Rome, Georgia, baker competing in Food Network series

Kevin Dillmon vying for 'Spring Baking Championship' title

Kevin Dillmon has owned Honeymoon Bakery in Rome, Georgia, for 12 years. / Food Network Photo

Kevin Dillmon's a fan of Food Network's baking shows, and every season that he has watched with his family, they've pushed him to audition.

Monday night, a new season of "Spring Baking Championship" begins - and Dillmon is one of the 10 bakers who will vie for bragging rights and a $25,000 prize.

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“Spring Baking Championship” season premiere is Monday, March 18, at 9 p.m. on Food Network.

Dillmon, 44, a Rome, Georgia, resident, is owner of Honeymoon Bakery. While he modestly downplays himself as a "self-taught, small-town baker," he is actually quite accomplished.

From the ages of 18 to 21, he did an apprenticeship in Italy. When he returned to the United States, he worked for a North Carolina catering company, then worked as a corporate pastry chef for a group of restaurants.

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