The Great American Baking Show is back for another edition, and this time around there’s a whole new cast of bakers competing to show off their best work in front of a million audience. This is a great opportunity for the baker to show off their skills and get some much-needed publicity.
Before the show started, Judge Sherry Yard revealed some of the prep work she does before each show starts filming, and shared with us a weight loss secret that’s helped her. Every year, Sherry makes sure to lose some weight before filming starts so that she doesn’t have to worry about tasting the creations of the contestants. “I lose about 10 pounds first because I’m gonna gain about 15 pounds,” she said. “That’s the first preparation. We should have a game of how much weight I gain because I really enjoy what I do, and I love pastries.”
Sherry admitted that she makes sure to try every dish a contestant produces for consistency, not only because it’s part of her job but also just out of love with food. “I love food… If they had to make two items I actually was eating both. I haven’t seen the show in full myself. I’m hoping they don’t make me look as much as what I was doing, because you’re gonna see by the last show…there’s more to love. It’s a professional job. Someone has to do it!”
Sherry is a judge on Great American Baking Show, but she has also appeared in other competitions. Sherry judged Cake Wars Christmas and the Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge as well as being guest-judged by more intense cooking shows like Iron Chef America or Cutthroat Kitchen.
It takes a month of intense filming to complete an entire season. This means that the holiday specials are not filmed during or close to Christmas time as they would want enough footage for editing and promotion. Each episode takes two days to film (one day to shoot and one day to prep for the next competition).
Sherry’s interview with Jamonkey revealed that they film the holiday seasons, specifically in August — sometimes making it harder for everyone to get into a festive mood because of all the heat. She said, “[The tent] is just like the hallowed ground for me in August. In London. There were times at night when we were shooting, it was very cold. So, the finale we all really wrapped up. It felt more like Christmas.”
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