Meet the amateur Jewish baker winning over hearts and bellies on CBC TV

Steven Levitt competes in the first episode of the fifth season of The Great Canadian Baking Show. (Photo courtesy CBC Television)

Steven Levitt isn’t the first Jew to compete in CBC TV’s reality competition, The Great Canadian Baking Show. But he is the only one this season. And so far, he’s proven to be a pretty smart cookie, surviving the show’s first three weeks. That he won a couple competitions along the way is just the icing on the cake.

Not that he’s been able to to brag about it—until now. He and his rivals were whisked off to a secret location this past summer for eight weeks of filming, where judges separated the wheat from the chaff and voted off the least-deserving muffin makers.

But now that the show is airing, the tattooed, motorcycle-riding Jewish dad is free to break bread with The CJN Daily. How did he transform his pie-in-the-sky dream of pro baking into sweet reality? He gives us the straight answers—no sugarcoating.

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