Over the past several years, cooking shows have popped up on a variety of networks besides the mother ship of all food and cooking shows, the Food Network. If Cupcake Wars and reruns of Top Chef Just Desserts don't do it for you, this summer CBS will air a summer baking competition beginning May 29 at 7 p.m.
The American Baking Competition features an array of bakers from different backgrounds sharing the same passion, as on any other cooking show. But this time, the theme is baking rather than cooking.
CBS recently revealed the cast for the show: six female competitors and four male competitors. It's based on the UK series The Great British Bake Off and seems like a promising summer reality cooking show.
Each week the contestants will compete in three challenges to test their baking skills: "Signature Bake," "Technical Bake" and "Showstopper Bake." Each week one contestant will be labeled "Star Baker," while another will be eliminated. The winner of the show will receive a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to create his or her own cookbook and will be awarded $250,000.
While we don't know how entertaining the contestants on this show may be, we do know that the host will keep us laughing. Jeff Foxworthy will host the summer baking competition, with Food Network Chef Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood, from the British series, judging alongside him.
While Valladolid is known for her skills in Mexican cuisine, she was trained as a classical French pastry chef at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris before returning to the States. She can also be seen on her own Food Network show, Mexican Made Easy.
Hollywood is one of the United Kingdom's most popular artisan bakers, having worked in several hotels as head baker. In the UK, he's a celebrity in the culinary world.
It will be exciting to see how this UK-inspired show does in America. CBS has now joined the ranks of ABC and FOX with their new cooking competition. We will just have to tune in to see if it will be as successful as Master Chef and The Taste.