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Oct. 25, 2021 | Monday
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Greatest Baker contestant advances, but needs support in latest round

NOTL’s Rebecca van der Zalm has advanced to the second round of the Greatest Baker competition, a global votes-based contest on the hunt for talented bakers.

If she can secure enough votes this week she will move on to the next stage.

As of Wednesday, she was in fifrth place in her group. The top five in each group will continue to the next round.

Voting for this round ends Thursday, Nov. 12, and you can vote for van der Zalm at

She said she signed up for the competition after suggestions from friends and family and is happy she decided to take the leap.

Van der Zalm balances her time between full-time employment as a compounding pharmacy assistant at Simpson’s Pharmacy, a volunteer firefighter with the NOTL Fire Department, making time for friends and family and building her baking business, Baking by Becs.

The business, mainly a weekend affair, began as a hobby and grew from there. Now, she aspires to open her own bakery and storefront and hopes to progress far enough along in this contest to make those dreams a reality.

Supporters can vote once a day through the site, or a "hero vote" can be purchased, with proceeds going to the No Kid Hungry Foundation.