Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return for a new season of Kids Baking Championship

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman (Food Network)

Fans of the Kids Baking Championship series on Food Network can catch the premiere episode tonight as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman, along with ten new kid contestants return for a whole new season of baking fun.

The eight episode series features kids ranging in age from 10 to 13, as they put their baking talents to the test through tasty challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker in the country.

By the end of the series, only one will take home the grand prize of $25,000 to become the Kids Baking Champion.

Monday’s premiere episode “Pie a la Mode” features the ten kid bakers as they create the perfect pie with just the right balance of crust and filling. Midway through the challenge, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman reveal that they must also make a flavored ice cream from scratch to complement their pie. One baker will melt in the competition and will be eliminated.

Here’s a look at each upcoming episode of the new season of the Kids Baking Championship.

Eclairs Gone Wild — Monday, Jan. 11 at 8|7c
In this challenge, the kid bakers are asked to create a dozen tasty and artfully decorated eclairs. Half way through the challenge the bakers face a surprising twist in the competition, and must make a half-dozen eclairs in the shape of their favorite animal. One baker will not rise to the occasion and get sent home.

“Hot” Chocolate — Monday, Jan. 18 at 8|7c

With only eight bakers left in the competition, they are challenged to make decadent, delicious, chocolate desserts from scratch! To spice things up, Duff and Valerie challenge the young bakers to incorporate chilies, peppers, cayenne, and other hot and spicy ingredients into their chocolate desserts. One baker’s treat does not cut it in the competition.

Macaron “Stackaron” — Monday, Jan. 25 at 8|7c

In this episode, the kid contestants must make three-dozen macarons in at least two different colors for a beautiful macaron display. Which baker will have what it takes to make it through this tough challenge with a surprising twist?

Lunchbox Desserts — Monday, Feb 1 at 8|7c
In this episode, the six remaining bakers must create a dessert that utilizes three randomly assigned popular lunchbox items. The good news is that trading items is allowed, but who will be able to create a tasty treat using a cheese sandwich or potato chips?

Candymonium — Monday, Feb 8 at 8|7c
In this candy-filled challenge, THE FIVE remaining bakers must create a dessert using at least three different kinds of candy from a huge candy display. In the middle of the competition, Duff and Valerie reveal that the contestants must use a torch to help create their final treat. One baker will crumble and get sent home.

Dessert Impostor 2.0 — Monday, Feb. 15 at 8|7c

It was the most beloved challenge of Season 1, and this time it is updated it with a wild twist! The four young bakers must make a dessert item masquerading as a savory dish. This time, they must also create a non-sweet cupcake to pair with their dessert impostor. One baker is eliminated.

Spring Break Cakes — Monday, Feb. 22 at 8|7c
In the finale, the three remaining bakers battle it out for the title of Kids Baking Champion in a spring break-themed cake challenge. Will it be the camping-, amusement park-, or beach-themed cake that crowns the winner? Only one will rise to be victorious in this competition and take home the grand prize of $25,000!

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Alex Alcorta (Austin, TX: age 10), Rebecca Beale (Graham, TX: age 13), Peggy Fischer (St. Johnsbury, VT; age 10), Jane Haviland (Ann Arbor, MI; age 11), Colby Lacasse (Blue Hill, ME; age 11), Matthew Merril (Great Falls, VA; age 11), Alex Portis (Monroeville, PA; age 12), Yahshimabet Sellassie-Hall (Oakland, CA; age 12), Emma Wensing (Austin, TX; age 11), Ryan Wilson (Danville, CA; age 11).

Advertisement