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What The Kids Baking Championship Producer Won't Let Valerie Bertinelli Do
By JARED KAUFMAN
The producers of Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship" won't let celebrity chef Valerie Bertinelli, who co-hosts the show with Duff Goldman, give instruction or provide assistance when the young contestants need it — though the hosts can encourage them. Valerie says, "A few times I've begged our producer to let me help someone and she always tells me no."
Revealing that admiring the children's growth is gratifying for her, Bertinelli shares in an exclusive interview with Mashed, "We don't give [them] enough credit, I think, sometimes. We think, 'Oh, they're a kid; they don't know any better.' Oh my God, they're these little human beings that really process things and can work through problems."
However, Valerie's co-host, "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman, has been known to bend the rules on the set of "Kids Baking Championship." In previous seasons, per Food Network, when kids were struggling, the celebrity chef has sneakily offered pointers to contestants on leveling cakes, using the fondant sheeter, and other techniques he knows well.