New Series “The American Baking Competition” Seeks to Find the Next Great Amateur Baker

Heads up, lovers of baked goods and reality-TV junkies. The new reality series The American Baking Competition premieres Wednesday, May 29, at 8 ET / 9PT on CBS.

The American Baking Competition is based on a hit show in the UK, The Great British Bake Off. The host for the American series is comedian Jeff Foxworthy (pictured, right). Judges are Chef Marcela Valladolid and baker Paul Hollywood (he’s also a judge on the British series).

The American Baking Competition’s 10 contestants were chosen from a nationwide search of amateur bakers at local casting bake-offs. The six female and four male home bakers have varied lives and jobs, including firefighter, photographer, homemaker, attorney, advertiser, home health care provider, college student, retiree, project manager, and baking enthusiast trying to go pro. Watch a video intro on The American Baking Competition’s website.

Each week, these passionate home bakers go head-to-head in three challenges: Signature Bake, Technical Bake, and Showstopper Bake. The winning contestant is that week's Star Baker; the one who falls short is sent packing. The final challenge will be between the three remaining contestants, one of whom will go on to be crowned the best amateur baker in America and win $250,000. The winner will also be awarded a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to publish their own cookbook with Gallery Books.

Photo from The American Baking Competition