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Holiday Baking Championship

Holiday Baking Championship

  • Premiered: 
    November 9, 2014
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Jesse Palmer (Seasons 4-6) or Bobby Deen (Seasons 1-3), HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP is an elimination culinary competition series that follows eight or nine bakers who show off their holiday dessert traditions and baking skills, as they vie for the $50,000 grand prize. Except for the finale, each one-hour episode features two rounds. In the pre-heat round, one contestant can win a special advantage they can use in the main heat challenge, where they must impress three judges -- Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller, and Lorraine Pascale -- or risk being sent home. In the pre-heat round, the competitors partake in one of the following challenges: making the best holiday cookies, using only baking tools that are wrapped inside their presents; creating a swirled treat using eggnog; making their best dessert using store-bought pie crust -- in only 30 minutes; taking the polarizing fruitcake someplace new; and using the classic holiday flavors of peppermint and hot chocolate in a dessert. During the main heat challenges, the cheftestants must: use holiday ingredients to create three different kinds of cookies; play nice with varieties of sugar and spice for their second dessert; create three different pies with three different crusts; reinvent the biggest holiday cake of all, the yule log; and create a blown-out holiday breakfast complete with three sweet dishes. In the finale, the three remaining bakers have just one challenge, but it's a massive one. Each baker taps into a favorite holiday memory and then constructs gingerbread worlds filled with all sorts of treats. The baker who can impress the judges the most will take home $50,000. Season 1 competitors include: Season 1: David Bondarchuck (Denver, CO); Erin Campbell (Palmdale, CA); Punky Egan (Madison, WI); Stephanie Hart (Chicago, IL);Naylet Larochelle (Miami, FL); Bill Lipscomb (Atlanta, GA); Dante Marasco (Annapolis, MD); and Terra Nelson (Louisville, KY).

The sophomore season of HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with host Bobby Deen and judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller, and Lorraine Pascale all returning for an eight-episode second season. On the first episode, the bakers' go nuts for the holidays. In the pre-heat round, the competitors select a nutcracker to reveal their assigned classic holiday nut with possibilities ranging from chestnuts, walnuts, pecans, to almonds that must be incorporated into their chocolate-nutty confection. The contestant with the best treat wins a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they must highlight their favorite holiday memory in the form of a decorated pie. Bakers in Season 2 are: Adalberto Diaz (Salt Lake City, UT); Briana Johnson (Dallas, TX); Steve Konopelski (Denton, MD); Melody Larsen (Mesa, AZ); John Marasco (Westlake Village, CA); Haley Miller (Beaver Dam, KY); Padua Player (Washington, D.C.); Maeve Rochford (San Diego, CA); Joe Settepani (Staten Island, NY); Susan Steffan (Galena, IL).

Season 3 of HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Cookie challenges that are inspired by dear old grandma, dessert competitions that celebrate ugly holiday sweaters, and pie contests that require everything to be made by hand fill this scrumptious seven-week competition. On the season premiere, the bakers are tested to turn classic seasonal beverages, such as apple cider, hot chocolate and eggnog, into custom-made confections. The contestant with the best treat will win a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they must show off their decorating skills by creating a filled Bundt cake designed like a wreath. Throughout the rest of the season, the contestants must tackle tough challenges from baking without appliances, to creating Thanksgiving imposter cupcakes, and to putting a fresh spin on a classic yule log. Each week one baker will crumble in the competition and get sent home. Then, in the grand finale, the three remaining bakers must use their imaginations to create North Pole-inspired treats, but only one will impress the judges to win $50,000 and title of Holiday Baking Champion. Plus, each week fans can join judge Duff Goldman online for an original web series Duff's Sweet Spot, where he will share his take on the competition's sweet challenges, as well as tips and recipes for home cooks to try his magical desserts in their own kitchens. Competitors in the third season are: Shawne Bryan (Miami, FL); Maddie Carlos (Anoka, MN); Amber Croom (Vail, CO); Patti Curfman (Stayton, OR); Keli Fayard (Charlotte, NC); Matt Moratt (Guttenberg, NJ); Jason Smith (Grayson, KY); Cheryl Storms (Oakland, CA); and Vincenzo Vaccaro (Astoria, NY).

The fourth season of HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP premiered on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with new host Jesse Palmer and returning judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. This season's seven-week competition celebrates Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah. To kick off the new season, nine bakers must create eye-catching and tantalizing new holiday treats for seasonal parties. In the pre-heat, bakers create a dessert with an unusual candy cane flavor and then, for the main heat, they use a holiday cocktail as sweet inspiration. One unlucky baker goes home. Competitors for Season 4 include: Jennifer Barney (La Crosse, WI); Ian Barthley (Upper Marlboro, MD); Stephany Buswell (Santa Cruz, CA); Aristo Camburako (Kansas City, MO); Andra Chisholm (Daytona Beach, FL); Aveed Dai (Chicago, IL); Joshua Livsey (Boston, MA); Pablo Sanchez (Atlanta, GA); and Amy Strickland (Lake City, FL).

On Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the seven-episode fifth season of HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, with host Jesse Palmer and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale all returning. In Season 5, nine talented bakers whisk, fold, and frost their way through difficult challenges, but only one will 'sleigh' the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured in an original video on and in a feature in Food Network Magazine. Competitors for Season 5 include: Lerome Campbell (Naples, FL); Sherry Clarke (East Lyme, CT); Jamie Decena (Chula Vista, CA); Julia Perugini (Maricopa, AZ); Douglas Phillips (Ayer, MA); Dan Raymond (Castleton, NY); Nolan Schooley (Sanford, MI); Sarah Lucia Tafur (Miami, FL); and Chantal Thomas (Windsor, CT).

HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP returned for its sixth season on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, immediately followed by a one-hour special at 10pm. Season 6 opens with a new batch of holiday bakers and even more decadent holiday desserts. Host Jesse Palmer,along with judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, test the skills of ten talented bakers as they whisk, fold and frost their way through difficult challenges throughout the eight episodes. From yule log mashups to eggnog cakes, only one will 'sleigh' the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured on the new Food Network Kitchen app. The 10 competitors for Season 6 are: Geoffrey Blount (Myrtle Beach, SC); Jennifer Clifford (Moultonborough, NH); Kobe Doan (Boston, MA); Janet Letendre (Malakwa, BC); Devon Maciver (Claremont, CA); Dwight Penney (Pittsburgh, PA); Maria Short (Hilo, HI); Cedrick Simpson (Atlanta, GA); Sarah Wallace (Boston, MA); and Melissa Yanc (Healdsburg, CA).
On Monday, December 23, 2019, Food Network premiered "Christmas Day Delights," the Season 6 finale of HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a holiday brunch, so Jesse Palmer challenges the three remaining bakers -- Sarah Wallace, Jennifer Clifford & Melissa Yanc -- to make a Christmas morning brunch using the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon and eggnog. In the final round, the bakers must create cakes that are plaid both on the inside and the outside. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale crown one baker the Holiday Baking Champion and award the $25,000 prize.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment