Food Network cooks up fresh baking competition

The Optoman Productions-produced Worst Bakers in America features Food Network stars Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale as they attempt to whip 12 of America's worst bakers into pastry perfection.
August 29, 2016

Twelve of America’s worst bakers are headed for a grueling baking bootcamp in a new series from Food Network.

Worst Bakers in America, which is produced by All3 Media’s Optoman Productions, stars Food Network personalities Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The pair assemble 12 terrible bakers and attempt to train them until one ultimately rises to the level of pastry perfection. The dozen will be split into two teams, one trained by Pascale and the other by Goldman, and engage in a series of baking  challenges in order to hone their pastry skills. Over six weeks the teams will be narrowed down based on their performance during the challenges until only two are left. The finalists will then face off in an intense bakery battle for the chance to win $25,000 and bragging rights.

The show is an extension of Worst Cooks in America, the network’s successful show in the same vein, said Didi O’Hearn, SVP, programming, Food Network and Cooking Channel, in a statement.

In the series’ premiere on Oct. 2, Goldman and Pascale will assess the contestants’ skills by challenging them to create desserts inspired by pictures and recipes from FoodNetwork.com, with subsequent episodes featuring Halloween treats, wedding cake decorating, pie contests, animal-shaped sweets and the ultimate one-on-one bakery battle.


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