Paul Conti was a former contestant on the third season of Next Great Baker and a former employee at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. After Hurricane Sandy struck, Paul lost his home and his job, and went to Buddy for help. Buddy, feeling sorry for him, gave him a job at the bakery until he could find another job. Paul and Ashley Holt, the Season 3-winner of Next Great Baker, didn't really get along, but were willing to put up with each other during the brief time they were coworkers and Ashley admitted that she did feel kind of bad for Paul after hearing what happened to him. Paul eventually managed to score a job working for a baking supply company.