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Meet the Competitors of Holiday Baking Championship, Season 3

Get to know the nine bakers competing for a chance to win $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.
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Fresh Batch of Bakers

A new set of pastry chefs and home bakers are throwing on their aprons, getting their hands in the dough and taking on holiday-themed culinary challenges, but only one can win the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.

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Shawne Bryan — Miami

Originally from Anguilla, Shawne moved to America on his own, and after getting his degree in baking and pastry arts, Shawne worked his way up to becoming an executive pastry chef in Miami. He wants to take home the prize money and do something special for his moms: his birth mother, his godmother and his church mother. 

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Maddie Carlos — Anoka, Minn.

At just 21 years old, Maddie is already the owner of her own bakery in her home state of Minnesota. If Maddie takes home the grand prize, she'll be able to accomplish her next goal of opening a food truck and bringing her "sweets to the streets." 

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Amber Croom — Vail, Colo.

A few years ago, Amber was heading down a very different career path: engineering. She was attending school in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, and she realized life was too short to not be doing something she loved. Now as a pastry chef for the last six years, Amber's hoping she can engineer herself the win.

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