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Austinite competing for $100K on new Netflix series 'Baking Impossible'

The series pairs engineers with bakers to create out-of-this-world edible creations.

AUSTIN, Texas — If you need a Netflix show to binge, an Austin engineer will be on the new series "Baking Impossible." 

Mario Gayoso invited KVUE to his lab, where he doesn't do much cooking but a lot of building. 

"I do everything from designing, prototyping, 3D printing, laser cutting and finally electronics," said Gayoso.

All of those things are hobbies for Gayoso, but he turned it into an unforgettable opportunity. 

"I was approached by Netflix last year and, during COVID, asking me if I would like to be part of a competition show," said Gayoso. "I couldn't believe it at the beginning." 

According to Netflix, the company gathered some of the country's best bakers and smartest engineers to form nine teams to compete in various challenges to see who can create the best edible creations.

"I've never worked with chocolate, fondant or dough," said Gayoso. "Working with these new mediums was a challenge." 

The contestants are competing to win $100,000.

Gayoso can't say who won, but there is no secret that he left with more than he came with. 

"You have so much to learn, and you grow up as a person, you grow as a creative soul and you grow as a professional as well," said Gayoso. "I think we all nurture each other even though we were competing with each other." 

Gayoso lives in Austin, but his passion for science, like him, was born in Peru. 

"I saw my dad with these blueprints and the glasses and the calculators, and I used to steal the glasses, put them on and pretend that I understood all those numbers," said Gayoso.

From looking around his lab, it's hard to tell Gayoso's full-time job is marketing. He is also a magician. 

"I am going to put it in my hand like this and, poof, it's gone," said Gayoso.

While he is used to performing, seeing himself on one of the largest streaming platforms is something on another level. 

"I don't know if I will be able to sleep," said Gayoso. "It's been an amazing experience for me. I hope it's an experience for you as well." 

The series will be available on Netflix on Oct. 6. 

You can find his work here.


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