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Your Afternoon diversion: quite possibly the sexiest baker ever (safe for work)

Your Afternoon diversion: quite possibly the sexiest baker ever (safe for work)

Ok, he could so totally bake for me.

Is baking sexy? What about manly?

Hoosier James Reddick — who started baking when he was homesick after he moved to Los Angeles — intends to prove that baking is both sexy and manly.

The 26-year-old photographer from Morristown, Ind., is among 10 amateur bakers competing in a new reality TV series, “The American Baking Competition,” which premieres Wednesday on CBS.

In the seven-episode series, contestants try to out-bake each other, with one contestant eliminated each week. The final challenge will be between the final three remaining contestants. The winner will be crowned the Best Amateur Baker in America, awarded a publishing contract to publish their own cookbook, and receive $250,000.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is host of the show, based on the UK hit, “The Great British Bake Off.” Celebrity chef and author Marcela Valladolid, host of the Food Network’s “Mexican Made Easy”; and English baker and celebrity baker Paul Hollywood, a judge on the British reality series, are judges on the show.

The 10 contestants — six women and four men, including a firefighter, attorney andcollege student — were selected from a nationwide search of amateur bakers at local casting bake-offs.

The 2005 graduate of Suburban Christian School in Greenwood — whose specialties are pies, cookies and pastries — talks about the show, his cooking and why he thinks baking is sexy.

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