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Next Great Baker is a television show that stars Buddy Valastro who gained his fame on another show by TLC, Cake Boss. Next Great Baker is a show that chronicles a competition between individuals as they hone their baking skills and ability to use decor to make their creations come to life.

On each episode of Next Great Baker, there is a set routine that is followed to show off the skills of each contestant. The first part of the routine is the Baker's Challenge. The Baker's Challenge is a unique challenge set forth by Buddy for the contestants to step up to the plate and meet. The contestant who wins this portion will be the recipient of a reward.

The second part of the routine is called the Elimination Challenge. The Elimination Challenge is when each contestant has to make a cake following the specifications set forth by Buddy.

The last portion of each episode is the Final Elimination. The Final Elimination is the portion of the show where one of the contestants will be sent home. Buddy and his panel of judges will make decisions on the judging of the cakes. They will pick the best of the cakes and the worst of the cakes. After Buddy and the panel of judges have made their decisions, they will gather all of the contestants together. They talk about the cakes and tell those that did well what was good about their creations and then they are sent away so that only those that did poorly remain in the room with the panel of judges. Then they revel which contestant did the most poorly and send the one who did the worst away.

As the show progresses throughout the season you are able to watch to see whose talents are being perfected and guess who might win and who you suspect will be going home.

Next Great Baker is a Reality series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on December 6, 2010. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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, Hulu, Vudu, TLC, Google Play, iTunes online.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on TLC
4 Seasons, 41 Episodes
December 6, 2010
Cast: Buddy Valastro, Letty Alvarez, James Brown, Paul Conti
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Next Great Baker Full Episode Guide

  • The top three teams compete to advance to the Vegas showdown by creating a culinary masterpiece.

  • Teams are challenged to create their best cakes and desserts for the Cake Boss Cafe in Time Square. Buddy shakes things up when he brings back a past eliminated group for redemption. Only the top three will move on.

  • The teams must create a cake worthy to be featured in People magazine, complete with a moving element.

  • The teams must create gravity defying cakes for The Rachael Ray show.

  • The teams must create life-sized cakes in the form of the Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, for her charity event.

  • In an interesting twist, the bakers must use something borrowed for their next cake challenge of creating a destination wedding cake.

  • The bakers must create a destination wedding cake with something borrowed - but you won't believe what that is.

  • In a sugar rush, the bakers choose their own teams to appease some picky clients with a taste for all things sugary. They manage to go through 100 lbs. of candy to advance to the next round.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Buddy welcomes two new judges and ten pairs of bakers. First up, the contestants race to iconic city locations to find inspiration for a Big Apple cake.

  • The third season comes to a close when the winner is revealed after the final three contestants compete in Las Vegas.

  • The final four contestants create cakes for their mothers. Also: Buddy recruits surprise helpers for the competition.

  • The contestants create a birthday cake that will be presented to talk-show host Kelly Ripa.

  • During a classic battle of the sexes, Buddy challenges both teams with creating inventive theme cakes for the bakery's portfolio.

  • The competitors design a 3-foot tall cake that represents an Italian family dinner - including meatballs, spaghetti, Parmesan and more!

  • The competitors design wedding cakes and must become innovative when the brides alter their plans.

  • Celebrate the New Year with a behind-the-scenes look at the casting process, the first day in the competition and much more.

  • The contestants must create life-size cakes of comedians Judy Gold and Carol Leifer.

  • The bakers must create a cake inspired by the classic movie for the cast of the new Broadway musical A Christmas Story.

  • This week the contestants get creative when they think up their own comic book superheroes, and build a 3-foot tall cake that tells their story.

  • The second season opens with the contestants creating a Mexican fiesta themed groom's cake for Mario Lopez's wedding.

  • The final three contestants reflect on the most-memorable moments from Season 3.