Meet the Competitors of Spring Baking Championship, Season 5

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

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Photo By: Josh Brasted

Tracey Marionneaux –Miami, FL

Tracey is currently the cake artist at the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami and runs her business Sweet Revolution from home. She’s made custom cakes for celebrities like Kanye West, Steve Harvey and Kid Rock. Her favorite spring dessert to make is a simple lemon tart with a sweet butter shell and fresh lemon curd. She could eat lemon curd by the spoonful.

Jordan Kanouse – New Orleans, LA

Jordan is the pastry cook at the Jack Rose restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans and also runs her own baking business called Bombshell Sweets. She thrives on the competition aspect of baking.

Cory Barrett – Kalamazoo, MI

Cory may look like an average Midwestern dad, but he has over 20 years of culinary experience. He is also no stranger to Food Network, having worked with Michael Symon on 17 episodes of Iron Chef. His favorite spring dessert is a strawberry shortcake made with biscuits in strawberry broth topped with mascarpone mousse and strawberry ice.

Karina Rivera – Miami, FL

Born and raised in Mexico City, Karina loves her job because it allows her to inspire people. “When somebody thanks you for inspiring them, there is nothing better than that,” she says. She loves spring because she can play with fresh flavors and vibrant colors. One of her favorite spring desserts to make is key lime tart with coconut ganache and strawberry foam. She would love to eventually start her own business.

Kevin Dillmon – Rome, GA

Kevin is the owner of Honeymoon Bakery in Rome, Georgia. He loves making the finer desserts and especially enjoys working with pâte à choux and chocolate. For Kevin, spring is about going to the strawberry farm with his family and preparing something light but decadent, like angel food cake with fresh strawberries and Chantilly cream. He thinks people will underestimate him because he is a small-town baker but he is hungering for the title of Spring Baking Champion.

Jessica Colvin – Southlake, TX

Jessica is in the competition representing home bakers and single moms everywhere. She is self-taught and bakes all night after her kids go to sleep. Her favorite spring dish is a pavlova with peach custard and blackberries. She would use the winnings to open a store front.

Riccardo Menicucci

Riccardo is a self-described Italian hippie. He has been working in fine dining for a long time, but his passion for food grew out of making pizza at seven years old in his parents’ restaurant. Riccardo loves all the fruits of spring, but the season doesn’t really start until the first strawberries show up.

Marqessa Gesualdi – Philadelphia, PA

Marqessa is the owner of Aux Petits Delices in Wayne, Pennsylvania and you will never find her working in an office. Her favorite spring dessert is the classic strawberry shortcake with a twist. She’d top lemon poppy seed biscuits with strawberry sauce, elderflower syrup and whipped cream

Saber Rejbi – Chicago, IL

Originally from France, Saber loves to learn about and celebrate the unique cultures across the U.S. He thrives in his fast-paced job as a pastry chef in a busy hotel in Chicago because there is always a new dessert to tackle. If he won, he’d use some of winnings to open his own bakery and some to get his wife a corgi.

Kendra Stephens – Washington, DC

Kendra has loved baking since throwing cookies and cordial parties with her friends while in high school. She is very organized and makes magic happen with her staff of three at the The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. If she won the grand prize, she would use it to open up a place to teach kids about baking.