Dylin Musgrove enjoys watching shows on Food Network.
Chopped, Ace of Cakes, Cake Masters and Valerie’s Home Cooking are just a few of the shows he’s watched over the past few years. His routine won’t change much in 2017, but he will kick off the new year by watching himself on Food Network. The 12-year-old Grovetown homeschooler is one of 12 contestants on Kids Baking Championships, which airs at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2.
“It was an amazing experience – once in a lifetime,” said Dylin. “I’m so grateful to be on the show.”
Hosts of the Kids Baking Championships are Duff Goldman, who has had a couple of Food Network shows including Ace of Cakes and Cake Masters, and Valerie Bertinelli of Valerie’s Home Cooking.
As in most competition shows, the contestants are given a set task in a specified time; however, these bakers, between the ages of 9 and 12 years old, are given a twist part way through the competition.
That was the hard part, said Dylin.
“You have to come up with ideas on the spot,” he said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
The first episode is called Life’s A Carnival, and contestants make carnival-themed cupcakes and include some items found at a carnival such as kettle corn, frozen bananas and cotton candy.
Putting those types of ingredients together was hard.
“It didn’t really go together,” said Dylin.
Dylin said he gets his love of baking from his mom, Cat, who has taught him a lot of what he knows in the kitchen.
Many competition shows can look like the contestants don’t like each other much, but Dylin said that wasn’t his experience at all.
“I love baking with the other kids. We became really good friends,” he said.
Dylin said his friends and family are excited about watching the first episode on Jan. 2. He will be watching with his mom and dad, Maj. Jason Musgrove, and his 14-year-old sister, Danee.
The overall winner of the show receives a $25,000 grand prize. Other episodes in the series include making volcano cakes, baking cakes inspired by animals and making breakfast desserts.