Joining them as judges are Australian-born correspondent for The Guardian Dan Lepard and Kerry Vincent founder of the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition.
The series will see ten home baking enthusiasts baking cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, bread, biscuits and desserts, in the hope of being named ‘Australia’s Best Home Baker.’
The UK format began on the BBC in 2010, where its series three finale last night averaged 6.5 million viewers. Adapted in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, Norway and France, it is destined next for the US at CBS.
Programming Production Executive Courtney Gibson said: “It’s time to get your scone on, folks! The Great Australian Bake Off will bring together the country’s most imaginative and accomplished home bakers to dish up amazing treats for two judges they will really want to impress. Featuring famous Aussie treats as well as epic new bakes, this is a show that will have the whole country shouting, Mum, can I lick the beater?”
Shane Jacobson said: “I love spending time in the kitchen at home but to get a chance to work with professionals around an oven is something that thrills me greatly. I am delighted to be working with Anna Gare. Not only is she a whiz at cooking and baking but her charming, relaxed nature makes her a joy to be around. Not to mention the fact that I intend to steal a few of her baking ideas to try at home, in the name of research of course.”
Anna Gare said: “I’m thrilled to join the search for Australia’s Best Home Baker. To be working alongside Shane and two of the world’s finest baking professionals is a special treat for me. I’m tipping Australians will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen once they feast their eyes on the goodies our contestants serve up.”
The series was originally flagged for 2012 but will premiere in 2013.
Production will commence mid-November at Werribee Park Mansion in Victoria.