Meet the Sugar Showdown Judges

Get to know the judges from Cooking Channel's new competition show — including some familiar faces!

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Judging the Competition

On Sugar Showdown, a rotating group of judges will decide whose confections are sweet enough to take home $10,000.

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Josh Elkin

You may recognize the Sugar Showdown host from his wacky Web series, Epic Meal Time.

Duff Goldman

The Ace of Cakes himself is stepping up as a judge again after working on Donut Showdown and the Baking Championship series.

Elizabeth Falkner

Elizabeth was named one of America's best pastry chefs by Bon Appétit magazine and the James Beard Foundation, and you might have seen her as a judge on Chopped All-Stars, The Next Iron Chef and Food Network Challenge.

Elizabeth Chambers

Elizabeth owns San Antonio’s wildly popular Bird Bakery and appears frequently on E! News and CNBC.

Lorraine Pascale

You may recognize Lorrarine from her Cooking Channel show, Lorraine Pascale: How to Be a Better Cook. Or you may know her as a judge on various Baking Championship shows on Food Network — or as a model.

Jamika Pessoa

Jamika finished in fourth place on Food Network Star, Season 5. The Atlanta-based chef became known as the "Chef to the Stars" after being the go-to caterer for BET, Def Jam, Sony and more.

Yolanda Gampp

Yolanda is the host of popular YouTube show How to Cake It, in which she creates crazy novelty cakes.

Eddie Jackson

Eddie is a former NFL player who won Food Network Star in 2015. He is now a food truck owner, private chef and personal trainer dedicated to making healthy food that tastes good.

Laura Vitale 

Laura became an internet sensation with her YouTube show featuring Italian-inspired recipes from her grandmother. Now Laura shares her easy approach to cooking on Simply Laura.

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Elise Strachan

Elise is the creative force behind the YouTube channel and brand My Cupcake Addiction. She teaches viewers inventive ways to bake and decorate at home.

Francine Bryson

Author and baker Francine has won more than 200 national baking contests and was the crowd favorite on The American Baking Competition.

Johnny Iuzzini

Johnny has judging credibility as the top judge on Top Chef Just Desserts and was also the executive pastry chef at at New York landmarks Jean-Georges and Daniel.

Sherry Yard

Sherry Yard was Executive Pastry Chef for Wolfgang Puck's culinary empire for 20 years.

Kimberly Bailey

Contestants will have to impress Kimberly with their artistry, since she uses her art background to create mind-blowing cakes at The Butter End cake studio in Los Angeles.

Jeff Mahin

Jeff is the chef and co-owner of nine restaurants from D.C. to L.A., and you may have seen him on Forbes' and Zagat’s "30 Under 30" food industry lists.

Eden Grinshpan

Eden has traveled the world and shared her knowledge of global cuisine through her Cooking Channel shows Eden Eats and Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan.

Zane Caplansky

Zane was hailed as one of the "saviors of the classic Jewish deli" by The New York Times and Gourmet magazine.

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