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D’Von Mills, 12, From Lithonia Competes In Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’

D’Von Mills, a 12-year-old from Lithonia, Georgia, has expressed his love for cooking for more than half his young life.
D’Von Mills, a 12-year-old from Lithonia, Georgia, has expressed his love for cooking for more than half his young life.
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There is a saying that “cooking is love made visible.” D’Von Mills, a 12-year-old from Lithonia, Georgia, has expressed his love for cooking for more than half his young life. Mill’s cooking will be shown off on the Food Network’s new season of “Kids Baking Championship.”

He will be among 12 other talented young bakers in the competition. “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Mills and his mother, Sarah Sorhaindo, about his love of baking. The new season will premiere Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.

Mills has been cooking since he was 6 years old. His interest in cooking began after his mom started working two jobs.

“I started using the stove when she was at work, but I was very careful because I knew I wasn’t supposed to be using the stove,” said Mills. “Since my mom was working two jobs, she barely had time to cook for us. I just took it upon myself to start cooking.”

For the first time since the show premiered in 2015, the baker’s parents will be allowed backstage.

“It was amazing [watching him], but at the same time nerve-wracking,” Sorhaindo said. “I felt like I was on a never-ending roller coaster ride. One minute, it’s a bumpy road; one minute, it is sweet. It wasn’t easy.”

Mills enjoyed having his mother watch him on the sidelines.

Each episode of “Kids Baking Championship” will offer different challenges that the young bakers won’t know about beforehand. Some challenges include decorating mini cheesecakes, creating garden cakes, making a birthday cake for a puppy, creating a sheet pan pie, and more. The grand prize will be $25,000, a spot in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion. The final two episodes will premiere Feb. 15.

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