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 (2010-2011)||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 on Long Island in Syosset/Woodbury, New York||IN||LOW||LOW||IN||WIN||LOW||LOW||THIRD||LOW||HIGH||WIN||???||IN||HIGH||LOW/THIRD|
|4||Brian||36-37||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||25-26||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|
|2||2||"Do Not Pass "Go"!"||December 13, 2010||Joe|
|3||3||"Tis The Season To Be Jolly!"||December 20, 2010||Johanna|
|4||4||"It's Dyn-O-Mite!"||December 27, 2010||Pamela|
|5||5||"3-2-1 Blast Off!"||January 3, 2011||Greggy|
|6||6||"Here Comes The Bride!"||January 10, 2011||Joe|
|7||7||"Pedal To The Metal"||January 17, 2011||Brian & Jay|
|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