'American Baking Competition' cast announced
Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and judged by chef Marcela Valladolid and baker Paul Hollywood, each week the bakers, chosen from a nationwide search at local bake-offs, will compete in unique challenges -- "Signature Bake," "Technical Bake" and "Showstopper Baker."
The winner will be crowned the best amateur baker and will win $250,000 and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to publish his or her own cookbook.
Meet the amateur bakers in the video and check them out in our photo gallery.
Name: Whitney Appleton Beery
Current Residence: Lubbock, Texas (Originally from Castle Rock, Colo.)
Occupation: College Student
Baking Specialties: Cupcakes, cakes and scones
Name: James Reddick
Current Residence: Hollywood (Originally from Indianapolis, Ind.)
Baking Specialties: Pies, cookies and pastries
Name: Francine Bryson
Current Residence: Pickens, S.C.
Baking Specialties: Pies, cakes and quiche
Name: Jeremy Cross
Current Residence: San Diego, Calif.
Baking Specialties: Cookies, cakes and pies
Name: Darlene Pawlukowsky
Current Residence: Johns Creek, Ga.
Occupation: Project Manager
Baking Specialties: Cakes and cookies
Name: Elaine Francisco
Current Residence: Claremont, Calif.
Baking Specialties: Breads, pies and cakes
Name: Brian Emmett
Current Residence: Itasca, Ill. (Originally from Glendale Heights, Ill.)
Occupation: Owner of a Marketing/Advertising Company
Baking Specialties: Breads, pies, cookies, savory baked goods and pastries
Name: Kolette Biddle
Current Residence: Norco, Calif.
Occupation: Home Health Care Provider
Baking Specialties: Cookies, pies, cakes and tarts
Name: Carlo Fuda
Current Residence: Stamford, Conn. (Originally from Elwood City, Pa.)
Occupation: Social Marketing Consultant
Baking Specialties: Zeppole, cheesecake and cupcakes
Name: Effie D. Sahihi Age: 40
Current Residence: Henderson, Tenn. (Born in Israel and raised in Winter Haven, Fla.)
Baking Specialties: Cakes, tarts and breads