BELMAR, NJ — When it came to creating potato print sugar cookies, Belmar’s Anthony Fontanez missed the mark in the latest round of the “Kids Baking Championship.”
The 12-year-old’s lime-flavored cookies topped with lime icing fell short of the judges’ expectations, resulting in his elimination in the fifth round of the competition.
During the "One Potato, Two Potato" episode on February 3, Fontanez knew things weren’t going well when he had trouble creating a star shape in his potato “stamp” for his cookies, opting instead to make a teardrop. And when his cookies didn’t taste like lime, he tried to overcompensate by adding more lime flavor to the royal icing that dripped over the sides of each treat.
In the end, he tried to salvage his work by making a beach scene with graham cracker crumbs and sprinkles, reasoning, “Since I’m from the Jersey Shore.” But it wasn’t enough.
After being told by judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli he was going home ,Fontanez was visibly disappointed but took it in stride. “I’m really sad, but I’m really proud of myself,” he said. “I had so much fun being here and meeting all my new friends. I’m really going to miss them.”
Click here to watch the "One Potato, Two Potato" episode, which airs this week on Food Network.
To see the rest of Fontanez’s journey on “Kids Baking Championship,” click on the stories below:
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