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Portsmouth 10-Year-Old Is Honored For Finishing Big on National Baking Show



After 10 weeks of mixing, stirring and slicing, Kaniyah Cary finished among the Top 3 contestants of the “Kids Baking Championship” show on the Food Network. Her fellow competitor, Aidan, was crowned champion. Kaniyah congratulated him with a hug and well wishes.

To celebrate Kaniyah’s achievement, Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracy III honored her this week at her school, Churchland Primary & Intermediate School.

“I had a great experience on the show. We had ups and downs and funny moments, too,” she said. “Plus, I had an opportunity to go to California.”

Even though she wasn’t crowned champion, Kaniyah still shared encouraging advice for other students: “Always follow your dreams.”

Kaniyah, a 10-year-old student, competed against 11 other bakers on national television. She was the only local contestant on the popular show featuring actress Valerie Bertinelli and celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman.


Kaniyah baked carnival-themed cupcakes, volcano Bundt cakes, éclairs and other sweet treats. On the “Superhero Grand Finale,” Kaniyah prepared a lemon, blueberry, rosemary cake called “Catastrophe Girl.”

Kaniyah plans to continue baking more tasty treats for years to come!

For more information about Kaniyah and her lifelong love for of baking, visit

Contestants Brooke Cumberland, Dylin Musgrove, Reese Smith, Keili Gorczyca, Audra Tow, Justice Faustina, Maya Jindal, Jason Intravartolo, Kaniyah Cary, Cole Frederickson, Charlotte D’Arabian and Aidan Berry, as seen on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship, Season 3.

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