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The Great American Baking Show

The Great American Baking Show

Photo Credit:  ABC/Michael Bourdillon
  • 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.
On Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 2 finale of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW. In the season ender, "The Finals," the two remaining bakers -- Stephanie Chen and Amanda Faber -- face three last challenges: The Signature, The Technical and The Showstopper. But this week, the bakes test the bakers' skills across a wide variety of disciplines. These are the most difficult challenges the bakers have faced so far, under the tightest time constraints, and, at this level, the judges will be looking at the tiniest of details, as they decide who walks away with the title. Family, friends and many familiar faces from the competition all gather for a large celebration party, where this year's winner is announced.


Other Titles

  • Title for Season 1: The Great Holiday Baking Show

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Love Productions