Meet the Chefs Competing on Bakeaway Camp With Martha Stewart
Stoke the fires, break out the s’mores, and be sure to spray extra bug repellent because it’s time to go to camp —Martha Stewart style. When Bakeaway Camp kicks off it’s an outdoor culinary competition to see which talented baker will push their skills and flavours to the ultimate level and win a coveted $25,000 cash prize. Read on to meet the six contestants going head-to-head to win over Stewart, the celebrity baking counsellors, and host Jesse Palmer when the show debuts.
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Kela Hunte (Austin, TX)<p>At home Kela is better known as Chef Keii, a moniker she picked up after attending culinary school in Austin. These days she puts all of her <a href="https://www.foodnetwork.ca/valentines-day/photos/best-chocolate-cakes-tarts-mousse-desserts/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">delectable desserts</a> on full display at her local shop, Keii Desserts, which offers small-batch desserts made with big love. The contestant also teaches youth cooking classes with Culinarians United Through Service (C.U.T.S.) for kids, which is right in line with her goal to inspire others through food. Something tells us watching her transform ordinary ingredients into something special on <em>Bakeaway Camp</em> will be inspiring indeed. </p>
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Jessica Lugo (Lodi, NJ)<p>Jessica works as a TV producer, so the thought of going in front of the camera for <em>Bakeaway Camp</em> was a strange one for her. But eventually, she threw aside any qualms and wound up in the top six, ready to bake up her goodies for Stewart and co. The contestant started baking a few years ago as a hobby, but these days many of her friends use her as their go-to for all of their parties and celebrations. Considering her Instagram page is brimming with nostalgic faves like <a href="https://www.foodnetwork.ca/baking/blog/strawberry-rhubarb-cheesecake-pastry-pockets/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">homemade pop tarts</a>, Dunkaroos and some of the most colourful and creative cakes around, we can’t wait to celebrate what she whips up in this camp-inspired kitchen. </p>
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Catherine Foley (Washington, DC)<p>Catherine developed a love of food as a young child when she would spend hours with her mom in the kitchen whipping up all the things — especially at Easter when they’d make their family’s generation-spanning saffron-infused <a href="https://www.foodnetwork.ca/baking/photos/homemade-bread-recipes/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">breads</a>. These days Catherine bakes mostly on the side (wedding cakes and French desserts are among her favourites) since she spends her full-time hours as a resilience consultant for Deloitte. However, at the time of filming, this <em>Bakeaway Camp</em> contestant was actually the sustainability manager for the F.B.I. </p>
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Nate Clingman (Nolensville, TN)<p>On Instagram, Nate’s cakes are dripping with saliva-inducing toppings and his sugar cookies will give you a serious sweet tooth. Yet this dad and full-time biotech company employee had to be convinced to apply for <em>Bakeaway Camp</em>. That’s because he’s so busy with his 9-to-5 gig and with running The Bearded Baker (previously Signature Desserts) out of his Nashville home. But after one of his cakes for a vasectomy went viral and the media got wind of this talent, it seems like doing the show was just one of those things that was deliciously meant to be. </p>
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Cortney Anderson-Sanford (Seattle, WA)<p>If Cortney looks a little familiar, that’s because this isn’t her first time on television. Previously the self-described stylist and etiquette revolutionary competed on NBC’s <em>Food Fighters<em>, where she took home the coveted $100,000 prize. Now a Seattle native, this competitor grew up on a sustenance farm in New Hampshire and has lived across the globe—including Australia, Italy, Budapest, Boston, Phoenix, Texas, the Bay Area and New York City. Here’s hoping she’ll bring some of those worldly inspirations to the great outdoors on <em>Bakeaway Camp</em>.</p>
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Bryan Clark (Salt Lake City, UT)<p>This full-time IT consultant considers baking more of a hobby, since it’s something he does on the side for family and friends. Still, the love of being in the kitchen was baked into Bryan at a young age when he would watch his mom and older sister bake. Add in some serious Food Network show addictions and the love of watching other people try what he’s concocted, and this creative culinary craftsman seems like a natural fit for <em>Bakeaway Camp.</em></p>