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

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."