Australia's queen of cake, Kerry Vincent, goes primetime back home for The Great Australian Bake Off.
Food Network star Kerry Vincent has been chosen to judge The Great Australian Bake Off television show in search of Australia’s Best Home Baker. Vincent is well-known for revolutionizing the wedding cake industry in the United States, and has been nicknamed by some as “the Simon Cowell of Cake”. We prefer the title “Queen of Cakes” for her as it acknowledges her enormous contributions to our dessert industry. Kerry is the founder of the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition and co-founder of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. She grew up on a farm in Western Australia and won her first Country Women’s Association baking competition at the age of eight. She moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma thirty-eight years ago when she married an Oklahoma engineer, and consequently brought her Aussie baking flair and exquisite sugar artistry to the world of American cakes. “Australia will set the tone with a new entourage of emerging characters and contestants that I hope the audience will come to love and admire, while they empathize with the drama, challenges and my own tough-love approach,” says Vincent. She adds, “Being invited to judge The Great Australian Bake Off in my homeland is beyond a dream come true.”
The Queen of Cake, Kerry Vincent
Vincent’s co-judge is fellow Australian Dan Lepard, an Australian baker based in the UK who’s at the vanguard of the contemporary baking movement. He is the baking correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer, author of best-selling baking bibles such as Short and Sweet and The Handmade Loaf, and he will be returning to his home state of Victoria to judge The Great Australian Bake Off. His approach is all about getting the utmost from the simplest ingredients. Lepard notes, “Baking under a stopwatch is never easy, and with that title of best Aussie baker at stake they’ll all be trying to whip up perfection to grab it. Australia is the home of some really outstanding baking and I’m looking forward to some spectacular attempts to impress us judges. May the best baker win.”
The primetime baking battle will air on the Nine Network, and will begin production in mid-November in the gardens of the historic Werribee Park Mansion in Victoria, Australia. The ten contestants will face a series of grueling elimination challenges that test their skills in creating cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, bread, and biscuits. The franchise debuted in Great Britain in 2010 on BBC TWO and has been a ratings phenomenon there. The Bake Off franchise been adapted for television in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, Norway and France. In the United States the series airs on CBS.
The Great Australian Bake Off will be hosted by well-known Australian actor Shane Jacobson, and Anna Gare, a home cook who has become one of Australia’s favorite TV chefs. Co-host Gare says: “I’m thrilled to join the search for Australia’s Best Home Baker. To be working alongside two of the world’s finest baking professionals is a special treat for me. I’m sure that Australians will be spending a lot more time in their kitchens once they feast their eyes on the goodies our contestants serve up.”