Schools are closed, and children are on their summer break! In this show, a group of young bakers enters into a baking competition, where they have to showcase their talent and skills. The age of the kids ranges from 10 to 13. They are put through various dessert tests to see who will make it up to the final level of the competition.
Participants are many, but the winner is only one. The winner takes home the cake as well as the grand prize of $25,000. The winner also gets a chance to get featured in Food Network Magazine and is rewarded with the title of ‘Kids Baking Champion’.
Over the eight seasons since its launch, the show has garnered a solid audience base. Now the question is, will there be a ‘Kids Baking Championship’ season 9? Well, read on to know.
Kids Baking Championship Season 9 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Kids Baking Championship’ Season 8 premiered on January 6, 2020, on Food Network. It wrapped up with its 10th episode on March 2, 2020.
As we pointed out, people adore kids, and they love cooking shows. Combined with the fact that this series has always had a homely atmosphere, it has a wide appeal among audiences. That’s why we are positive that it will be renewed for yet another season.
If things go according to plan, we expect Kids Baking Championship Season 9 to premiere sometime in August 2020 — considering the fact that the show has been releasing two seasons every year from its fourth season since 2018. While season 4 released in January 2018, season 5 debuted in August 2018, and season 6 premiered in January 2019, followed by season 7 in August 2019, and then season 8 in January 2020.
Kids Baking Championship Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Kids Baking Championship’ varies from season to season, since each season sees a different batch of contestants. However, what does remain the same are the judges. Up until this point, baker Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes fame and actress Valerie Bertinelli have served as the judges of the show.
In season 8, Duff and Valerie retain their positions. Additionally, we meet a fresh team of 12 very talented young bakers. There’s junior lifeguard Anthony from Belmar, NJ; Gingee Says owner Avner from Philadelphia, PA; violin player Elise from Chapin, SC; Gimme Some Shugga owner Graysen from Wilmington, SC; and Liam from El Dorado Hills, CA.
Joining them are guitar enthusiast Morgan from Glen Burnie, MD; dancer Naima from Baltimore, MD; Phoebe from New York, NY; Reggie from Bend, OR; Sahana from Sugar Land, TX; Saleem from Yuna City, CA; and Sam from West Hartford, CT.
Toward the end, Graysen Pinder is declared as the winner. In season 9, we will meet a different group of contestants, accompanied by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli as the judges.
What is Kids Baking Championship about?
‘Kids Baking Championship’ hinges on the display of talent on part of the kids across various stages of the competition. From making startling ice cream sandwiches to building gravity-defying cakes, the kids have to bake sweet treats to win the competition. The fans can also learn many baking tips from this show.
The format essentially remains the same with the kids having to participate in multiple rounds in order to finally make it to the end. For instance, season 8 kicks off with a 1970s challenge where the participants need to bake shag cakes, using their chosen flavor. The remaining 11 young bakers are then tasked to make Neapolitan desserts featuring chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. In dessert impostors, the rest of the 10 bakers need to whip up desserts that resemble sandwiches.
The subsequent rounds involve creating llama cupcakes, carving potato cutouts, baking ice cream cone cupcakes, and creating Italian rainbow cookies. The last-standing candidate who passes all the rounds and manages not to get eliminated is crowned as the winner and leaves for home with the grand prize of $25,000.
What stands out about the show is the smart combination of two well-liked elements – kids and baking. Who does not find kids adorable, and baking fun to watch? Moreover, unlike most reality shows, where participants are jaded, and there is a lot of badmouthing and unnecessary hostility brewing, the atmosphere in this series is fun.
The kids are really nice to each other and even go to the extent of sharing ingredients while competing against one another. The judges too are very benevolent and though their banter comes across a little forced at times, they go out of their way to help the kids. Instead of chastising them, they provide constructive criticism, but this does not mean that the judges hesitate in calling out anything that is not up to the standard.
Considering that baking is a very precise endeavor, it is indeed impressive to see these kids carry out their tasks so effortlessly and immaculately, and all from memory. Some of them are rather mature about their approach to baking and if you are interested, you can pick up some tips from these children, like how vanilla can help bring out the aroma of the frosting. We should not harp only on the pros, and it would be remiss of us not to point out the fact that sometimes the enthusiasm on part of the kids looks a bit scripted, and the show becomes a little melodramatic at times.
However, in the overall scope of things, it still remains a thoroughly entertaining watch, more so, because it does away with notions like everybody is a winner. It treats the contestants like mature individuals, instead of handling them with kid gloves. Thus the show does have an elimination policy and the emotions spill over when the kids are eliminated. However, such is the nature of reality television, and it does make ‘Kids Baking Championship’ a thoroughly exciting watch.
Kids Baking Championship Trailer
We do not have an official trailer for season 9 yet. However, you can head to Food Network if you wish to check out all the previous episodes from the show.
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