November 26, 2011 04:00 PM by Lisa Princ
The cake boss is back! Buddy Valastro is once again looking for the Next Great Baker on the season two premiere on TLC, which kicks off this Monday! What can you expect on the new season aside from dessert? Read on to find out and learn about the new contestants!
This season on TLC’s Next Great Bake, a baker’s dozen or 13 new hopefuls will be vying for the $100,000 prize and chance to work at Carlo’s Bakery. TLC announced in their press release:
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.
The 10-episode season kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere on Monday, November 28 at 9pm ET/PT. The season one finale – which crowned Dana Hebert 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.
Here is an exclusive sneak peek for you:
Who will battling it out for the ultimate baker’s prize? Here is a look at the season two contestants:
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; Owners of 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.
Carmelo 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 Vazquez, 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
Be sure to check out TLC’s official Next Great Baker site for more information on the season two contestants, and contestant videos. This season promises to full of fun, drama, and of course, cake! Tune into the season premiere of Next Great Baker on TLC this Monday at 9, and visit us after the show for a full recap, and to share your comments with us!
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Photos courtesy of TLC