The Great American Baking Show is based on Love Production's global phenomenon, The Great British Bake Off. The format, having just finished airing it's seventh season in the UK, is currently the country's biggest reality series. The final episode of the current season broke records again, peaking at 14.9 Million viewers. The format has been sold around the world – now currently produced in twenty-two territories. In the US, episodes of the British series air on PBS.
The Great American Baking Show incorporates the UK format's unique elements, tone, humor and storytelling – while updating it for an American audience and overlaying a holiday and winter motif.
The Great American Baking Show is presided over by a lovely quartet. British cookbook author and TV personality, Mary Berry is joined by fellow judge Johnny Iuzzini, a James Beard award winning pastry chef. While husband and wife, Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez host.
Each episode focuses on a specific discipline of baking (i.e. cakes, cookies, patisserie, etc.), which become progressively more difficult as the series unfolds. Every episode features three types of challenges: The Signature Challenge allows the bakers to show off their tried and true recipes; The Technical Challenge gives all the bakers the same surprise recipe; and The Showstopper Challenge where the bakers must really push wow the judges with their creativity and flair.
At the end of each episode, the judges, name one "Star Baker" of the week, and also ask one baker to go home. In the Final, only three bakers remain and the best baker that week wins the title of "America's Best Amateur Baker," along with a beautiful trophy and bragging rights.