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The Great American Baking Show

The Great American Baking Show

Photo Credit:  ABC/Mark Bourdillion
  • Premiered: 
    November 30, 2015
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the UK series The Great British Baking Show 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez, this series features six of the nation's best amateur bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned Holiday Baking Champion. During the competition, Johnny Iuzzini joins England's "Royal Queen of Baking" Mary Berry, as they judge the decadent fare these bakers create as they throw down their best culinary skills. Each one-hour episode features three challenges: the Signature Bake, with the chefs showcasing their own recipes; the Technical Bake, including a surprise recipe that is sometimes incomplete, during which the bakers must demonstrate precision and technique; and the Showstopper Bake, which forces the chefs to bake and decorate while focusing on flavors. Plus, each episode has its own theme: cookies, cakes, pastries and more. After its holiday-themed first season and airing as THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW, the series returned for its second season with a new title, THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, losing the holiday theme but still debuting between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Season 2 of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW premiered on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT, as ABC debuted back-to-back new episodes. For the new season, Nia Vardalos and husband Ian Gomez return as hosts, while pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini is once again joined by Mary Berry to judge the competition. For premiere night: Hour one (9pm) has cake as its theme. For their very first Signature Bake, the bakers are tasked with making bundt cakes inspired by winter flavors. Next up, a Technical Challenge of Mary Berry's recipe for apple almond cake. And lastly, The Showstopper Bake has these bakers constructing fantastical multi-tiered holiday celebration cakes. The theme for hour two (10pm) is cookies. In their Signature Challenge, the bakers tackle bar cookies, showcasing everything from compotes to crumbles. In the Technical, Johnny challenges the bakers with a cookie that must be baked twice -- biscotti. Then, in the Showstopper Bake, the bakers build elaborate 3D Iced Cookie Scenes. Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW premiered on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC, with Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams hosting. James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini returns with best-selling cookbook author and baker Paul Hollywood as judges. The new season features bakers from across the country battling through 18 total challenges with six challenges throughout each two-hour themed episode, all in the hopes of being crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker." Bakers for Season 3 include: Molly Brodak (Atlanta, GA); Nick Bryan (Los Angeles, CA); Hector De Haro (Glendale, CA); JC Greg (Kansas City, MO); Vallery Lomas (New York, NY); Antwine Love (Charlotte, NC); Cindy Malinak (Medway, MA); Bryan McKinnon (Alpine, UT); Jessie Salzbrun (Cincinnati, OH); and Kyle Schnippel (Cincinnati, OH).
Season 4 of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW premiered on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC with a new title -- THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION. The new season features a new host, Emma Bunton, who joins returning host Anthony 'Spice' Adams. Veteran judge Paul Hollywood returns for a second season, and he's joined by a new judge: three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard. Season 4 bakers include: Jason Arthur (Brooklyn, NY), John Blaney (Paso Robles, CA), Jill Campbell (Sacramento, CA), Destane Harris (Blue Island, IL), Jiwandeep Kohli (San Diego, CA), Andrea Maranville (Sherrill, NY), Amanda Nguyen (Tahoe City, CA), Cheryl Norris (Portland, OR), Chris Tucker (San Pedro, CA), and Tina Zaccardi (Eastchester, NY).

ABC debuts three, two-hour installments of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION on consecutive Thursdays from 9-11pm, beginning December 6:

"Cake and Pastry Week" (Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 9-11pm): The contestants prepare cakes and sweet and savory pastries this week.

"Cookie and Bread Week" (Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 9-11pm): This week, the bakers return to the tent to test their skills at making decadent and delicious cookies and breads.

"Semi-Final and Final" (Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 9-11pm): Five finalists remain in the tent as they face their final three bakes, all hoping to make it to the final round. With their toughest challenges ahead, like French custards and cakes, the heat is on where only one baker will be named America's Best Amateur Baker.


Other Titles

  • Title for Season 1: The Great Holiday Baking Show
  • Season 4 title: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Love Productions