Food Network’s Best Baker in America Returns to Challenge Elite Bakers for Ultimate Title

Contestants Max Santiago (L), Lasheeda Perry, Frania Mendivil, Kymberli Delost, Adam Young, Jean-Francois Suteau, Becca Craig, Leigh Omilinsky, and Jeremy Fogg, as seen on Best Baker in America, Season 2.

Nine world-class bakers compete for a cash prize in season two of Food Network’s prime-time competition series Best Baker in America, premiering Monday, May 7, at 9 p.m ET/PT.

Food Network‘s Scott Conant hosts the competition as bakers from across the country are put to the test in each episode to create elegant and delicious versions of classic baked goods. A Skills Challenge tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests the baker’s prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients.

Returning judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid are joined by rotating guest judges. They include baking digital influencers Yolanda Gampp, Joshua John Russell and Gemma Stafford and prominent cake and pastry experts Florian Bellanger, Shinmin Li, Sherry Yard and Zac Young. The judges will determine which bakers possess the artistry and creativity needed to advance through seven episodes.

The nine bakers competing for the title of Best Baker in America are: Becca Craig (Philadelphia, Pa. – Executive Cake Chef); Kym DeLost (Chicago, Ill. – Pastry Chef)); Jeremy Fogg (New Orleans, La. – Pastry Chef); Frania Mendivil (Los Angeles, Ca. – Executive Pastry Chef); Leigh Omilinsky (Chicago, Ill. – Pastry Chef); Lasheeda Perry (Atlanta, Ga. – Executive Pastry Chef); Max Santiago (Miami, Fla. – Executive Pastry Chef); Jean-Francois Suteau (White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. – Executive Pastry Chef); Adam Young (Mystic, Conn. – Bakery Owner and Head Pastry Chef).

During the course of the season the nine bakers are tasked with culinary challenges designed to test their baking expertise and their inventiveness. Some of the episodes focus on baking perfect petit fours, creating a classical French layered meringue cake and constructing the perfect strawberry shortcake and old school classics such as a Charlotte Royale and a Mont Blanc cake.

Meet the newest batch of bakers and view highlights of their creations at Food Network. Plus, get Jason Smith’s best baking tips, along with exclusive content from host Scott Conant, Marcela Valladolid and the guest judges. Follow all the baking action and comment on your  favorite treats using the hashtag #BestBakerinAmerica.

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