Local Peorian celebrates premiere of TLC show

By Chad Weber

November 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:09 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- While many of us are still recovering from that Thanksgiving feast, one local chef still has baking on her mind.

It was a raucous applause welcoming home Jessica Reyling Monday night.

They were celebrating the the premiere of the new TLC show The Next Great Baker, on which Reyling is a contestant.

"I did not know what to expect," said Reyling. "I had never been on television, I had never been mic'd, I had never been in lights."

Reyling, a Peoria Native, said she didn't expect to make the show at all when she first applied.

Her husband, however, wasn't surprised at all.

"I knew she was going to do well," said Scott Reyling, "she makes great cakes and it tastes great, I know that from experience."

Jess competed with 13 other contestant's in the show hosted by the Cake Boss's Buddy Valastro for a grand prize of $100,000 dollars.

The show focuses on the decorating side of baking which Jess says fits right into her style.

"I tend to look at everyday things and see cake decorating in them," said Reyling, "like dresses and clothes, architecture, certain textures, I say 'oh, this would be so awesome as a cake.'"

The mother of three, Jess says she has received overwhelming support from the community during her time away.

"I learned the most how much it really does take the love and support of your family to really pursue something especially as big as this," said Reyling. "Especially when your going to be gone and you can't talk to them very much. Just get out there and do it, if you've got something deep in your heart that you've been kinda hem-hawing around about you gotta put your self out there or else it's never going to happen."

As for the results of the show, Jess is keeping her lips shut.

"You'll have to watch to see how I did, sorry," said Reyling.

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