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Judge eliminates Pittsburgh's 'Next Great Baker'

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Pittsburgh paramedic Megan Hart won't be the "Next Great Baker" after all, but she's not giving up baking.

Hart, 38, of Lincoln Place was eliminated on this week's episode of TLC's "Next Great Baker" after part of the cake she was working on with two other contestants collapsed.

The competition, which began filming in August, started out with 13 contestants. With the elimination of Hart and another baker, Carmelo Oquendo, on this week's show, there are four bakers left. The show is a spinoff of "Cake Boss," and is judged by that show's star, Buddy Valestro. The winner will get $100,000, a four-page feature in Brides magazine, and a chance to work with Valestro and his team at Carlo's Bakery.

During Monday's show, the bakers were split into two teams of three to make a Heavy Metal Birthday Cake for Valestro's right-hand man and brother-in-law, Mauro Castano. Valestro was not impressed by either cake, leading him to eliminate two bakers.

The cake that Hart worked on had four layers and half of a guitar rising from the top. On the way to deliver the cake, the guitar fell off.

In a video blog she made after the elimination, Hart said she is starting on Feb. 1 as a cake designer for Dozen Bake Shop in Lawrenceville.

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