Holiday Baking Championship - Kansas City Style
Written by: Jen Johnson
Photo By: Zach Smith
I’m a terrible cook. I rarely attempt it, and am usually disappointed in the results when I do. Baking, however, is a whole different thing -- exact measurements, amazing smells, holiday traditions. This is why I am obsessed with Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network.
Season 4 premieres Monday, November 6th at 8pm, and it’s even more special for us here in Kansas City, because one of the contestants is a KC native! Aristo Camburako is one of the nine bakers competing this time around. According to Foodnetwork.com, Aristo is an executive chef with a passion for both baking and the holidays. According to his Linkedin.com profile (yes, sometimes I stalk a bit to get information), he’s the Executive Chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City-Overland Park.
Photo By: Zach Smith
Host Jesse Palmer is back to put the contestants to the test as they whisk, fold and frost their way through challenges and surprising curve balls. From crazy candy cane desserts to holiday hand pies, the contestants' baking abilities must rise to the top. Only one will "sleigh" the competition to be crowned the winner by judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale to take home the biggest gift of the season - a $50,000 grand prize and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.
I know, you might be thinking, “how can you possibly be thinking about the holidays when it’s not even Halloween yet??” The answer is... I can’t help it. I may have already started listening to some Pentatonix Christmas music (their new holiday album is out October 20th!), and I may have already bought a few presents. And no, it’s not just a coincidence that I work for “Kansas City’s Christmas Station” KC 102.1. That... is divine intervention. But until we officially flip to all holiday music (no, I can’t tell you the date), I will happily watch Holiday Baking Championship, and cheer GO ARISTO—bake us proud!
Jen Johnson co-hosts The Show with Jen and Truta on KC102.1 in Kansas City weekday mornings from 6-10 am. She lives in Overland Park with her husband and two daughters (ages 9 and 7). Random facts about Jen: she was an extra in the movie Derailed (with Jennifer Aniston), she lived in Alaska for a summer, she was a traffic reporter for NBC in Chicago, and she tore her ACL playing basketball in college. She’s passionate about fund-raising and participating in Walk MS (multiple sclerosis), Cure SMA’s (spinal muscular atrophy) Walk-n-Roll, and raising money for Variety KC. Twitter/Instagram @jenkc1021