ABC to premiere The Great Holiday Baking Show in November

The holidays can be stressful but baking should always be wonderful. This year ABC will premiere “The Great Holiday Baking Show” and to get things started, the series will begin with “Cookie Week.”

“The Great Holiday Baking Show” is set to premiere on ABC on November 30 at 10pm and is based on the hit UK series “The Great British Bake Off.” The new series will be hosted by Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and husband Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town”), and stars some of the nation’s best amateur bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations, all hoping to be crowned “America’s Best Holiday Baker.”

The first week’s challenge will be all about Christmas cookies. Armed with only their skills, their imaginations and drive to win, these bakers compete in three challenges:  Signature Bake, showcasing their family recipes as they create two sets of cookies that are both delicious and unique; Technical Bake, a surprise recipe where they must demonstrate precision and technique; and finally, The Showstopper Bake, where the bakers are asked to create elaborate flavorful gingerbread houses.
James Beard Award-Winning pastry chef and author Johnny Iuzzini, joins England’s “Royal Queen of Baking,” author and television personality Mary Berry, as judges where each week they will taste the decadent and delicious holiday fare these bakers create as they throw down their best culinary skills.

“The Great Holiday Baking Show” is from Love Productions and is executive-produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen.