Pillsbury Bake-Off

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The Pillsbury Bake-Off is a cooking contest, first run by Pillsbury Company from 1949 to 1976, and since 2013 as an annual contest. From 1978-2012, the contest was held biennially. In 2016 the contest may return to a biennial format. [1] The next contest will be in November 2015 or 2016, site TBD.

History[edit]

The first contest was held in 1949 as the Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest and hosted in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Until 1994, the grand prize was $50,000.[2] Since 1996, the grand prize has been $1,000,000.

The only required ingredient in the early contests was Pillsbury's BEST Flour.[3] There was no contest in 1965 because the contest was moved from October to February.[4]

Occasionally, there has been a male category (1978, 1990, 1992, and 2002). The only male champion was Kurt Wait of Redwood City, California, who won in 1996; that year, 14 of the 100 finalists were men.

The contest went back to an annual contest beginning November 2013, after the previous 18 contests were held on the even-numbered years.

Broadcast[edit]

Year(s) Host Network Notes
1949-1957 Arthur Godfrey CBS
1958-68 Art Linkletter CBS
1970-82 Bob Barker CBS Placed in the same hour as a half-hour episode of The Price is Right (except 1970-1972, when Bob Barker was only hosting Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for the CBS Network prior to his Price Is Right days)
1984-88 Garry Collins CBS
1990-1992 Willard Scott CBS Willard Scott became the only NBC contracted person to host the Bake-Off for CBS in 1990.
1994-1998 Alex Trebek CBS This was Alex Trebek's second time on the CBS network, he was last on the Network 17 years earlier hosting the Goodson-Todman Game Show Double Dare.
2000 Phylicia Rashad CBS
2002 Marie Osmond CBS
2004-2006 Not aired N/A
2008 Keegan Gerhard Food Network Aired as an episode of Food Network Challenge
2010 Oprah Winfrey Syndication Winner was announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show
2012 Martha Stewart Hallmark Channel Winner was announced on The Martha Stewart Show
2013 Padma Lakshmi Syndication Winner was announced on The Queen Latifah Show
2014 Carla Hall ABC Winner was announced on The Chew

Location Held[edit]

  • 1949-56: New York, NY
  • 1957: Los Angeles, CA
  • 1958: New York, NY
  • 1959: Los Angeles, Ca
  • 1960: Washington D.C.
  • 1961: Los Angeles, CA
  • 1962: New York, NY
  • 1963: Los Angeles, CA
  • 1964: Miami, FL
  • 1966: San Francisco, CA
  • 1967: Los Angeles, CA
  • 1968: Dallas, TX
  • 1969: Atlanta, GA
  • 1970: San Diego, CA
  • 1971: Honolulu, HI
  • 1972: Houston, TX
  • 1973: Hollywood, CA
  • 1974: Phoenix, AZ
  • 1975: San Francisco, CA
  • 1976: Boston, MA
  • 1978: New Orleans, LA
  • 1980: Miami, FL
  • 1982: San Antonio, TX
  • 1984: San Diego, CA
  • 1986: Orlando, FL
  • 1988: San Diego, CA
  • 1990: Phoenix, AZ
  • 1992: Orlando, FL
  • 1994: San Diego, CA
  • 1996: Dallas, TX
  • 1998: San Diego, CA
  • 2000: San Francisco, CA
  • 2002: Orlando, FL
  • 2004: Hollywood, CA
  • 2006: Orlando, FL
  • 2008: Dallas, TX
  • 2010, 2012: Orlando, FL
  • 2013: Las Vegas, NV
  • 2014: Nashville, TN
  • 2015 or 2016: TBD

Grand Prize Winners[edit]

Year Recipe Grand Prize Winner
1949 No-Knead Water-Rising Twists Theodora Smafield (Detroit, Michigan)
1950 Orange Kiss-Me Cake Lily Wuebel (Redwood City, California)
1951 Starlight Double-Delight Cake Helen Weston (La Jolla, California)
1952 Snappy Turtle Cookies Beatrice Harlib (Chicago, Illinois)
1953 "My Inspiration" Cake Lois Kanago (Weber, South Dakota)
1954 Open Sesame Pie Dorothy Koteen (Washington, D.C.)
1955 Ring-A-Lings Bertha Jorgensen (Portland, Oregon)
1956 California Casserole Hildreth H. Hatheway (Santa Barbara, California)
1957 Accordion Treats Gerda Roderer (Berkeley, California)
1958 Spicy Apple Twists Dorothy DeVault (Deleware, Ohio)
1959 Mardi Gras Party Cake Eunice G. Surles (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
1960 Dilly Casserole Bread Leona Schnuelle (Crab Orchard, Nebraska)
1961 Candy Bar Cookies Alice Reese (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
1962 Apple Pie '63 Julia Smogor (South Bend, Indiana)
1963 Hungry Boys' Casserole Mira Walilko (Detroit, Michigan)
1964 Peacheesy Pie Janis Boykin (Melbourne, Florida)
1966 Golden Gate Snack Bread Mari Petrelli (Las Vegas, Nevada)
1967 Muffin Mix Buffet Bread Maxine Bullock (Topeka, Kansas)
1968 Buttercream Pound Cake Phyllis Lidert (Oak Lawn, Illinois)
1969 Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs Edna M. Walker (Hopkins, Minnesota)
1970 Onion Lover's Twist Nan Robb (Huachuca City, Arizona)
1971 Pecan Pie Surprise Bars Pearl Hall (Snohomish, Washington)
1972 Streusel Spice Cake
Quick 'n Chewy Crescent Bars
Rose DeDominicis (Verona, Pennsylvania(
Isabelle Collins (Elk River, Minnesota)
1973 Quick Crescent Pecan Pie Bars
Banana Crunch Cake
Mrs. Jerome Flieller, Jr.(Floresville, Texas)
Mrs. Ronald L. Brooks (Salisbury, Maryland)
1974 Chocolate Cherry Bars
Savory Crescent Chicken Sandwiches
Francis I. Jerzak
Doris Castle
1975 Easy Crescent Danish Rolls
Sour Cream Apple Squares
Barbara S. Gibson
Luella Maki
1976 Crescent Caramel Swirl
Whole Wheat Raisin Loaf
Lois Ann Groves
Lenora H. Smith
1978 Nutty Graham Picnic Cake
Chick-N-Broccoli Pot Pies
Esther Tomich
Linda Mowery
1980 Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie Millicent (Caplan) Nathan
1982 Almond-Filled Cookie Cake Elizabeth Meijer
1984 Country Apple Coffee Cake Susan F. Porubcan
1986 Apple Nut Lattice Tart Mary Lou Warren
1988 Chocolate Praline Layer Cake Julie Bengtson
1990 Blueberry-Poppy Seed Brunch Cake Linda Rahman
1992 Pennsylvania Dutch Cake and Custard Pie Gladys Fulton
1994 Fudgy Bonbons Mary Anne Tyndall
1996 Macadamia Fudge Torte Kurt Wait
1998 Salsa Couscous Chicken Ellie Mathews
2000 Cream Cheese Brownie Pie Roberta Sonefeld
2002 Chicken Florentine Panini Denise JoAnne Yennie
2004 Oats 'n Honey Granola Pie Suzanne Conrad
2006 Baked Chicken and Spinach Stuffing Anna Ginsberg
2008 Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies Carolyn Gurtz
2010 Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups Sue Compton
2012 Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream Christina Verrelli
2013 Loaded Potato Pinwheels Glori Spriggs
2014 Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters Beth Royals

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