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Meet the Competitors of Holiday Baking Championship, Season 2

Get to know the 10 bakers competing for a chance to win $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.
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Contenders for the Championship

Home bakers and pastry professionals from across the country have entered the Holiday Baking Championship, ready to face holiday-themed challenges for a chance to earn a spot in the finale — and potentially walk away $50,000 richer.

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Adalberto Diaz — Salt Lake City

Growing up in communist Cuba, Adalberto first learned how to bake from his grandma when he was just 9 years old. He attended college for computer science, but when the government collapsed, he had to stop his schooling. He turned to running a bakery, although illegal at the time, as his creative outlet. He moved to the United States when he was 28 and eventually became a pastry chef and teacher. Adalberto now runs Fillings and Emulsions Bakery, which is all about unique baked goods.

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Briana Johnson — Dallas

Social worker by day, Briana is a home baker by night, often taking orders for friends and co-workers. She is completely self-taught in the kitchen and names the Easy-Bake Oven as one of her early influences. She's always been the caretaker in her family and finds solace in baking, preferring to bake instead of play sports when she was a kid. Decorated cookies and bar desserts are her signature items.

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Haley Miller — Beaver Dam, Ky.

Surrounded by family members who all loved to bake, especially around holiday gatherings, Haley was inspired to become a baker herself. She first learned her craft on her grandparents' farm and later attended culinary school before opening her bakery, Kentucky Wildflour Cakes. Haley still considers the holiday time special and spends it with her husband, her daughter and her large family of up to 60 people.

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