Holiday Baking Championship

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  • TV-G
  • 2014
  • 10 Seasons
  • 7.5  (453)

Holiday Baking Championship is an American competitive reality television show that airs on Food Network. The show first premiered on November 9, 2014, and has since become an annual tradition leading up to the holiday season. The show features talented bakers from all across the United States, competing against each other in a variety of baking challenges to win a grand prize of $50,000.

The show is hosted by Nancy Fuller, a renowned chef, and restaurateur who is known for her farm-to-table cooking style. Nancy is joined by two other judges, Duff Goldman, a celebrity pastry chef, and Lorraine Pascale, a renowned British television personality and cookbook author. Together, they evaluate the bakers' creations and offer critiques to help them improve their skills.

Each episode of the show is centered around a specific holiday theme, such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. The bakers are given a variety of challenges that test their creativity, technical skills, and ability to think on their feet. The challenges range from baking traditional holiday desserts, like pumpkin pie and yule log, to creating unique and artistic showstoppers that impress the judges.

Throughout the competition, the bakers face elimination rounds where they must impress the judges with their dessert creations, or risk being sent home. The stakes get higher as the competition progresses, with the final episode featuring the top bakers competing head to head in a grand finale showdown.

What sets Holiday Baking Championship apart from other cooking competition shows is the festive atmosphere and the warm camaraderie between the contestants. Despite the high pressure and competitive nature of the show, the bakers are always supportive of each other and help each other out when needed. The judges, too, offer constructive criticism and encouragement to help the bakers improve their skills.

Holiday Baking Championship is a delightful and heartwarming show that will get you in the holiday spirit. The show's emphasis on traditional holiday desserts, combined with creative twists and challenges, makes it a fun and educational experience for viewers of all ages. Whether you are an experienced baker or simply enjoy watching others create delicious desserts, Holiday Baking Championship is a must-watch show that will leave you feeling inspired and festive.

Holiday Baking Championship is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (89 episodes). The series first aired on November 9, 2014.

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Holiday Gifts Galore
8. Holiday Gifts Galore
December 18, 2023
It's the season finale, and the last five bakers face three challenges. Christmas Eve is filled with so much excitement and so many gifts, and the sweetest gift of all is a plate of cookies for Santa. For the final preheat, host Jesse Palmer wants the bakers to upgrade those cookies by making macaron wreaths for judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller! The bottom two bakers battle it out to see who makes it to the final main heat by taking on a stocking-stuffed eclairs challenge. Then, its "All aboard!" as the remaining four bakers make showstopping, championship-worthy holiday train cakes with actual trains running through them! In the end, a Holiday Baking Champion is crowned and takes home $25,000!
Reasons for the Season
7. Reasons for the Season
December 11, 2023
For the semifinals, host Jesse Palmer explores the reasons behind some great holiday traditions. Kwanzaa is around the corner, and one of the most traditional ingredients to cook with is plantains, so the bakers craft Kwanzaa plantain desserts. Then in a team heat, Carla Hall celebrates a centuries-old tradition by crafting ornaments, inspiring baking teams to make large-scale edible ornaments in Holiday Baking's first ever T'Ornament of Tastiness! Another ageless holiday tradition is putting up a Christmas tree, so for the main heat, the bakers create blitz puff pastry Christmas tree pull-aparts for judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller to tear into!
Holiday Imagination
6. Holiday Imagination
December 4, 2023
Love you a latke! Hanukkah is almost here, and Nancy Fuller is teaching Jesse Palmer how to make a traditional latke. For the preheat, the bakers must use their imaginations as they take the latke basics and turn them into latke-inspired desserts. Then, the bakers really let their imaginations run wild in the main heat while creating letterboard holiday bars that feature cute sayings to put judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Beauty
5. Holiday Beauty
December 4, 2023
The Christmas Museum is filled with beautiful holiday designs, and host Jesse Palmer tasks the bakers with turning them into mini-tart mosaics. Since this week is all about holiday beauty, the bakers must make merry and bright double-barrel wrapping paper cakes that feel like the perfect gift for judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller.
Holiday Whimsy
4. Holiday Whimsy
November 27, 2023
Host Jesse Palmer is climbing the Alps and heading towards the highest peak: the beautiful Mont Blanc! For the preheat, the bakers must make whimsical Mont Blanc desserts with colors, playful flavors and whatever else they can imagine! The whimsy doesn't stop there as unexpected upside-down cakes force the bakers to impress judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller with their inner Willy Wonka when they make a cake, flip it upside-down and suspend it in midair!
Hallmarks of Thanksgiving
3. Hallmarks of Thanksgiving
November 20, 2023
Touchdown! For many families, Thanksgiving day means food and football! When host Jesse Palmer watches football, his must-have dish is 7-layer dip, so he challenges the bakers to create holiday 7-layer desserts inspired by his favorite snack. Then in the main heat, the games continue with the first ever Thanksgiving pie-off, where bakers go head-to-head baking the same flavor pie to win over judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller. The losing baker in each match automatically lands in the bottom.
Can't Wait for Turkey Day
2. Can't Wait for Turkey Day
November 13, 2023
Every Thanksgiving meal is centered around one vital component: the turkey! So for this preheat, host Jesse Palmer tasks the bakers with creating turkey dome desserts, complete with edible feathers and heads. Then, no Thanksgiving is complete without a beautifully set table, and the bakers show judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller their tablescaping skills by making mini Thanksgiving table cakes!
Season's Best
1. Season's Best
November 6, 2023
Jesse Palmer asks the bakers to combine two of the fall season's best treats and make seasonal coffee drink cinnamon rolls. The bakers create fall-themed yule logs before judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller decide who is rolling home.
Where to Watch Holiday Baking Championship
Holiday Baking Championship is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Holiday Baking Championship on demand at Max and Discovery+ and Amazon Prime and Philo and Amazon and Vudu and FuboTV and Sling and Google Play and Apple TV and Food Network and.
  • Premiere Date
    November 9, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (453)