Skip to main content

Minnesota girl wins Food Network's 'Kids Baking Championship'

Paige Goehner was the cream of the crop.

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.

Follow BMTN on YouTube

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.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant's injury clouds Timberwolves' victory over the Nets

The Timberwolves star was injured in the final minutes on Sunday night.

Akoya Lee

Byron native Ayoka Lee sets NCAA record for points in a game

The Kansas State forward broke a record shared by former Gopher Rachel Banham.

cold, wind chill, freezing

It's going to be stupid cold again Tuesday and Wednesday

They'll almost certainly be the 10th and 11th days with subzero temps this month.

Williams Uptown Pub

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar closes indefinitely after shooting

Reports say police have arrested two suspects in the incident.

Alex Rodríguez

A-Rod wears a Packers hat, Minnesotans lose their minds

The Timberwolves co-owner didn't endear himself to his fan base on Saturday night.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

Police: Man shoots into crowd at funeral reception in Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a reception following a funeral on Saturday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-01-23 at 8.37.27 AM

Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo says 'F*** the Packers' after playoff win

The 49ers quarterback congratulated Robbie Gould in spectacular fashion.

Aaron Rodgers

America dunks on Aaron Rodgers after loss to 49ers

The Packers quarterback was destroyed on social media on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno

Foligno's OT winner gives Wild fans a happy Hockey Day

A slow start gave way to the Wild's fifth win in the past six games.

Related

St. Paul chef competing on Food Network's 'Iron Chef America'

Justin Sutherland is the chef at Handsome Hog in St. Paul.

cake-1907840_1920

5 holiday gifts from Minnesota makers for food lovers

You can support local shops and give some awesome gifts with these.

President of Eden Prairie TV shopping network quits abruptly

Anne Martin-Vachon had only held the role for five months.

IMG_4919

Recipe: Forage through your fridge for this yummy egg bake

BMTN food writer Lindsay Guentzel has a quarantine concept everyone can use.

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 12.03.52 PM

Duluth is home to one of America's best delis, Food Network says

The Duluth eatery was praised for its selection of smoked fish.

Twin Cities cook to compete on Bravo's 'Top Chef'

Justin Sutherland is a rising star in the Twin Cities restaurant scene.