Get Ready to Indulge in the 'Summer Baking Championship' With Its Iconic Trio of Judges!

The panel of judges for Food Network's 'Summer Baking Championship' boasts three esteemed individuals: Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, and Damaris Phillips.

Jamie Lerner - Author

May 13 2024, Updated 4:30 p.m. ET

'Summer Baking Championship' Season 2 announcement featuring Damaris Phillips, Jesse Palmer, Carla Hall, and Duff Goldman
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One of the best times to enjoy sweet treats is in the summer, so it's only fitting that the latest entry to the Baking Championship franchise is the Summer Baking Championship.

Hosted by Jesse Palmer, the host of all hosts, ten talented bakers show off their summer style in front of three judges: Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, and Damaris Phillips.

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In the Food Network show, the bakers compete for a $25,000 prize while creating inner tube cakes, road trip portable desserts, and shark bite cookie bars to find the winner.

It's all decided by the iconic Summer Baking Championship judges — if you're curious to learn more about them, read on for all the known details!

Jesse Palmer, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, Damaris Phillips
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Duff Goldman

Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman is a pastry chef best known for participating in the Food Network's Ace of Cakes and owning Charm City Cakes, which was featured in Duff Till Dawn and the Cake Masters series. Duff has also appeared all over network television, from Iron Chef America to The Masked Singer.

Duff Goldman attends the 2024 Creative Arts Emmys at Peacock Theater on January 07, 2024 in Los Angeles.
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This isn't Duff's first time judging — he's judged most of the Baking Championship shows and even co-hosted the Kids Baking Championship.

In January 2019, Duff married Johanna Colbry. In January 2021, their daughter, Josephine Frances Goldman, was born! He's spoken often about his Jewish faith and how it inspires him to give back through Tzedakah.

Carla Hall

Known for her appearances on Seasons 5 and 8 of Top Chef, Carla Hall was also the co-host of The Chew, which aired for seven seasons from 2011 to 2018 on ABC.

Before pursuing her culinary career, Carla was a model on the runways of Paris, Milan, and London despite being born and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She started her own company, Alchemy Caterers, in Wheaton, Md., and wrote the cookbook, Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You.

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arla Hall attends the NAACP Hollywood Symposium on March 13, 2024 in Los Angeles.
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Carla opened her own restaurant, Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, in Brooklyn in 2016, but the restaurant closed one year later. Even still, she's made several television appearances, including as a judge on Halloween Baking Championship and Crazy Delicious. Now, Carla lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson Noah.

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Damaris Phillips

While Carla and Duff both have had their fair share of TV and baking experience, Damaris Phillips *literally* took the cake by winning Food Network Star Season 9.

Damaris then hosted Southern at Heart on the Food Network for five seasons and even co-hosted The Bobby and Damaris Show with Bobby Flay.

Damaris Phillips attends The Players Tailgate hosted by Bobby Flay for Super LVIII on Feb. 11, 2024 in Las Vegas.
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Since then, Damaris has also appeared as a judge on Guy's Grocery Games and Kids BBQ Championship, so this is her first foray into the realm of judging a baking-specific contest!

When she competes, Damaris frequently raises money for the story program in Louisville, Ky. Born in Louisville, she still lives there with her now-husband, Darrick Wood.

Catch new episodes of Summer Baking Championship on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network. Stream the day next day on Max.

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