Next Great Baker (season 3)

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Next Great Baker (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12 (includes two special episodes)
Broadcast
Original channel TLC
Original run November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26) – February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)
Additional information
Host Buddy Valastro Jr.
Season chronology
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List of Next Great Baker episodes

The third season of Next Great Baker aired from November 26, 2012 to February 11, 2013.[1] Like the previous season, this season was set at the Carlo's Bake Shop facility at Lackawanna Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Unlike the previous two seasons, the finale for this season took place outside of the greater New York City area – in this case, in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Venetian Las Vegas.

The winner of this season was Ashley Holt, who won $100,000 and a spread in Redbook magazine, and will work beside Buddy Valastro in the bakery.[2]

Contestants[edit]

Thirteen contestants competed during this season:[3][2][4]

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Alvarez, LettyLetty Alvarez 41 Owner/Operator of LA Sweets Miami, Florida
Brown, JamesJames Brown 41 Owner of Brown's Bakery Lexington, Kentucky
Conti, PaulPaul Conti 30 Bakery Management Consultant/Owner Cake Face Cakery Staten Island, New York
Durkin, ChadChad Durkin 29 Owner of CAD Culinary Consulting and Wedding Cakes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fischer, Gretel-AnnGretel-Ann Fischer 36 Owner of Cupp's Café & Bakery Colchester, Vermont
Gray, PeterPeter Gray 21 Owner of Pete's Sweets East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Holt, AshleyAshley Holt 25 Country Club Pastry Chef/Owner of Sugar Monster Sweets Louisville, Kentucky
Kwapinski, JenJen Kwapinski 32 Owner of Jen's Cakes San Jose, California
Luna, ChrisChris Luna 29 Sales Executive Roseville, California
Payne, MelissaMelissa Payne 33 Owner of Couture Cake Creations/Co-owner of Sweets Couture Chesterfield, Virginia
Reyling, JessicaJessica Reyling 30 Stay-at-Home Mom Peoria, Illinois
Tyler, EmmeEmme Tyler 30 Owner of Skinny Batches Los Angeles, California
Wallace, GarrettGarrett Wallace 36 Cake Artist at Fabulous Baker Boy Waverly, Tennessee

Contestant progress[edit]

As episode 5 ("New Year's Eve, Hoboken Style!") and episode 11 ("Road to the Finale") were not competition episodes, there are no columns for those episodes in the following table.

Place Contestant Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9 Episode 10 Episode 12
Baker's
challenge
winner(s)
Chad Gretel-Ann
Jen
Letty
Melissa
Ashley
Garrett
Ashley[n 1]
Chad
Gretel-Ann
Paul
Peter[5]
Jen
Letty
Gretel-Ann Ashley Ashley Ashley Ashley None
1 Ashley WIN[n 2] IN IN WIN LOW LOW WIN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Gretel-Ann IN LOW HIGH LOW WIN[n 3] WIN WIN LOW LOW IN RUNNER-UP
3 Jen LOW LOW WIN LOW WIN WIN[n 4] WIN WIN[n 5] IN THIRD
4 Paul WIN[6] WIN LOW WIN IN LOW LOW WIN OUT
5 Chad LOW IN LOW WIN WIN LOW LOW OUT
6 Chris HIGH WIN HIGH LOW IN WIN OUT
7 Letty IN LOW WIN WIN LOW OUT
8 Peter HIGH IN WIN WIN OUT
9 Garrett IN WIN IN WD[n 6]
10 Jessica WIN[6] WIN HIGH OUT
11 Melissa HIGH LOW OUT
12 James LOW WD
13 Emme OUT
     (WIN) The baker(s) won the challenge.
     (WIN) The baker won individual immunity and the elimination challenge.
     (HIGH) The baker(s) had one of the best cakes for that challenge, but did not win.
     (IN) The baker(s) did not win nor lose and advanced to the next week.
     (LOW) The baker(s) was/were a part of the team who lost, but was not the last to move on.
     (LOW) This baker was singled out as one of the worst teammates, and was/were the last to move on.
     (OUT) The baker(s) was/were eliminated.
     (IN) The baker(s) had immunity.
     (WD) The baker(s) voluntarily withdrew from the competition.
Notes
  1. ^ In "Cake Roast", Buddy declared that Ashley was the MVP of the winning baker's challenge team.
  2. ^ In the episode 1 elimination challenge, Buddy declared that Ashley was the MVP of the winning team.
  3. ^ In the episode 6 elimination challenge, Buddy declared that Gretel-Ann was the MVP of the winning team.
  4. ^ In the episode 7 elimination challenge, Buddy declared that Jen was the MVP of the winning team.
  5. ^ In the episode 9 elimination challenge, Buddy declared that Jen was the MVP of the winning team.
  6. ^ Garret's departure was not shown until episode 6.

Episode guide[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Contestant
eliminated
20 1 "Game On!" November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26) Emme

Baker's Challenge: Each competitor must bake a dessert of their choice, and deliver it to Buddy in Manhattan on foot. Buddy will taste the first dessert to arrive and any other 4 desserts that look or sound appealing. Buddy will also disqualify the last dessert to arrive. Chad was the declared the winner of the Baker's Challenge.

Elimination Challenge: Guest client Mario Lopez and Courtney Maza enter to receive a bachelor cake.
21 2 "Cake Powers, Activate!" December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03) James (Quit)
22 3 "Bunny Suits and BB Guns" December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) Melissa
23 4 "Cake Roast" December 17, 2012 (2012-12-17) Jessica & Garrett (Quit)
24 5 "New Year's Eve, Hoboken Style!" December 31, 2012 (2012-12-31) N/A
This special episode recaps the series up to this point, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the competition is put together.
25 6 "Wedding Belles" January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07) Peter
26 7 "Cakes Al Dente" January 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) Letty
27 8 "Battle of the Sexes" January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) Chris
28 9 "Happy Birthday Kelly" January 28, 2013 (2013-01-28) Chad
29 10 "Momma Knows Best" February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04) Paul
30 11 "Road to the Finale" February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11) N/A
31 12 "Vegas, Baby!" February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11) (1) Jen, (2) Gretel-Ann

Production notes[edit]

Contestant James Brown withdrew from the competition prior to the December 3, 2012 broadcast, after having been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and being affected by the stress of his upcoming medical treatment. In a statement, Brown said, in part, "I have been focused on my health and am working with my doctors to prepare for surgery to remove the tumor, which will happen early next year."[7]

Following the competition, Buddy hired contestant Paul Conti to work at Carlo's Bakery alongside Ashley, after Paul lost his job and home due to Hurricane Sandy.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shows A-Z – next great baker, the on nbc". the Futon Critic. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Game On!". Next Great Baker. Season 3. Episode 1. November 26, 2012. 01:04 minutes in. TLC.
  3. ^ "Next Great Baker (Season 3)". Discovery Press Web. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Track the competition". TLC. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  Last name are given in linked videos, not in website text.
  5. ^ "Cake Roast". Next Great Baker. Season 3. Episode 4. December 17, 2012. Event occurs at 11:23–11:50. TLC. "Based on that, without a doubt, hands down, it's this team. Now I need to pick an MVP."
  6. ^ a b "Game On!". Next Great Baker. Season 3. Episode 1. November 26, 2012. Event occurs at 53:39–54:01. TLC.
  7. ^ "A Statement From "Next Great Baker" Contestant James Brown". TLC. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cake Smash" and "Sugary Slopes", Cake Boss, TLC, June 3, 2013.
General references