The Great American Baking Show

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  • TV-PG
  • 2016
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (859)

The Great American Baking Show is a television baking competition series that was broadcast on ABC in the United States in 2015. The show is an adaptation of the successful BBC series, The Great British Bake Off, which has been running in the UK since 2010. The judges for the US version are Johnny Iuzzini, a renowned pastry chef, and Mary Berry, a well-known British chef and cookbook author. The hosts of the show are Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez.

The series is set in a beautiful tent on the grounds of a mansion, where the bakers compete in a series of challenges, from signature bakes to technical bakes, ending with the showstopper bake. The bakers are judged on creativity, presentation, and taste, with the weakest baker being eliminated each week.

The show is populated by a diverse group of amateur bakers, from all over the United States, who are passionate about baking and eager to test their skills against each other. There are home cooks, bloggers, grandparents, and college students among the contestants, all with unique perspectives on baking and different areas of expertise.

The bakers are given a brief and a time limit for each challenge, and then they must create a masterpiece from scratch. The challenges are designed to be difficult and to push the limits of the bakers' skills and creativity. For instance, in one challenge, the bakers are asked to make a cake that looks like a tree stump, complete with mushrooms and flowers made of sugar. In another challenge, the bakers are asked to make different flavors of macarons, a notoriously difficult French cookie.

Throughout each episode, the judges offer critiques to each baker, giving them feedback on their creations and advice on how to improve their techniques. The judges are friendly and supportive, treating the bakers with respect and kindness, even when they make mistakes.

The hosts of the show, Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, add humor and heart to the proceedings, helping to keep the mood light and the atmosphere fun. They talk to the bakers and offer words of encouragement, making sure that everyone feels comfortable and at ease.

One of the most appealing things about the show is that it's a celebration of baking as an art form. The bakers are passionate and creative, and they use baking as a way to explore their own personalities and express their unique point of view. The show is also a reminder of the importance of community and how baking can bring people together.

In conclusion, The Great American Baking Show is a wonderful show for anyone who loves to bake or who loves beautiful, creative desserts. The challenges are difficult, the bakers are talented and diverse, and the judges are knowledgeable and supportive. If you're looking for a show that will inspire you to try new things in the kitchen, this is definitely the show for you.

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Semi-Final and Final
3. Semi-Final and Final
December 20, 2018
On your marks, get set, bake! Five finalists remain in the tent as they face their final three bakes, all hoping to make it to the final round. With their toughest challenges ahead, like French custards and cakes, the heat is on where only one baker will be named America's Best Amateur Baker.
Cookie and Bread Week
2. Cookie and Bread Week
December 13, 2018
On your marks, get set, bake! This week, the bakers return to the tent to test their skills at making decadent and delicious cookies and breads.
Cake and Pastry Week
1. Cake and Pastry Week
December 6, 2018
On your marks, get set, bake! It's a double dose of spice this holiday season when the most festive and friendliest competition on television returns with new host, Emma Bunton (Spice Girls), Anthony "Spice" Adams, veteran judge Paul Hollywood (The Great British Bake Off) and new judge, three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard, when Season 4 of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition premieres with slices of cake, and sweet and savory pastries.
  • Premiere Date
    December 1, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (859)