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3 St. Louis-Area Women Compete On ABC’s 'Great American Baking Show' Holiday Special

Local bakers Tanya Ott (at left) and Helen Pantazis joined Tuesday's show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The bi-state area was particularly well represented on TVs across the nation last Thursday evening during a two-hour ABC “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition” premiere. Three of the 10 talented bakers competing in the first episode of this fifth season call the region home.

They include Tanya Ott of Bethalto, Illinois; Sarita Gelner of Chesterfield, Missouri; and Helen Pantazis of Maplewood, Missouri.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske went behind the scenes with Ott and Pantazis. They discussed their experiences on the popular show (which is also available via Hulu) — and their ambitions beyond the camera.

Listen to the conversation:

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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