The Great American Baking Show

The Great American Baking Show is an American cooking competition television series and an adaptation of The Great British Bake Off (which is aired in the United States under the title The Great British Baking Show). Its first season aired on ABC under the title The Great Holiday Baking Show.[2] The show is the second licensed adaptation of the GBBO format in the United States. In 2013, CBS produced one season of The American Baking Competition, which was hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, with Paul Hollywood and Mexican-American chef Marcela Valladolid as judges.

The Great American Baking Show
Also known asThe Great Holiday Baking Show (season 1)
Created byRichard McKerrow
Anna Beattie
Directed byAndy Devonshire
Presented byNia Vardalos
Ian Gomez
Ayesha Curry
Anthony Adams
Emma Bunton
JudgesMary Berry
Johnny Iuzzini
Paul Hollywood
Sherry Yard
Theme music composerTom Howe
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes24 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Richard McKerrow
Kevin Bartel
Simon Evans
Faye Stapleton
Production location(s)Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios[1]
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Love Productions USA
Original networkABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseNovember 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) 
Related showsThe Great British Bake Off
The American Baking Competition (2013)
External links

The first two seasons were hosted by Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, with Mary Berry from the original GBBO series and American pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini as judges.[3][4] The third season was hosted by cookbook author Ayesha Curry and former football player Anthony Adams. Iuzzini returned as judge and was joined by original GBBO judge Paul Hollywood.[5][6] The season was pulled off schedule following sexual harassment allegations against judge Iuzzini, who was officially fired from the show and ABC.[7][8] On May 4, 2018, the show was renewed for a fourth season.[9]

On August 1, 2019, the show was renewed for a fifth season which premiered on December 12, 2019.[10]

Hosts and judges

Hosts/Judges Season
1 2 3 4 5
Anthony Adams Host
Emma Bunton Host
Paul Hollywood Judge
Sherry Yard Judge
Nia Vardalos Host
Ian Gomez Host
Ayesha Curry Host
Mary Berry Judge
Johnny Iuzzini Judge

Season overview

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Winner Runners-up Average viewers
1 4 November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21) Lauren Katz Nicole Silva 3.97
Tim Samson
2 8 December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01) January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12) Amanda Faber Stephanie Chen 4.39
3 2[12]
(4 unaired)
December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)[6] Vallery Lomas Cindy Maliniak 3.84
Molly Brodak
4 6 December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06) December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20) Tina Zaccardi Amanda Nguyen 3.44
Andrea Maranville
5 December 12, 2019 (2019-12-12)

Season 1 (2015)

Season 1 aired under the title The Great Holiday Baking Show and marked a return of the GBBO format to American television after the cancellation of CBS' 2013 series The American Baking Competition. Six bakers participated in the first ABC season. The season was won by Lauren Katz, beating out Nicole Silva and Tim Samson in the finale.

Season 2 (2016–17)

Season 2 returned the following year as The Great American Baking Show with ten bakers and an eight-week competition. The season was won by Amanda Faber, with Stephanie Chen as the runner-up.

Season 3 (2017)

The third season began airing December 7, 2017 with a two-hour premiere.[6] It is the first season hosted by Curry and Adams and for judge Hollywood who last appeared on the 2013 CBS version of the show. This season, baker Antoinette Love, withdrew following a family death, returned to the competition. The season was withdrawn from ABC's schedule on December 13, 2017 following allegations of sexual misconduct by Iuzzini.[7] ABC announced that it would not air the remaining episodes.[13] On December 21, 2017, the day the season finale would have been broadcast, ABC announced that Vallery Lomas won the competition with Cindy Maliniak and Molly Brodak finishing as runners-up.[14]

Season 4 (2018)

The fourth season premiered December 6, 2018, under the title The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. Adams returned for his second season as host, with former Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton as new host. Joining Paul Hollywood on the judging panel is American pastry chef and restaurateur, Sherry Yard.[15] The season was won by Tina Zaccardi. Amanda Nguyen and Andrea Maranville finished as runners-up.

Season 5 (2019)

The fifth season premiered December 12, 2019, with all hosts, Emma Bunton and Spice Adams and judges, Paul Hollywood and Sherry Yard, returning for the second Holiday Edition.

The contestants entering the tent are Dana Commandatore, Sarita Gelner, Bianca Jackson, Carlos Marquina, Sally Newton, Tanya Clark Ott, Helen Spencer Pantazis, Marissa Troeschel, Alex Willis & and Friar, Brother Andrew

The first theme of the double episode was “Cake Week” which gave Alex Willis the Star Baker title and saw Helen Spencer Pantazis sent home. The Second episode was Bread Week with Brother Andrew as “Star Baker” and Carlos Marquis sent home.


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