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Holiday Baking Championship

Holiday Baking Championship

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  • 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 (Season 4) 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 2 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. 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. Season 4 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).
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Tonight (Monday, November 20, 2017) at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premieres "Thanksgiving Genius," a new episode of HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. In the pre-heat, seven bakers must create a Thanksgiving dessert using a mystery canned fruit. Then in the main heat, bakers whip up new Turkey Day sensations by combining two traditional desserts.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment