Chocolatier Jacques Torres and Magnolia Bakery’s Chief Baking Officer Bobbie Lloyd join as new judges
The fourth season of TLC’s “Next Great Baker” will premiere on Tuesday, June 24 at 9 p.m., TheWrap has learned.
The new season will feature some fresh twists and a couple additions. “Cake Boss” star and the show’s judge Buddy Valastro returns with two additional permanent judges: chocolatier Jacques Torres and Magnolia Bakery’s chief baking officer Bobbie Lloyd.
There will also be a few changes to the competition. The contenders will compete in pairs, rather than individually, for a chance to work for Valastro at the new Carlo’s Bakery at Las Vegas’ The Venetian and a grand prize of $100,000.
There will also be a new round on each episode in which the lowest-ranked teams will compete against each other in an elimination challenge. The challenges will also go beyond baking cakes to other forms of desserts and pastries.
Season 4’s guest judges will include Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, Sean and Catherine Lowe from ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s “Long Island Medium,” “Freddie Krueger” actor Robert Englund and the “Rachael Ray Show” audience during a trip to the talk show.
Produced by High Noon Entertainment, “Next Great Baker” averaged 1.3 million viewers last season.
Here are Season 4’s teams (pictured above):
Kaiulani Delgado and Roxanne Bodell, aunt and niece team from Salt Lake City, UT
Julie Voudrie and Danielle Voudrie, a mother/daughter duo from Johnson City, TN
Barry Ackerman and Fred Isla, bakery buddies and colleagues from Las Vegas, NV
David Duran and Elaine Duran, husband and wife from Kissimmee, FL
Don Donneruno and Meredith Gulfman, co-workers from Long Island, NY
Ginger Soave and Brandy Smith, a bakery student and teacher team from Virginia Beach, VA
Bethany Berend and Jennifer Livermore, best friends from Tomball, TX
Al Watson and Lia Weber, co-workers from St. Louis, MO
Manny Agigian and Al DiBartolo, friends and co-workers from Woolwich, NJ
Jose Barajas and Aimee Anderson, an unconventional friend duo from Chula Vista, CA