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A New "Bakers Dozen" Of Hopefuls Competes In The Third Season Of "Next Great Baker"

11/01/2012

Buddy_valasco_110112_mWhoa boy are we excited (and hungry)! Just announced: A third season of Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro's baking competition show Next Great Baker premieres Monday, November 26.

This season promises all new challenges and 13 new contestants, including a 21-year-old cake decorator, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom and several pro bakery owners. The thirteenth competitor, Chris Luna, was actually chosen right here on TLC.com, and is sales associate and an amateur baker.

Contestants will be judged by Buddy and his team, along with special guests, including Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza, professional wrestler Lou Ferrigno, A Christmas Story's Peter Billingsley, Holly Madison, and N*Sync's Joey Fatone.

At stake is the super sweet prize of $100,000, plus a feature in Redbook magazine, and the opportunity to work with Buddy and his crew at Carlo's Bakery. “Each season brings out stronger contestants and I think this is the best batch yet," said Buddy of this new season of Next Great Baker. "The challenges are
tougher, the judges more critical, and the reward as sweet as ever.”

Don't miss the season premiere on Monday, November 26 at 9pm ET/PT.

--Julie Gerstein

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