Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship features Miami chef Shawne Bryan

Shawne Bryan competed in Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship, which airs Sunday. (Food Network)

Shawne Bryan has 50,000 reasons to keep quiet.

The Miami-based pastry chef can’t let slip how well he did Food Network’s new nine-episode show, Holiday Baking Championship, which airs Sunday at 6 p.m. He wouldn’t want to have to give back the $50,000 championship prize — that is, *if* he won it.

“I’m keeping my lips sealed,” he said last week.

Bryan, a Bahamian native, has been a pastry chef in Miami for the last seven years in the kitchens at Komodo, KYU, Zuma and Juvia. He recently is working on a new project in the Bahamas, where he is helping lead the pastry staff at the Albany resort in New Providence.

But the project that may bring him the most notoriety is Sunday’s premiere of the baking championship. The show is hosted by chef Bobby Deen (son of Southern chef Paula Deen), and pits nine pastry chefs against one another for seven weeks. Inspiration for the holiday-themed challenges range from ugly sweaters to Grandma’s cookies.

And its the chef working at a pace they never have before.

“It’s high-paced, it’s fun. It puts you in a different element than what you’re used to,” Bryan said.

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