The first season of Joanna Gaines’ Silos Baking Competition aired Sunday and is streaming now on Discovery+. During the season, home bakers competed to win the golden whisk trophy and a chance to feature their desserts at Joanna’s bakery in Waco, Texas. The series follows Chip and Joanna, hosts of the HGTV hit Fixer Upper, as they judge and mentor contestants.
After a riveting six-episode season, the final five bakers — Jake Hagen, Jessica Juma, Danise Lee, Lu Aussem and Thomas Fooshee — each cooked up a treat to impress Joanna and her panel of judges. But who was crowned champion? We sat down with finalists and guest judge Zoe Francois (of Food Network’s The Great American Baking Show) to find out.
Ultimately, the judges decided to crown Annie Paul as the winner of the show, which features home bakers competing for a chance to have their dessert featured at Joanna and Chip’s Silos Bakery Co. in Waco, Texas. The Ottawa woman, who is an ER nurse by day, impressed the judges with her Summer Berry Bars and earned herself the $25,000 grand prize.
The Zeeland native has baked for her entire life — first as a hobby and then in her role at AP Baked Goods in her small town of Zeeland. When she heard about the competition, she decided to apply and was chosen as a top competitor. Her winning dish, Devil Cakes — decadent chocolate cake sandwiches with vanilla frosting in the middle — was inspired by her childhood and her local bakery.