Self-taught baker from Haverford to appear on Food Network baking show

Hadas Kuznits
January 03, 2020 - 2:59 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Haverford preteen will be on the Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship" show starting Monday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. 

Avner Schwartz says he first got in touch with The Food Network by reaching out to them on social media.

"I had made this giant cake that looked like a carrot and it happened to be carrot cake too, and I tagged Kids Baking Championship when I was posting it on Instagram and they had written back, commenting saying that I should apply," he said. 

At their suggestion, he applied.

"And the next thing I know, I'm listening to him Skyping with the culinary producer in New York and he's speaking a foreign language. For real. A foreign language," said his mom, Rachel Newman Schwartz.

And what's most impressive is that Schwartz, who has never taking a baking class, is completely self-taught.

"I've learned a lot from like YouTube and Tasty and all these cool websites and videos and cookbooks," the 12-year-old said. 

His mom says watching him in his element as they were filming in Los Angeles was profound.

"And he helps a girl who's in trouble, and the first episode I was sobbing because I had never seen him cook like that," she said. 

And while he can't divulge what happens on the show, Schwartz says the best part about the experience was meeting kids who are interested in the same thing that he loves to do.

"Some of them will be coming to my bar mitzvah this January, so I'm super excited to see them," he said.