It's a delicious addition to television this holiday season when "The Great Holiday Baking Show" premieres on ABC, Monday, Nov. 30 (10 p.m.),
Based on the hit UK series "The Great British Bake Off," this series is 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 challenge is all about Christmas cookies. Armed with only their skills, their imaginations and drive to win, 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. Each week, they will taste the decadent and delicious holiday fare the bakers create as they throw down their best culinary skills.
For more information on "The Great Holiday Baking Show," visit ABC.com.