Holiday Baking Championship

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Holiday Baking Championship
Holiday Baking Championship logo.jpg
Presented by Bobby Deen (Seasons 1-3)
Jesse Palmer (Season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 29 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Food Network
Original release November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09) – present

The Holiday Baking Championship is an American cooking competition series produced by Triage Entertainment and aired on Food Network.[1] It airs from early November through late December, covering the U.S Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The first episode premiered on November 9, 2014, and it's become a yearly competition with several spin-off shows, including Spring Baking Championship, Halloween Baking Championship, Kids Baking Championship and Wedding Cake Championship.


Each episode has two rounds. The first round is the "Preliminary Heat" where the bakers must create small pastries centered around a holiday theme; usually cookies or small cakes. The themes could be as broad as Hanukkah or New Years to something specific like creating a Christmas cookie tree or baking desserts inspired by a Christmas song).

The person who wins the first round gets an advantage going into the next round and aren't told about it until the second round theme is announced. (The advantage usually varies. Ex: Getting to swap ingredients/flavors or getting ten minutes of help from a special guest baker).

The second round is the "Main Heat" where the contestants get more time than the first round to create a larger confection (in size or quantity) that sticks to the holiday theme of the episode. Partway through the main heat, there's often a curveball thrown in that has the bakers adapt or change their plans. (Ex: In "Signs of the Season", they were told to make cookies in addition to their festive bundt cakes.)

Host and judges[edit]

The show's first three seasons were hosted by Bobby Deen. In Season Four, Jesse Palmer took over the hosting duties.

Cake Baker Duff Goldman (famously known for his popular former Food Network show Ace of Cakes[2]), Pastry Chef Nancy Fuller (host of current Food Network show, 'Farmhouse Rules'[3]), and Lorraine Pascale (a former UK model turned chef[4]) serve as permanent judges of the show.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 6 November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09) December 14, 2014 (2014-12-14)
2 8 November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) December 20, 2015 (2015-12-20)
3 8 November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06) December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
4 7 November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06) December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)[5]


  1. ^ "Holiday Baking Championship". Food Network. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman Talks Graffiti, TV, Cakes & College".
  3. ^ "Nancy Fuller's Farmhouse Rules".
  4. ^ "Lorraine Pascale: Chef & Supermodel".
  5. ^ List of Episodes for Season 4

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