Kumon Student Competes on the Food Network’s 6th Season of Kids Baking Championship
“No matter what the recipe, any baker can do wonders in the kitchen with some good ingredients and an upbeat attitude!” -Buddy Valastro, Owner of Carlo’s Bakery
For 13-year-old Davis, baking became more than just whipping up the occasional cake for his family, or a batch of cookies for the school bake sale. He was first introduced to baking by his beloved grandmother, when he would sit on the counter as a toddler watching her bake and assist with mixing. As Davis got older, he was able to not only replicate classic favorites, but also to whip up new creations with the use of unique ingredients.
“My signature recipe is shortbread,” said Davis. “My grandma is the master of baking shortbread, and she was the one who taught me how to bake it. It’s my favorite because it’s buttery, flakey, and not too sweet. It smells and reminds me of Christmas.”
Baking has become an art-form and a way of life for him, so much so that he was selected to star on the sixth season of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.
Kids Baking Championship seeks the most talented kids in the kitchen, ages 10-13. They are then given a chance to compete for the title of Kids Baking Champion. Putting their skills to the test, contestants are tasked with unique baking challenges like baking with a savory ingredient such as bacon, or even macarons decorated with faces.
Judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli have been impressed by Davis’ concoctions that are not only visually appealing but are packed with flavor. His stand-out pieces in the competition have been delicate macarons with a key lime and raspberry filling as well as a gourmet lavender macaron. As Davis likes to say, “anything is better with chocolate,” which showed on his brownie challenge. For the judges, he created a double layer walnut and chocolate chip brownie with a smooth walnut cream cheese frosting. He then topped his creation off with a decadent chocolate ganache, which complimented the brownie cake beautifully as it was shaped into a monarch butterfly.
We can’t wait to see what other scrumptious desserts Davis creates as he continues in the competition. For new episodes of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship, tune-in on Mondays at 9pm ET/PT. Everyone at Kumon North America wishes Davis the best of luck in the competition!