Architecture Student Competes in TV Series Bake-Off

Two men wearing aprons in a kitchen apply icing to a cake in the shape of a pig standing at a fence

Juan Lopez (B.Arch '23), left, and his father working on their cake during filming. photo / Disney Family

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September 20, 2018

First-year architecture student Juan Lopez Jr. (B.Arch. '23) and his father, Juan Lopez Sr., will appear in an episode of the new series Bake It Like Buddy, on September 22 at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Family cable network. The baking competition show is hosted by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series Cake Boss.

How did an architecture student and his father end up baking whimsical pigs on cable TV? Juan Jr. explains that his parents own a pastry shop in New Jersey, and when an opportunity to audition for Bake It Like Buddy arose about a year ago, the father and son duo auditioned, were cast, and filmed an episode.

"I've helped out with the family business for years," Lopez says. "And I've gained an interest in baking outside of the business because of how fun it is to mix flavors, create something new, and have something delicious to eat once it's all done!"

Bake It Like Buddy features a weekly bake-off between two "creative baking family duos" at Valastro's family-owned Carlo's Bakery, in Hoboken, New Jersey. According to a press release, the teams have four hours to design, bake, and decorate a specialty cake, aided by Valastro, his family members, and Carlo's Bakery staff. The contestants — from professionals to emerging chefs to passionate weekend bakers — are then judged on the results of the challenge as they compete for the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, professional baking supplies, and "bragging rights."

The series premiered on September 8. New half-hour episodes stream live on the Discovery Family Go app and are available on demand the following day.

As a high school student, Lopez attended AAP's 2017 Introduction to Architecture Summer Program as a Cornell Future Architects Award recipient.

By Patti Witten