New Jersey baker wins Food Network contest

Remember a few months ago when I told you about two New Jersey bakers who were on Food Network shows? Well, one of them came home a winner.

Jaleesa Mason, co-owner of Mo and Jay Pastry in Little Falls, won the Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship,” beating 11 other bakers for the title and the $25,000 prize.

The cake she made in the finale, a chocolate confectionery, will be available for purchase at Mo and Jay’s this weekend. She prepared the recipes she made on the show week after week for her customers.

According to, the finale was taped months ago and she had to keep her win a secret even from her husband. The show was filmed last summer; keeping it a secret for so long must have been difficult.

Mo & Jay Pastry via Facebook

Mo & Jay Pastry via Facebook

Mo and Jay at the watch party.

The Spring Baking Championship is described by the Food Network like this:

Host Molly Yeh presents the bakers with weekly challenges based on her life on the farm, as they must deliver fresh, delicious, springtime treats to judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller and Duff Goldman.

Mo & Jay Pastry via Facebook

Mo & Jay Pastry via Facebook

She had a lot of supporters in the area.

Mo & Jay Pastry via Facebook

Mo & Jay Pastry via Facebook

She and her husband run the wholesale bakery.

Congratulations to Jaleesa, the pride of Jersey!

Asked by host Molly Yeh what she had planned for the $25,000 top prize, Jaleesa said she wanted to update some of her bakery’s equipment, according to

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