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Naples teen exits Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship with top 5 finish

Naples teen exits Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship with top 5 finish

Southwest Florida baking sensation Alissa Telusca’s nail-biting eight-episode run on season 11 of Food Network’s “Little ones Baking Championship” ended Feb. 13.

Her remaining obstacle for this biz-children levels of competition? Unconventional taste combos. No cakes allowed.

Her flavor card? Banana and grapefruit, a near second preference to Alissa’s favored espresso and lemon combo.

Judges Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman’s assessment of Alissa’s risky selection producing marble-glazed fried yeast doughnuts filled with banana pudding and grapefruit curd?

Scrumptious despite the fact that far too bready and not balanced.

ICYMI: Naples teenager Alissa Telusca competes on Foodstuff Network’s Young ones Baking Championship Dec. 26

In an exclusive exit job interview, the Naples teen shared what went incorrect that working day and what went appropriate foremost up to a coveted best-5 place.

Naples Day by day News: If you experienced a 2nd opportunity to re-get the job done your doughnut recipe, what would you do otherwise?

Alissa Telusca: I would have added more yeast. I have this system where I open the oven and include my dough so it fries speedier with instant yeast. I didn’t do that trick because there are basic safety hazards in the kitchen and you don’t want to get burnt. I could not open the oven and nonetheless function at my station. I want I did it mainly because my doughnut would be significantly far better. I also wish I’d fried my doughnut at a decreased temperature due to the fact that would have resulted in a pleasant ethereal doughnut.

NDN: What was your most loved problem?

AT: My very beloved episode is the food stuff competition, making posters and we tasted everyone’s foods. My next favorite was the doughnut episode and which is sort of it. All the other episodes were being neat, but not my favorite.

Alissa Telusca from Naples, Fla., competes in Young ones Baking Championship, Year 11.

NDN: Which problem finest showcases what you do for your small business?

AT: The food festival showcases what I do nicely I do a great deal of decorating with cakes and cupcakes. I am now usually asked for cupcakes with cake flavors (banana pudding and cinnamon) from that episode.

NDN: Which obstacle was your least beloved?

AT: Pâte à choux: I do not like how it preferences. It’s not my preferred thing to take in or make. My 2nd minimum most loved was food items imposters. I was definitely upset I wanted the steak/fries which Niall acquired. My “salmon” looked like a whale. He did his fries as apple fritters in its place, I would have produced sugar cookies and selfmade “ketchup and mustard.”

NDN: Your assistance for wannabe KBC contestants?

AT: I unquestionably suggest striving out for KBC because it is a shot you really should just take. I finished the software for the previous year and did not make it, but which is Alright because I made it this time. It was so entertaining and I wouldn’t improve it for anything at all.

In addition to touring Knoxville’s attractions and ingesting her way by town with her fellow contestants, this straight-A student invested quite a few write-up-taping several hours looking into previous KBC seasons in anticipation of possible approaching challenges for next-working day preparation.

Pleasurable fact: She cited that macarons confirmed up in 30% of preceding seasons.

Alas, it was not a obstacle all through Alissa’s length on the present.

NDN’s food and restaurant reporter Diana Biederman believes Food Network’s casting execs saved Alissa’s before application for period 11’s entrepreneurial focus. Check out @issas_cake_goals on Instagram to get.

This write-up originally appeared on Naples Every day News: Kids Baking Championship: Florida teenager Alissa Telusca exits display