Contestant Reflects on ‘Next Great Baker’

Chesterfield County resident Melissa Payne was among 13 competitors in the TLC show “Next Great Baker.” (Photos courtesy Melissa Payne)

BY ALIX HINES

DATE POSTED: 12/17/12 11:22 AM

Last year, Melissa Payne, owner of Couture Cake Creations and co-owner ofSweets Couture in Chesterfield County, tried out for TLC’s Next Great Baker. After not being chosen as a contestant on season two, she decided to try one more time and was hand-picked by Buddy Valastro, star of theCake Boss, to compete on the show for this season.

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