The process started with hopeful contestants-to-be breaking down into large groups and presenting their goods to a panel of judges and answering a short set of questions. After that make-or-break first bite, those who impressed moved directly to a smaller group interview. Those who continued to make the cut then sat for an on-camera interview. Yet another round of interviews with producers yielded the bakers who will participate in the competition. Alexandra and her chai whoopie pie (and bacon chocolate chip "cookiewich") made it through the first two rounds and into the third, but didn't make it all the way to Los Angeles, unfortunately. However, one local baker did make it through this grueling process: Effie Sahihi of Hendersonville, who specializes in the breads of her native Israel. Watch Effie's "Baker Backstory" here.
On The American Baking Competition, Effie will be up against nine other bakers for a $250,000 grand prize and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books. The show is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and the competition is judged by chef Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood (a judge on the U.K. series). Each episode features three challenges, “Signature Bake,” “Technical Bake” and “Showstopper Bake" with one person crowned "Star Baker" and another eliminated. The finale will have the last three contestants baking it out to be the grand prize winner.
Tune in to CBS tonight at 7 p.m. to cheer Effie on in the competition.