Next Great Baker (season 1)
|Next Great Baker (season 1)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original run||December 6, 2010– January 24, 2011|
|Host||Buddy Valastro Jr.|
|List of Next Great Baker episodes|
The first season of Next Great Baker was televised from December 6, 2010 to January 24, 2011 on TLC. During this season, the last contestant standing would win $50,000 cash, a Chevrolet Cruze and an apprenticeship at Buddy's bakery, Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Each episode opens with the contestants engaged in a foodfight, with each contestant introduced. Near the end, Buddy enters the kitchen from his office, saying "This is gonna get ugly!", only to be clobbered in the face by a piece of cake.
Ten chefs competed in the competition.
|Place||Contestant||Age (2010)||Home Town||Occupation||Progress Elimination Challenge||Progress Baker's Challenge|
|Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8 Part 1||Episode 8 Part 2||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6||Episode 8|
|1||Dana||34||Bear, Delaware||Owner and Pastry Chef of Desserts By Dana; Head Chef of the Delaware River and Bay Authority||IN||HIGH||WIN||IN||HIGH||HIGH||WIN||WIN||WINNER||HIGH||HIGH||IN||???||LOW||IN||WINNER|
|2||Megan||23||Keller, Texas||Owner of Legacy Cakes||HIGH||WIN||LOW||IN||LOW||LOW||IN||IN||RUNNER-UP||HIGH||WIN||WIN||WIN||LOW||HIGH||RUNNER-UP|
|3||Corina||32||Huntington, New York||Owner of "taste", a specialty cake shop in Syosset, New York||IN||LOW||LOW||IN||WIN||LOW||LOW||THIRD||LOW||HIGH||WIN||???||IN||HIGH||LOW/THIRD|
|4||Brian||37||Austin, Texas||Owner of Crazy Cakes Inc.; Senior Artist for Sony Online Entertainment||IN||IN||HIGH||LOW||HIGH||HIGH||OUT||HIGH||HIGH||IN||???||HIGH||HIGH|
|5||Jay||42||Nashville, Tennessee||President and Cake Designer of Maples Wedding Cakes||IN||HIGH||HIGH||IN||LOW||WIN||OUT||HIGH||HIGH||IN||IN||WIN||WIN|
|6||Joe||47||Brooklyn, New York||Pastry Chef/Owner, La Bella Torte||LOW||OUT||OUT[n 1]||WIN||LOW|
|7||Gregory (Greggy) Paul Soriano||26||Jersey City, New Jersey||Wedding Cake Designer and Owner of Cake Lush||WIN||IN||HIGH||IN||OUT||LOW||LOW||IN||???||HIGH|
|8||Pamela||29||Alexandria, Virginia||Electrical Engineer; Owner of PamCakes||LOW||IN||LOW||OUT||IN||IN||WIN||???|
|9||Johanna||29||Hanson, Massachusetts||Co-owner, Sugar Plum Bakery||HIGH||LOW||OUT||HIGH||HIGH||WIN|
|10||Kendra||31||Emporia, Virginia||Sixth Grade English Teacher||OUT||HIGH|
- Joe was invited back into the contest, but was eliminated the same week.
|Title||Original air date||Contestant
|1||1||"Celebrate Good Times, C'mon"||December 6, 2010||Kendra|
|* Baker's challenge: For the first Baker's Challenge, each contestant has two hours to make a baked dessert good of their choosing. Buddy and his brother in law, Mauro, are judges. Joe has won this challenge for his rosemary olive oil cake; for this, he was awarded immunity from elimination.
|2||2||"Do Not Pass "Go"!"||December 13, 2010||Joe|
|* Baker's challenge: Each contestant has two hours to make a cupcake, using the type of cake given by a clue provided to them (such as a sponge for a sponge cake; a weight for a pound cake, etc.). Buddy and his brother in law, Joey, are judges. Megan has won this challenge for her devil's food cupcake, while Pamela is runner-up for her red velvet cupcake. Joe was the worst for his carrot cake cupcake, with Greggy's caramelized banana cupcake being the second worst.
|3||3||"Tis The Season To Be Jolly!"||December 20, 2010||Johanna|
|* Baker's challenge: The contestants are divided into two teams of four, boys vs. girls. Each team must construct a three-layered Christmas cake, similar to the example made by Buddy (who made his cake in five minutes). The team that finishes first wins. The girls finished theirs first, taking 34 minutes to complete. However, there is no reward for winning.
|4||4||"It's Dyn-O-Mite!"||December 27, 2010||Pamela|
|* Baker's challenge: Each contestant must perfectly crack open two dozen eggs, make a perfect pie shell and make a flower out of modeling chocolate; the one to finish first wins. Megan won this challenge; for that, she gets immunity from elimination, as well as first pick of the contestants for her team – she chose Jay, Dana and Brian. However, she must join the team that has the leftover team members – Greggy, Pamela and Corina.
|5||5||"3-2-1 Blast Off!"||January 3, 2011||Greggy|
|* Baker's challenge: Each contestant has 30 minutes to make a fondant layer cake, complete with a bow made of fondant. Dana and Megan made the worst two cakes. Corina and Jay were singled out as the best, with Jay being the winner. They were then made team leaders for the Elimination Challenge.
|6||6||"Here Comes The Bride!"||January 10, 2011||Joe|
|* Baker's challenge: Each contestant has 45 minutes to decorate a model wedding cake with decorative piping. All contestants have done a great job, meaning that there were no worst contestants for this challenge; the best contestant was Jay, with Dana runner-up. For his team for the next challenge, Jay has chosen Megan and Corina, with Dana getting Brian. However, Buddy transferred Jay to Dana's team. In order to equal the teams out, Buddy has brought back Joe, who was eliminated earlier, as Buddy thought he was worthy of a second chance.
|7||7||"Pedal To The Metal"||January 17, 2011||Brian & Jay|
|* Elimination challenge: The competition begins with the Elimination Challenge, in which each contestant has eight hours to make a cake based on the Chevrolet Cruze; in addition, the winner of the competition will win the car, along with the money and apprenticeship. Mauro and a representative of Chevrolet will join Buddy to judge. However, with one hour left, Buddy sized up the cakes, and felt that they were not of professional quality; at that point, Buddy had given the contestants 90 minutes to finish their cakes, as well as make their best baked good of their choice. Dana was chosen as the best in both categories, and advances to the finals. Megan and Corina had some flaws in their cakes and baked goods, but had some merits that enable them to advance as well.
|8||8||"The Big Finale!"||January 24, 2011||Corina (1) - Megan (2)|
|In this 90-minute episode, the competition shifts to Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken for the final week of competition.
- "Cake Boss Gets Competitive with New Spinoff Series". TVGuide.com.
- TLC: "Next Great Baker": Meet the Contestants
- Originally participated in a Season 1 Ultimate Cake Off, in which he made a cake for Legoland California; he did not win.
- Originally appeared in Season 5 of The CW's Beauty and the Geek as the "Self-Proclaimed Gaysian".
- Cake Lush by Gregory Soriano