The Great Canadian Holiday Baking Show (S03E09): Holiday Week
Hosts Carolyn Taylor and Aurora Browne welcome four bakers from seasons past to The Great Canadian Baking Show Tent for the chance to become the first Holiday Star Baker.
Season 1 bakers, James and Vandana, join Season 2’s Megan and Timothy for three yuletide challenges. Judges Bruno Feldeisen and Kyla Kennaley taste and deliberate each bake to determine the winner.
James is the ultimate Great British Bake-Off super fan. When the Canadian version was announced, he rushed to audition. Born in the UK, James discovered baking at the age of 36 while he was living in New Brunswick, trying to get through the long tough east coast winters. He learned to bake from his wife, and was largely tutored by the Internet. James loves big bold flavours and loves to add extra spice whenever possible.
A proud Prairie girl with Indian roots, Vandana brings international flair to her baking. She loves fusing South Asian flavours with prairie classics. “I spent a lot of my childhood sitting on the kitchen counter, watching my Mama bake,” says Vandana. She now loves baking with her own five-year-old son. Vandana enjoys playing piano and dancing, and expressing her creativity through baking.
Megan is an ambitious home baker and artistic hairstylist. She lives on a farm in Leduc, Alta. with her husband, three boys, two dogs and two cats. She leads a busy life, juggling a hairstyling business, her boys and daily baking. She’s a self-described art nerd and baking is her most recent creative outlet. She’s hugely influenced by her mum and grammie. Their favourite flavours and techniques weave their way into many of her bakes. Highly versatile and intuitive in the kitchen, she rarely follows a recipe as written and can make everything from bread to elaborate cake sculptures.
Timothy recently completed his bachelor’s degree in science and is now starting medical school at the University of Calgary. But he hasn’t left his passion for baking behind. A hobby he started at age 12, he was the founder of his high school’s Baking Club. Timothy brings whimsy and detailed decoration to his bakes and often incorporates traditional Chinese flavours and spices. Balancing life at home with med school might be challenging, but baking for his parents, brother, teachers and friends keeps the smile on his face.
The Great Canadian Baking Show Summary
A group of amateur Canadian bakers are convened for a baking competition. There is a theme to each week’s competition, generally in the vein of the type of goods the competitors are to bake (i.e. cakes, cookies, pastry, etc.).
Each week, they are given a set amount of time to complete each of three challenges, their finished products which are evaluated by expert judges. The first weekly challenge is the signature bake, the competitors to bake something from their home recipes which are to signify who they are as bakers within the category. The second weekly challenge is the technical challenge, where each of the competitors are provided the same recipe, in large part of something they may have never heard of let alone baked before in their lives.
This challenge is to see how knowledgeable the competitors are about general baking concepts. Their finished products are evaluated blind in that the judges have no idea who baked what. The third weekly challenge is the showstopper challenge, in which the competitors are to pull out all the stops to produce a baked good which overall grand appearance is as important as taste. At the end of the week based solely on the three challenges, the judges will name the best competitor star baker, and will send one competitor home, that person whose competition has come to an end.
The final three competitors enter into the finale, the winner of that week who will be crowned the overall competition winner.
The Great Canadian Baking Show FAQ
Where is the great Canadian baking show filmed?
Produced by Proper Television in association with the CBC and Love Productions, the show is filmed on the grounds of the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto during mid-summer, then premiered in November for season 1, and September for seasons 2 and 3, on CBC.
What channel is the great Canadian baking show on?
The Great Canadian Baking Show Produced by CBC Television
Who are the judges on the great Canadian baking show?
Bruno Feldeisen and Kyla Kennaley are the judges on the Great Canadian Baking Show
Who won the great Canadian baking show?
The Great Canadian Baking Show (season 1 2017) – Winner Sabrina Degni
The Great Canadian Baking Show (season 2 2018) – Winner Andrei Godoroja
The Great Canadian Baking Show (season 3 2019) – Winner Nataliia Shevchenko
Who are the hosts of the great Canadian baking show?
For its first two seasons, the show was hosted by Dan Levy and Julia Chan, with French-born Canadian chef Bruno Feldeisen and Canadian-Australian pastry chef Rochelle Adonis as judges. Taylor and her friend and Baroness von Sketch Show co-star Aurora Browne are also new to the series, replacing Schitt’s Creek creator Daniel Levy and English actor Julia Chan as hosts
How to apply for the great Canadian baking show?
You can apply at https://www.cbc.ca/
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