The creators of The Great British Bake Off, England’s wholesome and hugely popular cooking show, will try to channel that show’s charm with a new spinoff called Bake Off: Creme de la Creme. Unlike the original, the new show won’t feature wholesome home cooks, but professional pastry chefs who will be grouped into 15 teams of three.
It will be hosted by Tom Kerridge, a British food-television regular and chef and co-owner of the Michelin-starred pub the Hand and Flowers, and will feature a judges’ panel of three prestigious pastry chefs: Benoit Blin, of the two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison; the decorated Cherish Finden; and Claire Clark MBE, twice named the country’s best pastry chef. The Bake Off had a great run this year, and an odd betting scandal, and will likely be the country’s most-watched television show of 2015. Here’s to hoping the new one captures the original’s magic.