Next Great Baker

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  • 2010
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.0  (496)

Next Great Baker is a reality TV show that aired on TLC in 2010. The show is a spin-off of Cake Boss, another TLC series that follows the life of Buddy Valastro, an Italian-American baker and the owner of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. In Next Great Baker, 10 pastry chefs from across America compete against each other in a series of baking challenges to win a grand prize of $50,000 and the opportunity to work at Carlo's Bakery.

The show is hosted by Buddy Valastro, who also serves as a judge alongside his family members, including his sister Grace, his brother-in-law Joey, and his cousin Frankie. The contestants are judged based on their creativity, technical skill, and ability to work under pressure. Each episode features a theme or challenge, such as creating a wedding cake or a dessert buffet, and the contestants are given a limited amount of time to complete their creations.

In addition to the challenges, the show also includes some drama and tension among the contestants, as they all have strong personalities and competitive spirits. There are also some emotional moments, as the contestants share their personal stories and motivations for wanting to become the next great baker.

Throughout the season, the contestants are eliminated one by one, until only one remains. The final challenge is typically the most difficult and complex of all, and the remaining contestants must give it their all to impress the judges and win the grand prize.

In addition to the competition itself, Next Great Baker also provides some insights into the world of baking and pastry arts. Viewers get to see the contestants use a variety of techniques and ingredients to create intricate and delicious desserts. There are also some behind-the-scenes glimpses of Carlo's Bakery and the Valastro family.

Overall, Next Great Baker is an entertaining and engaging reality show that combines the excitement of a competition with the creativity and artistry of baking. It is a must-see for anyone who loves pastries, cakes, and desserts, or who is interested in the world of professional baking. And of course, fans of Cake Boss will not want to miss this spin-off series, as it offers even more insights into the world of Buddy Valastro and his family.

Next Great Baker is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on December 6, 2010.

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5. Nightmare on Baker Street
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4. Buddy's Winter BBQ
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Where to Watch Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker is available for streaming on the TLC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Next Great Baker on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, TLC, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 6, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (496)