The Great Canadian Baking Show
As the real news plays through like a horror movie, some of us are looking for lighter, happier fare in our leisure viewing. Cue: The Great Canadian Baking Show.
Now canvassing for amateur Canadian bakers for its Season 4, The Great Canadian Baking Show has maintained many of the core elements of its British predecessor, starting with the 40′ x 98′ High Peak Big White Baking Tent. This Great Canadian Baking Tent is set up in the verdant greens of the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto.
The music in our Canadian Baking Show maintains the light, pizzicato charm that defines its British predecessor. As British composer Tom Howe said about his score for the original: “I had just finishing working, with director Andy Devonshire, on something else for the BBC when he called me and said, “You’re not going to want to do this but please can you help me out with some music for a baking show”. The show went on to become a global hit. No one knew it would be. It was just one of those things where the stars aligned. The music had to have a British sensibility about it and I had a great time doing it.”
The Great Canadian Baking Show also offers the fun of competition without soul-crushing judging and inter-competitor sniping (Well, not much. And no Baked Alaska controversies yet).
The diverse mix of cross-Canadian bakers tackle some mighty Canadian recipes: butter tarts, maple leaf sandwich cookies, Montreal bagels, bûche de Noël. The first two seasons feature hosts Dan Levy – most recently of Schitt Creek fame – and Julia Chan who plays Pepper Smith on Katy Keene. Season 3 kicks off with hosts Aurora Browne and Carolyn Taylor from Baroness von Sketch Show.
Judging all seasons to date has been Chef and restaurateur, Bruno Feldeisen – born in France, now a Canadian whose cooking history includes working as Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons New York and Vancouver and whose long list of awards includes being crowned one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Chocolatier Magazine. In Seasons 1 and 2, Feldeisen is joined by renowned judge and Pastry Chef, Rochelle Adonis. In Season 3, it is Chef Kyla Kennaley – owner of Madeleines Cherry Pie and Ice Cream – who offers the second judging eye.
Season 3 of The Great Canadian Baking Show is available free through CBC online.
Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Netflix and also available by signing up with Gem CBC online.
Here’s to happy, stress-free watching.