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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

Each one-hour episode of this series 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. Beginning with the fourth season, the series title changed to THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION.

Hosted by Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez, Season 1 featured 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. Season 1 bakers were: Ainslie Forsum (Los Angeles, CA); Eddie Downs (Chicago, IL); Grace Langan (Staten Island, NY); Lauren Katz (Ashburn, VA); Nicole Silva (Hampton, GA); and Tim Samson (Wildwood, NJ).

The sophomore season 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 returned as hosts, while pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini is once again joined by Mary Berry to judge the competition. Season 2 bakers include: Amanda Faber (Atlanta, GA); Antoinette Love (Charlotte, NC); Ashlyn Morgan (Englewood, TN); Courtney Carey (Harlem, NY (Jennie Dembowski (Chicago, IL); Jeremiah Bills (Sacramento, CA); Michael Wolfe (Brooklyn, NY); Nancy Judd (Alpine, UT); Prachi Chaudhari (South Plainfield, NJ); Stephanie Chen (Los Angeles, CA). 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 returned with best-selling cookbook author and baker Paul Hollywood as judges. The new season featured 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).

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW returned for its fourth season 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 debuted three, two-hour installments of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION on consecutive Thursdays from 9-11pm, beginning December 6.

Season 5 of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION premiered on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC, with Emma Bunton, Anthony 'Spice' Adams, Sherry Yard and Paul Hollywood all returning. This season's bakers include: Dana Commandatore (Los Angeles, CA); Brother Andrew Corriente (Washington, DC); Sarita Gelner (St. Louis, MO); Bianca Jackson (Seattle, WA); Carlos Marquina (Ontario, CA); Sally Newton (Manhattan, KS); Tanya Ott (Bethalto, IL); Helen Pantazis (St. Louis, MO); Marissa Troeschel (Portland, OR); and Alex Willis (Los Angeles, CA). In the season opener, "Cake and Bread Week," on your marks, get set, bake! Cake and bread are on the menu when 10 aspiring bakers from around the country step into the famous white tent to tackle the challenges of cake and bread.
On Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 9-11pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 5 finale of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION. In the two-hour season ender, "Semi-Final and Final," the judges present the four remaining bakers -- Alex Willis, Brother Andrew Corriente, Dana Commandatore & Marissa Troeschel -- with their toughest challenges yet. With the bakers hoping to wow Paul and Sherry with their culinary creations, it's a showdown of sugar and spice as only one baker can be named America's Best Amateur Baker.


Other Titles

  • Title for Season 1: The Great Holiday Baking Show
  • Title for Seasons 4 & 5: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Love Productions