The 12-year-old girl from San Jose competes in the Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – A 12-year-old girl from San Jose decided to take up baking as a new hobby amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now she is baking her way up as a candidate for the Food Network’s “Kid Baking Championship”.

“When I started, it was when Corona hit. I really just had to find a passion and a hobby as all of my sports are pretty postponed,” said Bella Luu, contestant on the show. “I baked a lot! I baked twice a day and was absolutely obsessed with it.”

Luu found solace in filling her time with baking and learned to bake by watching videos on YouTube.

“It’s kind of a vent. You can only focus on one thing and that’s really my way of keeping my distance,” said Luu. “I just put my soul and heart into YouTube and learned a lot of different things, so to speak.”

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Luu’s favorite desserts are cakes, cupcakes and macarons. Her family members were her loyal taste testers as she found her way around the kitchen. She noticed her new talents when family and friends requested desserts for special occasions.

“I didn’t even think about starting a business and I kept getting business,” Luu said. “I realized that people really want my baked goods. My thing is to make people happy, to put work into one piece, and I love that aspect of it.”

Her family started watching baking shows on the Food Network a few years ago, and Luu was thrilled to see children compete in the Kids Baking Championship.

“When I saw these kids baking, I said, oh my god. These kids are absolutely child prodigies,” Luu said. “How do people do this? It just made me learn more too.”

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Luu was looking for recipes when she came across a link searching for young bakers for Season 9 of the Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship”.

“I told my parents and thought I wanted to, said Luu.” The next day I actually got the call back, which is really exciting. When I got there I thought they picked such a good cast because we are so closely connected. I am very happy to have friends who are interested in what I love to do. “

If Luu wins, she hopes to spend her prize money on a little puppy like her sister. In the future, she hopes to open a business in the food industry.

Bella Luu will compete for a prize of US $ 25,000 on Monday evening at 9 pm in the ninth season of the Food Network’s “Kid Baking Championship”

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