'American Baking Competition' cast announced

american-baking-competition-jeff-foxworthy-CBS.jpgCBS has announced the 10 amateur bakers who will compete on new reality cooking show "The American Baking Competition," which premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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
Age: 21
Current Residence: Lubbock, Texas (Originally from Castle Rock, Colo.)
Occupation: College Student
Baking Specialties: Cupcakes, cakes and scones

Name: James Reddick
Age: 26
Current Residence: Hollywood (Originally from Indianapolis, Ind.)
Occupation: Photographer
Baking Specialties: Pies, cookies and pastries

Name: Francine Bryson
Age: 44
Current Residence: Pickens, S.C.
Baking Specialties: Pies, cakes and quiche

Name: Jeremy Cross
Age: 35
Current Residence: San Diego, Calif.
Occupation: Firefighter
Baking Specialties: Cookies, cakes and pies

Name: Darlene Pawlukowsky
Age: 51
Current Residence: Johns Creek, Ga.
Occupation: Project Manager
Baking Specialties: Cakes and cookies

Name: Elaine Francisco
Age: 63
Current Residence: Claremont, Calif.
Occupation: Retired
Baking Specialties: Breads, pies and cakes

Name: Brian Emmett
Age: 43
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
Age: 30
Current Residence: Norco, Calif.
Occupation: Home Health Care Provider
Baking Specialties: Cookies, pies, cakes and tarts

Name: Carlo Fuda
Age: 35
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.)
Occupation: Attorney
Baking Specialties: Cakes, tarts and breads
Photo/Video credit: CBS
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