The Great Australian Bake Off

The Great Australian Bake Off is an Australian television baking series that is based on the BBC baking competition The Great British Bake Off.[1] The series first premiered on 9 July 2013 on the Nine Network and ran for one season with presenters Shane Jacobson and Anna Gare and judges Dan Lepard and Kerry Vincent.[2]

The Great Australian Bake Off
GenreBaking, cooking
Presented by
Judges
Opening theme"Build Me Up Buttercup" by Mike d'Abo & Tony Macaulay (Season 1)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes39
Production
Executive producer(s)Lara Hopkins (2013)
Producer(s)Euan Jones (2013)
Leigh McSwan (2013)
Dana Michell (2013)
Production location(s)Werribee Park Mansion (2013)
Yaralla Estate (2015)
Sydney, New South Wales (2018-)
CinematographySam Collines (2013)
Editor(s)Anthony Cox (2013)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Love Productions (2013)
Fremantle Australia (2015-)
Release
Original networkNine Network (2013)
LifeStyle Food (2015-2016)
LifeStyle (2018-)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release9 July 2013 
present
External links
Website

On 1 April 2015 it was announced that the series had been picked up by pay television channel LifeStyle Food and production company FremantleMedia Australia for a second season which premiered on 13 October 2015 with presenters Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle and judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran.[3][4]

Format

The programme operates on a weekly elimination process to find the best all-round baker from the contestants who are all amateurs, where in each episode the bakers are tasked with 3 different challenges; a signature bake, a technical bake and a show-stopper. The bakes are critically examined by the judges who will then choose a "Baker of the week" and a baker that is eliminated from the competition. Ten contestants were chosen for the first season.

Signature Challenge: This challenge is for the amateur bakers to show off their tried-and-tested recipes that are rustic and altogether home-made-looking.
Technical Challenge: This challenge shows who can follow instructions, but who also has the technical knowledge and experience to produce the finished product. The bakers are all given the same recipe and are not told beforehand what the challenge will be. The finished product is ranked from worst to best, with the judges not knowing who produced which.
Showstopper Challenge: This challenge is for the bakers to show off their skills and talent. The judges are looking for a bake that is both of a professional appearance but also in taste.

Hosts and judges

Hosts/Judges Season
1 2 3 4 5
Current
Claire Hooper[5] Host
Mel Buttle[6] Host
Maggie Beer[7] Judge
Matt Moran[8] Judge
Former
Shane Jacobson Host
Anna Gare Host
Dan Lepard Judge
Kerry Vincent Judge

Season overview

Season Network Originally Aired Runners-up Winner Prize
Premiere Finale
One Nine Network 9 July 2013 27 August 2013 Jonathan Gurfinkel Nancy Ho Kitchen Renovation
Maria Vella Retreat Holiday
Two LifeStyle Food 13 October 2015 15 December 2015 Jasmin Hartley Sian Redgrave None
Suzy Stefanidis
Three 11 October 2016 14 December 2016 Monica Cavallaro Olivia McMahon
Antonio Marcona
Four LifeStyle 18 January 2018 22 March 2018 Barb Dunn Claudia Anton
Dave Yan
Five 3 October 2019 5 December 2019 David Hills Sunny Nasir Ahmad TBA
Dan Pasquali

Season 1 (2013)

Season 1 of The Great Australian Bake Off saw ten home bakers take part in a bake-off to test their baking skills as they battled to be crowned The Great Australian Bake Off's best amateur baker. Each week saw the bakers put through three challenges in a particular discipline.

The three finalists were Jonathan Gurfinkel, Maria Vella and Nancy Ho. On 27 August 2013, Nancy Ho was crowned the best amateur baker.[9]

BakerAgeOccupationHometownCompetition Status
Nancy Ho22Architecture GraduateBrisbane, QueenslandSeason Winner
Jonathan Gurfinkel35I.T. GuyMelbourne, VictoriaSeason Runner-Up
Maria Vella45Workplace TrainerMelbourne, VictoriaSeason Runner-Up
Monique Bowley30Former WNBL StarAdelaide, South AustraliaEliminated (Episode 7)
Brendan Garlick21Uni StudentSpringwood, New South WalesEliminated (Episode 6)
Julie Bonanno41Farm MumShepparton, VictoriaEliminated (Episode 5)
Mark Bartter52Chartered AccountantSydney, New South WalesEliminated (Episode 4)
Sara-Jane Smith30School TeacherMelbourne, VictoriaEliminated (Episode 3)
Bliss Nixon23Trivia HostGold Coast, QueenslandEliminated (Episode 2)
Steve Lovett28BoxerCanberra, Australian Capital TerritoryEliminated (Episode 1)

Season 2 (2015)

Season 2 of The Great Australian Bake Off will see twelve home bakers take part in a bake-off to test their baking skills as they battled to be crowned The Great Australian Bake Off's best amateur baker. The 10-part season will premiere on 13 October 2015.[10]

The three finalists were Jasmin Hartley, Sian Redgrave and Suzy Stefanidis. On 15 December 2015, Sian was crowned the best amateur baker.[11]

Baker Age Occupation Hometown Competition Status
Sian Redgrave23Fashion boutique stylistPerth, Western AustraliaSeason Winner
Jasmin Hartley27BaristaMackay, QueenslandSeason Runner-Up
Suzy Stefanidis45Stay at home mumMelbourne, VictoriaSeason Runner-Up
Angela Fleay47Truck driverMelbourne, VictoriaEliminated (Episode 9)
James Dunsmore31Food historianSydney, New South WalesEliminated (Episode 8)
Nathan Taylor19StudentPerth, Western AustraliaEliminated (Episode 7)
Ben Brown37Mining inventory plannerEmerald, QueenslandEliminated (Episode 6)
Brendan Eilola43IT specialistBrisbane, QueenslandEliminated (Episode 5)
Janice Tan34Management consultantSydney, New South WalesEliminated (Episode 4)
Meg Moorcroft20StudentAdelaide, South AustraliaEliminated (Episode 3)
Mariana Gates55Volunteer workerGold Coast, QueenslandEliminated (Episode 2)
Peter Rankin58DoctorMelbourne, VictoriaEliminated (Episode 1)

Season 3 (2016)

Season 3 of The Great Australian Bake Off will see twelve home bakers take part in a bake-off to test their baking skills as they battled to be crowned The Great Australian Bake Off's best amateur baker. The 10-part season will premiere on 11 October 2016.[12]

The three finalists were Monica Cavallaro, Olivia McMahon and Antonio Marcona. On 13 December 2016, Olivia was crowned the best amateur baker.[13]

Baker Age Occupation Hometown Competition Status
Olivia McMahon 37 Fine Dining Waitress Brisbane, Queensland Season Winner
Monica Cavallaro 43 Retail Manager Sydney, New South Wales Season Runner-Up
Antonio Marcora 16 School Student Sydney, New South Wales Season Runner-Up
Liesel Morgan 20 University Student Perth, Western Australia Eliminated (Episode 9)
Fiona Nguyen 32 Patent & Trademark Lawyer Brisbane, Queensland Eliminated (Episode 8)
James Rudd 26 IT Technical Support Perth, Western Australia Eliminated (Episode 7)
Noel Button 59 Retired Teacher Launceston, Tasmania Eliminated (Episode 6)
Jeremy Allan 30 Welding & Vessel Inspector Adelaide, South Australia Eliminated (Episode 5)
Bojan Petrovic 37 Tow Truck Business Owner Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Eliminated (Episode 4)
Diana Gyllen 29 Model Sydney, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 3)
Cheryl Roberts 59 Horse Trainer Berry, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 2)
Janette Betts 62 Palliative Care Nurse Melbourne, Victoria Eliminated (Episode 1)

Season 4 (2018)

Production on season 4 of the series began in May 2017.[14] It premiered on 18 January 2018, and moved from Lifestyle Food to the main LifeStyle channel.[15]

The three finalists were Claudia Anton, Barb Dunn & Dave Yan. On 22 March 2018, Claudia was crowned the best amateur baker.[16]

Baker Age Occupation Hometown Competition Status
Claudia Anton 48 Psychiatrist Melbourne, Victoria Season Winner
Barb Dunn 37 Finance Manager Brisbane, Queensland Season Runner-Up
Dave Yan 35 Accountant Sydney, New South Wales Season Runner-Up
Chris Asquith 32 System Administrator Newcastle, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 9)
Raeesa Khatree 37 Health Store Worker (Former lawyer) Brisbane, Queensland Eliminated (Episode 8)
Robert Harwood 34 I.T. Administrator Perth, Western Australia Eliminated (Episode 7)
Marcus Matear 27 Dentist Melbourne, Victoria Eliminated (Episode 6)
Michelle Trevorrow 64 Retiree Melbourne, Victoria Eliminated (Episode 5)
Emma Sievwright 23 Science Graduate Brisbane, Queensland Eliminated (Episode 4)
Max Fetiveau 28 Plasterer Brisbane, Queensland Eliminated (Episode 3)
Alex Papadopoulos 47 Building Material Importer Melbourne, Victoria Eliminated (Episode 2)
Jessica Osborne 28 Sales Co-ordinator Brisbane, Queensland Eliminated (Episode 1)

Season 5 (2019)

Season 5 of The Great Australian Bake Off will see twelve home bakers take part in a bake-off to test their baking skills as they battled to be crowned The Great Australian Bake Off's best amateur baker. The 10-part season will premiere on 3 October 2019.[17]

Baker Age Occupation Hometown Competition Status
Dan 35 Research Scientist Brisbane, Queensland
David 41 Project Manager Melbourne, Victoria
Sunny 26 PHD Science Student Sydney, New South Wales
Don 55 Superannuation Consultant Syndey, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 9)
Angela 36 Housewife Adelaide, South Australia Eliminated (Episode 8)
Wynn 36 Disability Services Manager Sydney, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 7)
Anston 28 Student Voice Officer Sydney, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 6)
Sue 70 Retired Bank Manager Sydney, New South Wales Eliminated (Episode 4)
Dennis 71 Retired Maths Teacher Melbourne, Victoria Eliminated (Episode 3)
Laura 22 Cafe Manager New South Wales Left (Episode 3)
Annette 48 Account Manager Gold Coast, Queensland Eliminated (Episode 2)
Zee 39 Marriage Celebrant Melbourne, Victoria Eliminated (Episode 1)

Ratings

Season Network Episodes Premiere Finale Average viewers Average rank Ref
Premiere date Premiere
ratings
Rank Finale date Grand Finale ratings Rank
1 Nine Network 8 9 July 2013 1,119,000 #5 27 August 2013 760,000 #13 834,000 #12 [18][19]
2 Lifestyle Food 10 13 October 2015 104,000 #1 15 December 2015 136,000 #1 108,000 #1 [20][21]
3 11 October 2016 96,000 #3 13 December 2016 140,000 #1 108,000 #2 [22][23]
4 LifeStyle 18 January 2018 103,000 #1 22 March 2018 162,000 #3 106,000 #2 [24][25]
5 3 October 2019 110,000 #1 # ' # [26]

Broadcast

Season Network Originally aired Episodes
Premiere Finale
1 Nine Network 9 July 2013 27 August 2013 8
2 LifeStyle Food 13 October 2015 15 December 2015 10
3 11 October 2016 13 December 2016
4 LifeStyle 18 January 2018 22 March 2018

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