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Northern Virginia 10-year-old to compete on Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’

10-year-old Maya Jindal, originally from Loudoun, will appear on Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship.” Courtesy Photo/Food Network
Northern Virginia will be represented by a firecracker 10-year-old on the Food Network the first week of 2017.

Fifth-grader Maya Jindal, originally from Loudoun County and now a Great Falls resident, is among the 12 hand-selected contestants on the newest season of Food Network's “Kids Baking Championship,” premiering Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.

“The kid bakers, ages 9 to 12, will show off their baking prowess in a series of culinary competitions; they'll be challenged to make impostor desserts, volcano Bundt cakes, breakfast desserts and more,” notes a description of the show's third season.

One contestant will be sent home each week. The winner, who will hold the title of “Kids Baking Champion,” will take home a $25,000 prize.

“Baking is kind of like chemistry where you pour things together -- except you can eat it,” Jindal said in her audition video. “ … If I win a cash prize on the show, with $10,000, I would go to Italy. With $3,000, I would go on a shopping spree.”

An apple pie aficionado, Jindal calls herself the “mad scientist in the kitchen.”

The young baker is the daughter of Sohini Gupta, owner of Bean Bar coffee shop in Leesburg. Gupta and Maya will host a watch party at Bean Bar for Monday's premiere. You can follow Maya on Facebook (Heart&Sugar) and Instagram (@heart_and_sugar).

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