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Livingston Teen Heads to Top 10 on "Kids Baking Championship"

Credits: Food Network

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After falling to the bottom three on Monday’s episode of Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” Livingston seventh-grader Soleil Thomas will continue on to the Top 10 on Season 4. 

For their second challenge of the season, the 11 remaining contestants were tasked with creating “dessert pizzas” with a mid-challenge twist of adding a typical pizza topping, such as hot peppers, bacon, ricotta cheese or basil.

Thomas decided on a sugar-cookie/graham-cracker crust, topped with chocolate ganache, marshmallow sauce and a raspberry coulis infused with her twist ingredient, basil. She finished off her dessert pizza with toasted marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs.

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Before time was up, she noticed that her ganache was too thin, making her dessert messier than she wanted. She put it in the glass chiller to firm it up, but it did not come together in time.

 “I’m not feeling so great,” she said during the challenge. “My ganache is running off the sides, it’s super liquidy…This did not turn out the way I wanted it to.”

Hosts and mentors Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli ultimately agreed that she “could have used a lighter hand with the ganache” and that the inside of the cookie was undercooked, while the outside was slightly overcooked. Goldman liked everything on top of her pizza, stating that the chocolate was especially delicious, but he did not taste the basil.

Due to the runniness of her s’mores-inspired pizza, Thomas landed in the bottom three for the week. However, Thomas was deemed safe and the show said goodbye instead to Gareth Bennett, 10, of Gaithersburg, MD. 

Tune in on Monday at 9 p.m. to see what the 12-year-old Livingston baker will do next. To read more about Thomas’ journey to the prestigious competition, click HERE.

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