Michigan man quits corporate business for baking and lands on Food Network for $ 25,000

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He gave up his day job to follow his passion for baking. This passion has now given him a Food web contest for a chance to win $ 25,000.

Jonathan peregrino worked in sales and marketing for 15 years before moving to baking. He is now participating in Season 7 of Food Network “Holiday Pastry Championship, Which premieres tonight, Monday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

“I used to work at Federal-Mogul, which is now called DRiV. I left in 2018 and went to pastry school in the Philippines. My parents are both from there and my grandmother spends most of her time there. So it was a great opportunity to reconnect with my heritage and spend time with my family.

Peregrino has lived in Michigan since arriving in Ann Arbor from Indiana in 2014. He recently moved to Detroit where he lives and works as a baker. How he got to the Holiday Baking Championship was a bit unusual. He didn’t even apply for the show. The producers found it.

“At the end of June, I received a message on my Instagram page of the casting director. I thought it was a joke, but I accepted it. We started chatting and finally spoke on the phone. A Skype interview was then scheduled. They said they might have an opening on the vacation show and a week later told me they were doing a background check and asked me to come to California a week later.

Peregrino says the whole process of being on the show took about a month. After going to California he quarantined for a few days, took a COVID test and started recording the show.

Currently, Peregrino has two bakery jobs. He is a head baker at Coffee and craft drinks in Canton and a pastry assistant in Oak and coil Italian restaurant in Detroit where he works under the direction of 2 Michelin star chef Jared Gadbaw. Peregrino tells MLive that he hopes to one day open his own bakery.

“Holiday Baking Championship” has 12 participants in total. It is hosted by Jesse Palmer. The judges are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall. Season 7 has eight episodes.

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