If you think Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman will throw a bunch of softballs at the young bakers during the challenges in the upcoming season of “Kids Baking Championship,” think again. The judges never really go easy on the contestants. For instance, the online Food Network listings indicate the kids had to make macarons in Season 6 — a notoriously tricky dessert (via Agnes de Sucre). You can count on Season 10 to keep the degree of difficulty at a level appropriate for the competitors’ always-impressive skill level.
Each season always has at least one “imposter” challenge, too, where bakers must create desserts disguised as savory dishes. In Season 7, the imposter challenge involved making dessert-y shish kebab, sushi, and other international dishes, according to Food Network’s episode summary. The kids regularly face animal-themed challenges, too. Recent seasons featured unicorn and hedgehog designs. What the Season 10 animal might be is anybody’s guess. The contestants might also anticipate a flavor challenge in Season 10, similar to the Chinese five-spice episode in Season 9 or the freaky flavor episode in Season 6, where kids incorporated things like curry, jalapeño, or blue cheese into their bakes.
But honestly, “Kids Baking Championship” wouldn’t be as fun to watch if viewers knew the challenges ahead of time. It’s better to go into the show with a sense of childlike wonder.