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The Great Australian Bake Off – The Bake Off Will See People Getting Their Bake On

The Great Australian Bake Off judge Dan Lepard said yesterday he would like to see baking shows take over from cooking shows on television. Who am I to query that as earlier this year I drove 40 minutes across Orlando just to go to a bakery I had seen on Cupcake Wars!

Yesterday at an event to meet Dan and some of the contestants from the show we got to see quite a long sizzle reel for the show, and it looked like it was going to be an entertaining addition to the reality TV cooking genre.

As you would expect from a baking show it was colourful and bright and there was a nice balance of some good cooking mixed with some baking disasters.

The stars of the show look to be the judges Dan Lepard who is a charismatic baker who is Australian but is now based in the UK, and Kerry Vincent another expat who is the queen of cake judges in the USA.

Dan plays good cop, whilst Kerry plays bad cop. No surprise who the contestants want to please. Even though Kerry appears to be the hard arsed judge she is funny with a dry sense of humour and will her penchant for wearing head bands start a trend here much like Blair Waldorf did on Gossip Girl?

The reel did not show much of hosts Anna Gare and Shane Jacobson so it will be interesting to see how they fit into it all particularly Shane Jacobson.

It also looks to be a fast paced show with three challenges in each episode.

The format of an episode will be:


The main challenge here is to bake a home-made delight that reflects each contestant’s individual personality and creative flair. In this test the bakers get to show off their tried and tested home-baked creations.


The bakers are all given the same recipe containing a full list of ingredients, measures and instructions. However a few critical details are missing and it’s down to the baker’s instinct and experience to deliver the perfect Technical Bake. In an exciting twist, this challenge is judged blind. Dan and Kerry are not in the kitchen during the bake, they taste and rank from best to worst without knowing who baked which dish.


This is the final and most demanding challenge of each episode, where the bakers are able to showcase their depth of skill and talent. Some of these bakes go for over five hours – they are the brain surgery of home baking. The complexities of the Show Stopper call for a professional standard in taste, texture and appearance. The judges will be looking for the most impressive and spectacular creations that stand out from the rest of the competition.

The winner of The Great Australian Bake Off will receive a “Harvey Norman Dream Kitchen Bakeover Makeover” with everything for the kitchen – oven, fridge and appliances and , a five days of luxury spa pampering at Byron at Byron on the beautiful New South Wales coast in Byron Bay.

Also there will be a cook book released in conjunction with the series in May with recipes from the contestants and show.

There are ten contestants, but I will provide details of them in a later blog post otherwise this article will turn into the War and Peace of baking!

The show is to premiere after Easter and looks likes Bake Off will get families Bake On, inspiring families to drag those rusty baking trays out from the dark recesses of cupboards.

The Great Australian Bake Off  on NINE after Easter.


1 Littlepetal { 03.15.13 at 11:09 am }

I love to bake and this show look promising. Will watch.

2 Culinary Boner { 03.15.13 at 11:22 am }

Is this on 5 to 6 nights a week like MKR and MCP?

’cause if not, I’m boycotting it.

3 A.P { 03.15.13 at 1:44 pm }

The cupcake girl from MKR should have gone on this show as it would have suited her better, not that she’s shown much technique so far.
I will be watching, it looks good.

4 Carole { 03.15.13 at 2:06 pm }

Really looking forward to this show. I like Shane Jacobsen, but what the hell does he know about cooking? How do you get to be a judge on these shows? I volunteer, I love cakes.

5 Rob { 03.16.13 at 9:03 am }

I was surprised by how good the sneak peak is (, I didn’t expect it to be as engaging and easy to follow. Kerry and Dan come across quite well and there’s stuff of Shane doing goofy Shane things so I guess that’s his role: to lighten things up. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get lost between bigger shows in its timeslot!

6 Cheryl { 03.16.13 at 1:33 pm }

Blind tasting? Ordering baked items from best to worst without knowing who cooked it? This show actually HAS listened to the criticisms of MC and MKR! I don’t want to watch it but I hope it’s successful.

7 EmTee { 03.16.13 at 1:49 pm }

Having minimal baking skills I admire people who do it well. I have a friends who is a whizz at baking and a marvel at decorating. Her decorated cakes are such works of art it’s almost a shame to slice into them.

I’ll look forward to seeing what confections the contestants produce.

8 Daisy { 03.16.13 at 2:11 pm }

I might watch but with less enthusiasm.
As you know, I’m no sweetie. ^-^