10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Assembles Cast for 'American Baking Competition'
CBS has compiled all the ingredients for its summer cooking series The American Baking Competition.
Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the series is an adaptation of the U.K. format The Great British Bake Off and judged by chef Marcela Valladolid and baker Paul Hollywood, who serves in the same capacity on the international format.
The 10 amateur bakers will compete for a $250,000 grand prize and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster and were selected after a nationwide search of amateur bakers at local casting bake-offs.
Each week, the series will feature the bakers competing in three unique challenges -- Signature Bake, Technical Bake and Showstopper Bake -- with the winner being crowned that week's Star Baker. Here are the 10 contestants:
Whitney Appleton Beery, 21
Current Residence: Lubbock, Texas (Originally from Castle Rock, Colo.)
Occupation: College Student
Baking Specialties: Cupcakes, cakes and scones
James Reddick, 26
Current Residence: Hollywood (Originally from Indianapolis, Ind.)
Baking Specialties: Pies, cookies and pastries
Francine Bryson, 44
Current Residence: Pickens, S.C.
Baking Specialties: Pies, cakes and quiche
Jeremy Cross, 35
Current Residence: San Diego, Calif.
Baking Specialties: Cookies, cakes and pies
Darlene Pawlukowsky, 51
Current Residence: Johns Creek, Ga.
Baking Specialties: Cakes and cookies
Elaine Francisco, 63
Current Residence: Claremont, Calif.
Baking Specialties: Breads, pies and cakes
Brian Emmett, 43
Current Residence: Itasca, Ill. (Originally from Glendale Heights, Ill.)
Occupation: Owner of a Marketing/Advertising Company
Baking Specialties: Breads, pies, cookies, savory baked goods and pastries
Current Residence: Norco, Calif.
Occupation: Home Health Care Provider
Baking Specialties: Cookies, pies, cakes and tarts
Carlo Fuda, 35
Current Residence: Stamford, Conn. (Originally from Elwood City, Pa.)
Occupation: Social Marketing Consultant
Baking Specialties: Zeppole, cheesecake and cupcakes
Effie D. Sahihi, 40
Current Residence: Henderson, Tenn. (Born in Israel and raised in Winter Haven, Fla.)
Baking Specialties: Cakes, tarts and breads
The American Baking Competition will premiere May 29 at 8 p.m. on CBS.