Filming The Next Great Baker season 4 was the greatest, most fun and exciting adventure of my life. I can't give you too many details, but let me just say that this season is going to be by far the best one yet. Buddy sure got imaginative when he gave us challenges!
Here's what I can tell you: This year, as I'm sure you can see from the group photo, it is teams competing against each other. This made for more fun, drama, and bigger, more extravagant, and over-the-top cakes! It was a blast to get to know all of the other competitors, and it was an honor to compete against and alongside them. It was also amazing to get to have this experience with my mom. I am getting married this Summer, so us getting to be on this show together was kind of like our last big memory to build together. I love you, mom!!
Not only was it an honor to meet Buddy, The Cake Boss himself, but this year there are 2 other guest judges: Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres, and Magnolia Bakery's Bobbi Lloyd. Although meeting all of the judges was a complete honor and something I will treasure for the rest of my life, it was even more exciting for me to get to meet Jacques Torres - Mr. Chocolate HIMSELF! I had watched Jacques on TV as a child and he mesmerized me with the art of desserts. I remember him making chocolate bowls with balloons and trying to convince my mom that unless I made one of those delectable chocolate bowls that the world would end as we knew it. I'm not sure I sold her on the "world ending" part, but she never kept me out of the kitchen with her.
My mother, and grandmother, are most definitely the reasons I love baking, cooking, and cake decorating so much. They showed me how people can live on through their recipes and the magic food has of pulling people together. My Grandmother, before she passed away from cancer in 2004, always had me in the garden and in the kitchen with her. Not only did she teach me how to cook, but how important it was to start with fresh, wholesome ingredients in order to get the best tasting meal. After she passed away my mother continued the tradition she started of never keeping kids out of the kitchen. My mother, and also my teammate on Next Great Baker Season 4 (GO PINK TEAM!), is also the one who taught me how to decorate cakes. She started by making our birthday cakes every year, and her skill just grew from there. Now we both do wedding and other event cakes! Practice makes perfect, right?
Stay tuned and watch the pink team on Next Great Baker Season 4 on TLC Tuesdays at 9/8c!
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