It’s not often that two female hosts have fronted a Reality TV show in Australia, but comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle will do just that on The Great Australian Bake Off for the LifeStyle Channel.
They will be joined by Maggie Beer and Matt Moran as judges.
Previously produced for Nine for one season, the FremantleMedia series is now filming 10 episodes in Sydney as 12 home baking enthusiasts serve up their best cakes, pies, tarts, pastries, bread, biscuits and desserts to become ‘Australia’s Best Home Baker.’
“This job is two dreams come true for me. To be on the right side of the camera for tasting the bakes, and to co-host with a funny friend. Mel and I have never worked together before but she’s one of my absolute favourite comics and I don’t mind at all if she ends up making better baking puns than me on camera. My mouth will be full anyway,” said Hooper.
“My enthusiasm for this gig will make up for my actual baking experience level, which is just above beginner and only because I once had a bun in the oven.”
Mel Buttle added, “I can’t believe I got the job! I have no hospitality or restaurant experience at all; however I did spent most afternoons during my uni days watching Ready Steady Cook and Huey’s Cooking Adventures. I think those afternoons have just paid for themselves.
“I’m such a fan of both Matt and Maggie; I am going to need a stiff drink of verjuice to calm my nerves when I meet them both. And I’m over the moon about finally getting to work with the lovely Claire Hooper, she was one of the big names in comedy when I started out and it’s very exciting to be on Bake Off with her. We’re good friends and I hope that comes across on air, obviously I want my own trailer though, that goes without sayin.'”
It will premiere on LifeStyle FOOD later this year.