BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Her Halloween haunted house won the first round of the Food Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship” as Renee Loranger of Bay St. Louis competes with 10 bakers from across the country for the prize of $25,000.
The series, one of several Halloween-themed shows on the Food Network, premiered Sept. 14. A new episode debuts each Monday at 8 p.m., leading up to Halloween. A contestant is eliminated at the end of each episode while the others move on to a new challenge.
“I have never done anything for TV before, but it has always been a dream to be on one of the Food Network shows,” said Loranger, an executive pastry chef and cake designer. “I especially like the Halloween Baking Championship show. So I was super excited to be chosen for that show in particular.”
She was at a dinner party at her friends’ house when she got the call that she was selected as a contestant.
“They were all cheering while I was on the phone, and were just as excited as I was. I have very supportive friends and we all can’t wait to watch the show,” she said.
After her chocolate haunted house wowed the judges, she and the other contestants moved on to bake desserts for a vampire buffet, a demon doll cake and other frightful Halloween creations.
Carla Hall is the host of the show and joins Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young to judge the competitions.
Loranger has entered cooking championships before and has become accustomed to challenges, first with Hurricane Katrina and most recently with the coronavirus.
She moved from California to the Gulf Coast in 2000, captivated by the area’s small-town feeling with a beach vibe.
“The Mississippi Gulf Coast is really beautiful, and I am super proud to represent the area,” she said.
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