An 11-year-old girl from Blaine is the winner of the Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship," the finale of which aired on Monday evening.
Paige Goehner, a sixth grader at St. Paul's Hill-Murray School, won the $25,000 grand prize after beating two other finalists, including another Minnesotan, 10-year-old Meadow Roberts of Minneapolis.
She wowed judges and hosts Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli with her chess-themed cake, which was enough to see her named the winner of the show's 6th season.
Her achievement is all the more impressive considering Paige has juvenile arthritis, and told the Food Network she intends to donate some of her prize money to the Arthritis Foundation.
Speaking to ABC Newspapers, Paige said she got into baking when helping her father whenever he made desserts or birthday cakes, and realized it was an activity she could do despite having arthritis.
She then started baking on her own, finding tips and recipes from expert bakers on YouTube, before applying to the Food Network show for its 4th season.
After being knocked back, she vowed to improve and get on the show, and can now call herself a Food Network champion.
As well as the grand prize, Paige will also get a spread in the Food Network magazine.