American television networks love taking successful British TV shows — like The Office and Shameless — and making them better (don’t @ me), it’s no surprise that The Great British Baking Show soon found its way on U.S. television screens in the form of The Great American Baking Show.
Fans of the original, however, were quick to notice something peculiar about this particular American remake. Like, the fact that it’s pretty obvious it is not even filmed in the U.S. of A. “I’m kind of annoyed that The Great American Baking Show isn’t filmed in America,” one viewer tweeted following the premiere of the holiday special.
So, where is The Great American Baking Show really filmed?
Fans of the original GBBO probably recognize the tent the American bakers are filming in, which means the show is taped in England. More specifically, it is most likely filmed at Welford Park, a private home in the English county of Berkshire.
This is something American (and some British) viewers don’t seem to agree with. “Are Americans not annoyed by The Great American Baking Show? Despite the name, it’s filmed in England and has a palpable British feel to it,” one disgruntled fan wrote. Another agreed, adding, “Why is The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition filmed in England. It is the AMERICAN baking show.”
TBH, as long as Paul Hollywood and his piercing blue eyes are there, we don’t care where the show is taped.
Who are The Great American Baking Show hosts?
There is one American host on the series, and his name is Anthony “Spice” Adams. The former NFL player turned TV personality is joined by another famous “Spice” — Spice Girls member Emma “Baby Spice” Bunting. Last year, Spice was joined by Ayesha Curry as his co-host, but she now has her own cooking show, Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, to focus on.
Fans of the remake will also remember that Season 2 of the American remake was pulled off the air after just one episode due to sexual misconduct allegations made against judge Johnny Iuzzini. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct,” the network said at the time. The episodes were never aired, but it wasn’t long before a new season was green-lit.
Johnny was eventually replaced by current judge Sherry Yard.
The Great British Baking Show also has a holiday edition!
If you prefer to watch Paul Hollywood beside Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, and Prue Leith, then you are in luck because the GBBO just released a holiday edition on Netflix. The special is only two episodes long, BUT it does feature the return of some fan favorite bakers, including Paul (of Bread Lion fame), Benjamina, and Rob, who may or may not drop his cake again.
Or you can just watch Nailed It!‘s holiday special for more realistic amateur baker expectations.