Richmond District 10 year old competing in Food Network baking show

Tonight at 8pm, the Food Network will premiere a new show called Kids Baking Championship. The show is a competition in which hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli lead eight talented kid bakers through challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker.

Yes, you read that right – KID bakers. If you think your Baked Alaska is da bomb or that you make a mean Mississippi Mud Pie, you might want to tune in and get a little schooling from these pint sized prodigies.

To add to the fun, Richmond District resident Payton Pelaez will be one of the eight kids competing for the title. Judging from his audition video (above), Payton looks to be a fierce competitor who is bursting with confidence and overflowing with passion for baking.

“Some kids like to play sports, some kids like to play video games…I really really like baking,” he tells the camera.

And you know he’s not kidding when he lists off some of his favorite things to bake: Vanilla cake with strawberry reduction, chocolate cake, cream puffs, eclairs, Mississippi Mud Pie (his favorite to make), cheesecake, apple crumble, and snickerdoodles.

Sounds pretty accomplished for a 10 year old baker, no? Payton also runs a dessert business that he calls Chez Pay.

“Everything is made by hand, made from scratch,” he says in his audition video. He also donates 20% of his proceeds to charity.

In each of the four Kids Baking Championships episodes, Payton and his fellow contestants – ranging in age from 10 to 13 – will be tested on their baking skills and originality, as they whip up desserts including creative cakes, cookies and pastries. They’re competing for a prize package that includes Food Network bakeware products, a profile in Food Network Magazine, an original cake featured at Charm City Cakes and a $10,000 grand prize.

Tune in to the Food Network tonight at 8pm to root Payton on in the competition! Tonight’s episode challenges the contestants to serve up two delicious signature items for a bake sale.

We wish Payton the best of luck and hope that when he grows up, he’ll open his first bakery right here in the Richmond District. 😉

Sarah B.


  1. I always think these competitions are bizarre, but I’ll definitely be rooting for our neighborhood cheftestant! Good luck, Payton!

  2. For some reason after reading this I feel like having cake for lunch….

  3. I love that a 10 year old can make me feel like a laconic underachiever. 🙂
    Hope he has a supportive family who’s taught him that he’s an outstanding person, even if he’s eliminated early on.

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