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The Great American Baking Show

The Great American Baking Show is an American cooking competition television series and an adaptation of The Great British Bake Off (which is aired in the United States under the title The Great British Baking Show). Its first season aired under the title The Great Holiday Baking Show.[2] The first two seasons were hosted by Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, with Mary Berry from the original GBBO series and American pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini judging.[3][4] The third season was hosted by cookbook author Ayesha Curry and former football player Anthony Adams. Iuzzini returned as judge and was joined by original GBBO judge Paul Hollywood.[5][6] The season was pulled off schedule following sexual harassment allegations against judge Iuzzini.[7]

The Great American Baking Show
Great American Baking Show titlecard.jpg
Also known as The Great Holiday Baking Show (season 1)
Created by
  • Richard McKerrow
  • Anna Beattie
Directed by Andy Devonshire
Presented by
Theme music composer Tom Howe
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 18 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s)
  • Richard McKerrow
  • Kevin Bartel
  • Simon Evans
  • Faye Stapleton
Location(s) Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions USA
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) – present (currently suspended)
Related shows
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The show is the second licensed adaptation of the GBBO format in the United States. In 2013, CBS produced one season of The American Baking Competition, which was hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, with Paul Hollywood and Mexican-American chef Marcela Valladolid as judges.


Hosts and judgesEdit

Hosts/Judges Season
1 2 3
Ayesha Curry Host
Anthony Adams Host
Johnny Iuzzini Judge
Paul Hollywood Judge
Nia Vardalos Host
Ian Gomez Host
Mary Berry Judge

Season overviewEdit

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Winner Runners-up Average viewers
1 4 November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21) Lauren Katz Nicole Silva 3.97
Tim Samson
2 8 December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01) January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12) Amanda Faber Stephanie Chen 4.39
3 2[9]
(4 unaired)
December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)[6] Vallery Lomas Cindy Maliniak 3.84
Molly Brodak

Season 1 (2015)Edit

Season 1 aired under the title The Great Holiday Baking Show, and marked a return of the GBBO format to American television after the cancellation of CBS' 2013 series The American Baking Competition. Six bakers participated in the first ABC season. The season was won by Lauren Katz, beating out Nicole Silva and Tim Samson in the final three.

Season 2 (2016–17)Edit

Season 2 returned the following year as The Great American Baking Show with ten bakers and an eight-week competition. The season was won by Amanda Faber, with Stephanie Chen as the runner-up.

Season 3 (2017)Edit

The third season began airing December 7, 2017 with a two-hour premiere.[6] It is the first season hosted by Curry and Adams, and for judge Paul Hollywood who last appeared in the CBS version of the show in 2013. In addition the season marks the return of baker Antoinette Love, who had to voluntarily leave the previous season due to a family death. The season was withdrawn from ABC's schedule on December 13, 2017, following allegations from former employees of sexual misconduct by Johnny Iuzzini.[7] ABC announced that it would not air the remaining episodes.[10] On December 21, 2017, the day in which the finale was originally to air, it was revealed by ABC that Vallery Lomas won the competition, and Cindy Maliniak and Molly Brodak finished as runners-up.[11]


  1. ^ Wendholt Silva, Jill (7 December 2017). "Self-taught Kansas City baker competes on 'The Great American Baking Show'". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Denise Petski (20 October 2015). "UK Reality Hit 'Great British Bake Off' Getting Holiday-Themed Remake on ABC". Deadline Hollywood. 
  3. ^ Harry Fletcher. "Mary Berry is remaking The Great British Bake Off in the US for ABC". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Dehnart, Andy (8 August 2016). "Exclusive: ABC's Baking Show will return with Mary Berry, and a new name". Reality Blurred. 
  5. ^ Barney, Chuck (September 21, 2017). "Ayesha Curry lands another big TV gig — this time with ABC". The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "'The Great American Baking Show' Premieres Thursday, December 7". ABC. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "ABC Pulls 'Great American Baking Show' Amid Johnny Iuzzini Sexual Harassment Claims". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Great American Baking Show: ABC TV show - ratings (cancel or season 3?)". TV Series Finale. 13 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Shows A-Z - great american baking show, the on abc". Futon Critic. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "US Bake Off is cancelled after sexual harassment allegations made towards judge Johnny Iuzzini". The Telegraph. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "'The Great American Baking Show' Season 3 Winner Announced | The Great American Baking Show". ABC. 21 December 2017. 

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