Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship" is now in Season 10, and once again, Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will be sitting at the judges' table. In an interview with Food Network, Goldman explained how his time on the show had been the opposite of easy.
When asked why he gets emotional on set, Goldman said that the kids were just baking their hearts out, and he could not help it. In addition to judging and hosting, Goldman and Bertinelli also mentor the kids, spending six hours a day with them.
The pastry chef describes the young bakers as enthusiastic and excited about what they were doing and that he would choose to work and judge kid bakers over adult ones. He explained that, with kids, there's no "faking it 'til you make it" or "mind games" - a lesson all adult contestants could learn.
The reality food competition series has also taught Goldman that kids are just as smart, creative, and skillful as their elders and he felt there needed to be a cookbook that represented that. In 2020, Goldman's "Super Good Baking For Kids" was published through Harper Collins.