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Meet the Competitors of Spring Baking Championship, Season 3

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Adam Young — Westerly, Rhode Island

Adam began his career with dreams of becoming a savory chef, but it wasn't until an apprenticeship in New Orleans that he fell in love with pastry; he now owns and runs his own bakery, Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, Connecticut. When coming up with his sweet creations, he finds inspiration in New England's seasonal produce and his childhood in Vermont. Adam finds time to volunteer with at-risk youth and mentors vocational students.

Signature Dishes: Vermont Creamery Brioche, Maple Syrup Mousse Beignet, Carrot Roulade, Pumpkin Cinnamon Cookie Cakes

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Courtney Rezendes — Fall River, Massachusetts

Although Courtney was originally set on attending Johnson & Wales University to pursue a culinary career, her parents convinced her to follow a more conventional path. She eventually earned degrees in baking and pastry arts, and later in hospitality and restaurant management. She currently works as an instructor at the same college she graduated from, and she really enjoys being a teacher and mentor.

Signature Dishes: Golden Butter Cake, Flan, Pecan Pie, Vanilla Souffle, Tiramisu

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Daniela Copenhaver — Chula Vista, California

Less than a year ago, Daniela was a kidney transplant coordinator. But she's always dreamed of working in the culinary industry, and she decided to quit her job and pursue her goals. She now runs an online bakery and catering company. Completely self-taught, Daniela enjoys creating unique and playful desserts, some that include alcohol.

Signature Dishes: Mango Rum Cheesecake, Berry Fruit Tart, Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Blondies, Berry-Lime Tres Leches Cake

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Fausto Barragan — La Puente, California

Growing up very poor in L.A., Fausto was determined to make something of himself. He's since earned four degrees and has been an elementary school principal for the past 10 years. Baking, however, is his true passion, his stress relief and a way for him to give back to those he loves. Fausto is completely self-taught with a repertoire that includes cakes, cookies and Mexican pastries.

Signature Dishes: Fruit-Filled Sweet Rolls, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Croissants, Pan Dulce

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