Meet the Competitors of Holiday Baking Championship, Season 5

Get to know the nine bakers competing for a chance to win $25,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.

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Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Zack Smith

Lerome Campbell — Naples, FL

Lerome is the pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL with dreams of opening his own shop. One of his holiday traditions is constructing the Ritz-Carlton's life-size gingerbread house.

Sherry Clarke — East Lyme, CT

Originally from Toronto, Sherry is a home baker living in Connecticut. She's a mother of two, and her kids love her baking abilities, because sometimes it means there is cake for breakfast and dinner.

Jamie Decena — Chula Vista, CA

Jamie is an executive pastry chef in sunny California. Her favorite part of the holidays is making treats for people, including her caramel-apple cheesecake. She likes to take something traditional and turn it into something people can't even imagine.

Julia Perugini — Maricopa, AZ

Julia is a self-taught baker known for her holiday cookies. She wants to use the Holiday Baking winnings to build her business and visit her mother in Brazil.

Douglas Phillips — Ayer, MA

Douglas is the baking and pastry instructor at Northshore Community College. He has a passion for teaching and for his family.

Dan Raymond — Castleton, NY

Dan runs and owns a pastry shop with his family. He's known to his sons as a "derd" — dad nerd.

Nolan Schooley — Sanford, MI

Nolan is a pastry chef from a small town in Michigan. "I eat, I sleep, and I breathe pastry," he said. He is also no stranger to holiday celebrations: "I have never lost an ugly sweater contest."

Sarah Lucia Tafur — Miami

Sarah loves the holidays so much that she refers to herself as a "Christmasholic." Originally from the Dominican Republic, she now runs her own bakery in Miami.

Chantal Thomas — Windsor, CT

Originally from Jamaica, Chantal now runs her own bakery. She hopes to use the Holiday Baking prize to help grow her business.

More Holiday Baking Championship

Get more from the competition by going behind the scenes of the baking battles, learn more about the host and judges, and get some decorating ideas and how-tos.

Holiday Baking Championship