More than a few bakers are going to press their luck in a brand-new extreme competition on Food Network--“Big Time Bake.”

The new series premieres June 8 on Food Network and features the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro as a host and judge. According to a press release about the show, he and other guest judges will determine winners every episode from four teams of bakers who will each win a relaxing vacation. However, before they can get there, they need to survive six nonstop hours of baking and three dessert rounds—as well as brutal eliminations.

“The clock never stops, even during the judging, as Buddy and the guest judges visit each bake’s station every two hours to taste and critique their sweets,” the synopsis reads. “The baked good must fit a special theme, from spellbinding magical confections, to tasty treats that transport the judges to another realm, and to desserts that dive deep into the blue seas. After two hours of the competition, Buddy and the guest judges visit each baker’s station to taste the cookies, but time will be running out so the bakers must continue working during the judging.”

“One baker’s cookies will leave them crumbled in the competition and will be eliminated without finishing their other items. At the fourth hour of the competition, the cupcakes are due, and time in the competition will run out for the bottom baker,” the synopsis continues. “With two bakers remaining and two hours left until the six hours are up, they must rush to finish their masterpiece cakes.”

So who will be participating in the show? Get to know some of the judges and competitors below:


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Competitors include:


  • Nacho Aguirre: Aguirre won Season 4 of “Spring Baking Championship” and is the co-owner of Délice Chocolatier and Patisserie in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Ralph Attanasia: Also known as “Ralphie Boy,” he works as the head sculptor at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Zoe Francois: A Pastry chef and cookbook author best known for her “Artisan Bread” series.
  • Tregaye Fraser: Fraser won Season 12 of “Food Network Star” and has also appeared on other shows for the network, including “Guy’s Grocery Games” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
  • Dan Langan: Langan is best known for his recent gigs as a Mentor on “Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart” and a judge on “Duff’s Halloween Cake Off.”
  • Lorraine Pascale: Pascale is not only a baker but also an emotional wellness advocate.
  • Aarti Sequeira: Sequeira won Season six of ‘The Next Food Network Star,” and has appeared as a judge on several different Food Network shows.
  • Thiago Silva: Silva has appeared on several different Food Network shows, and has been a champion on “Chopped,” “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Dessert Games.”
  • Kristen Tomlan: Tomlan is the founder and CEO of DO.
  • Buddy Valastro: Valastro is best known as the owner of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey and as the star of “Cake Boss.”

“Big Time Bake” premieres Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. EDT on Food Network.

Buddy Valastro stars on the new Food Network series “Big Time Bake.”  Courtesy of Food Network