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Fort Myers girl competing in Food Network baking show

Riya Shah
Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-10 07:51:16-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — She's been cooking since she was seven and now she is taking her talents to a bigger stage.

Riya Shah of Fort Myers is only eleven-years-old. She started baking with her mom.

As her skills developed, she wanted to challenge herself, so she applied to a baking contest. She was delighted to be cast in Food Network's Kids Baking Championship, which premiered Dec. 27.

“It's like a really big deal. Just get there. So like my hope was just to get there at that point," she said.

Riya said the competition was a lot of pressure, but she had a lot of fun filming it. She said she loves making macaroons.

She also shares her treats on Instagram!

"Kids Baking Championship" airs through Feb. 21.