LifeStyle’s Baking Month Guide

With more people spending time at home during the winter months and in the kitchen, LifeStyle’s Baking Month looks to those who inspire and help hone our baking skills. FOXTEL’s LifeStyle FOOD channel celebrates a month-long baking extravaganza with premiere baking shows weeknights at 8.30pm in July or watch On Demand.

Be inspired by baking superstars Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Buddy Valastro, Bruno Feldeisen, Lorraine Pascale, Mary Berry, and our very own culinary icons Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Be entertained by baking show hosts including Dan Levy, Noel Fielding,  Sandi Toksvig, Claire Hooper, and Mel Buttle.

Kicking off each night at 8.30pm on the LifeStyle FOOD channel – The Great Celebrity Bake Off on Mondays, The Great Canadian Bake Off on Tuesdays, The Big Bake on Wednesdays, Project Bakeover on Thursdays,and Junior Bake Off on Fridays.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off, Mondays at 8.30pm from July 5, features a who’s who of celebritiesstepping into the tent, all looking to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills. In each episode four celebrities join hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding in the tent; including Australia’s own Tim Minchin who is tasked to make a meringue tower, as well as actress Teri Hatcher,  television and radio star Melanie Sykes and Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp. Paul and Prue set 15 exciting new baking challenges: pushing the celebrities to their baking limits. But only one celebrity per episode will be awarded the coveted star baker apron. On your marks, get set, bake.

The Great Canadian Bake OffTuesdays at 8.30pm from July 6 is hosted by Emmy Award winner Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek fame and Julia Chan with judges Canadian-Australian pastry chef Rochelle Adonis and French-born Canadian chef Bruno Feldeisen. Bringing together ten passionate amateur bakers from across Canada, The Great Canadian Bake Off puts each contestant through themed culinary challenges that celebrate their diverse backgrounds, families and communities, in a spirited competition that celebrates personal achievement and the joy of baking.

A fan of the franchise before taking on the role as host, Dan Levy said: “The first time I watched The Great British Baking Show, my heart grew three sizes. It’s the most joyful, inspiring competition-based reality show on TV and I’m so excited to be a part of the Canadian series.”

Project Bakeover, Wednesdays at 8.30pm from July 7, renowned pastry chef, master chocolatier and entrepreneur Steve Hodge, throws a lifeline to struggling bakery businesses on the brink of losing it all. Drawing on his finely honed chef skills, his passion for desserts and his business acumen, Steve reinvigorates and inspires the desperate bakery owners, while design guru Tiffany Pratt transforms their tired, uninspired bakeries into warm and welcoming spaces. Together they turn these businesses around and on the road to success.

The Big Bake, Thursdays at 8.30pm from July 8, is a larger-than-life baking competition series with each episode featuring three professional baking teams who have five hours to design, bake and decorate a grand-scale cake creation based on a particular theme. Host Brad Smith challenges the three expert baking teams to create their most sensational cakes with judges Ron Ben-Israel, Harry Eastwood and Eddie Jackson encouraging the bakers to think big and bold, blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions and thinking outside the (bakery) box.

Junior Bake Off, Fridays at 8.30pm from July 9, features sixteen talented junior bakers, selected from thousands of applicants, who enter the iconic white tent and battle it out in the most challenging and exciting contest to date. These young bakers take on the esteemed baking competition to put their skills to the test in order to be crowned the best young baker in Britain. Hosted by Harry Hill and judges baker Liam Charles, and professional pastry chef Ravneet Gill who all take on the tough task of finding Britain’s best junior baker.

Also on offer The Great British Bake Off, weeknights at 6:20pm, Extreme Cake Makers, Cake Boss, Buddy’s Big Bakedown and available On Demand on FOXTEL; The Great Australian Bake Off, Baking Made Easy, Extreme Chocolate Makers, Inside Hotel Chocolat, Paul Hollywood’s A Bakers Life, Paul Hollywood’s Bread and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.