Great Australian Bake Off commences filming with all new cast

FOXTEL Australia and BBC Studios Production Australian and New Zealand yesterday hosted an afternoon tea at the set of the Great Australian Bake Off as the series commences its second week of filming with all new host and judge lineup.

It was announced last month that judges and hosts would be recast for season six of the show, after Maggie Beer and Matt Moran made the decision to step down as judges after five seasons.

The new judging and hosting panel joined GM of LifeStyle at FOXTEL, Wendy Moore at a media event at the Bake Off shed on Wednesday

Of the decision, Maggie Beer said: Maggie Beer said: “I have had a wonderful five seasons because of the friendship that felt like family working with Matt, Claire, Mel and our crew, and I will always be part of the Bake Off family. I have however made the decision that it is time to take a break. It has been such a privilege to help mentor the fine baking talent we have in this country, and I look forward to seeing what sweet treats are in store for this upcoming season.”

Matt Moran added: “It’s been an incredible five seasons on The Great Australian Bake Off, working alongside my dear friend Maggie and Mel, and Claire, who made me laugh every day. Thank you to all the crew and contestants over the years, you’ve become such good friends of mine. I am now excited to focus on my own restaurants and some new projects. I wish the new cast and bakers all the best.”

The new judging and hosting lineup was revealed last week, with renowned culinary expert Rachel Khoo and world-renowned pastry chef Darren Purchese joining the program as judges, alongside new hosts, comedian and Australian YouTuber, Natalie Tran and comedian and media personality, Cal Wilson. The sixth season is set to air on FOXTEL in 2023.

L-R: Natalie Tran, Darren Purchese, Rachel Khoo and Cal Wilson

Wendy Moore, FOXTEL general manager of LifeStyle said: “The Great Australian Bake Off is one the most beautiful shows on T V and is truly loved by our audience. We are so excited to welcome into the family Rachel and Darren, who are such passionate and respected bakers. They are the perfect people to continue this loved show into the future alongside our fabulous new hosts, Natalie and Cal who are ready and waiting to test every bake too!”

Kylie Washington, GM and creative director, BBC Studios Production ANZ, said: “We’re excited to get started filming the new series and to welcome Rachel, Darren, Natalie and Cal to the Bake Off shed. Maggie, Matt, Mel and Claire have left big shoes to fill but with our new hosts and judges and our line-up of incredible bakers, we are all set for another memorable, feel-good series.”

The new cast joined Moore on a panel discussion on set, sharing their excitement about filming the new season, sharing that the production so far had been just as idyllic as audiences might expect.

“I’m hoping I learn stuff of the bakers, because no one knows everything,” said Purchese of his new role as judge. “I think my almost 30 years experience in kitchens, mostly pastry kitchens, at lots of places all over the world give me credentials to come in and judge the food – as well as my love of baking and domestic baking. But I’m hoping that I will learn one or two things whether it’s a dish, or a trick or technique.”

“Just even like a week of working on the show, you feel the love not just in front of the camera with the bakers, but the whole crew is amazing, I’m really loving it,” added Khoo.


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