The Search for the Best Baker in America Returns

Watch nine of the country's top pastry wizards compete beginning Monday, May 7 at 9|8c.

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Judge Jason Smith (L), Host Scott Conant, and Judge Marcela Valladolid during the Master Challenge, Mind Bending Cakes, as seen on Best Baker in America, Season 2.

Photo by: Anders Krusberg

Anders Krusberg

In May nine of America's elite professional bakers gather to begin the first in a series of 14 challenges designed to test the limits of their baking mastery. Chopped judge and restauranteur Scott Conant will host the sweet showdown. Judges Marcela Valladolid and Food Network Star, Season 13 winner Jason Smith return to judge the second season of the competition with a rotating cast of guest judges, including 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. Watch the competitors create towering cakes, adorable petit fours and other sweet treats as they vie for the title of Best Baker in America and $25,000.  

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

The competition kicks of Monday, May 7 at 9|8c with a simple vanilla cake challenge with a mind-bending twist. Check out our favorite (and easy!) recipes for homemade cakescookies and breads right here.

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

Photo by: Anders Krusberg

Anders Krusberg

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