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Meet the Competitors of Spring Baking Championship, Season 2

Get to know the eight bakers competing for a chance to win the $50,000 prize and the title of Spring Baking Champion.
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Audrey McGinnis — Frisco, Texas

Before devoting her time to her baking business, Audrey worked as an investor-relations specialist for seven years. She originally baked only for kids' birthdays, but when people started requesting her cakes, she decided it was time for a career switch. She may not have a culinary degree or a lot of professional experience, but Audrey feels she's got as much of a competitive edge as the longtime pros.

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Dan Langan — Havertown, Pa.

A completely self-taught baker, Dan started his own baking business, Baked by Dan, in his home. Specializing in 3-D cakes and fondant work, he can create unique confections better than many formally trained bakers can. When he's not in the kitchen, he's in the gym helping people get fit. He may not be a professionally trained baker, but Dan is a professional trainer who knows a thing or two about competition.

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Dustin Charbonneau — Chicago

As the story goes, Dustin got into baking to impress a female pastry chef. Although nothing much came of it, Dustin did find his career path and one true love — pastry. Dustin thrives in the Zen-like kitchen of Moto, where he's the executive pastry chef, putting out dessert masterpieces that push the envelope, as is expected from a Michelin-starred restaurant. Dustin's bringing that same flair to the championship.

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Jane Soudah — South Pasadena, Calif.

Into baking since she was a child, Jane wanted to go to culinary school, but her parents encouraged her to go to college instead. There Jane studied food science and safety. But two years ago, she had a turning point and started a small baking company. Then, a chance encounter with the chef of The Eveleigh resulted in a job offer to be the restaurant's pastry chef. Jane believes her lucky streak will continue in the competition.

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