profile in Food Network Magazine, an original cake featured at Charm City Cakes and a $10,000 grand prize. Only one will take the cake to become the kids baking champion.

"Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli are the perfect hosts of 'Kids Baking Championship.' Their charisma, boundless enthusiasm and unwavering encouragement expertly lead these young competitors through the obstacles and challenges of the baking championship," said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of programming at Food Network.

"Kids Baking Championship" contestants include: Caroline Binkley (Delaware, Ohio; age 13), Annika Coffman (Boise, Idaho; age 12), Jackson Fujimori (Torrance, California; age 11), Hollis Jackson (Jacksonville, Florida; age 13), Payton Pelaez (San Francisco; age 10), Anthony Smith (Rochester, New York; age 11), Cody Vasquez (Gilbert, Arizona; age 12), and Natalie Venable (Thousand Oaks, California; age 11).

Find behind-the-scenes photos, kids casting videos, host interviews and more on FoodNetwork.com/BakingChampionship. Fan can also join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

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