BBC Takes The Great British Bake Off to South Africa

Following the success of the SA version of Come Dine With Me South Africa, BBC Lifestyle worldwide has commissioned a new series of The Great British Bake Off South Africa. The show is modelled after the equally successful British series featuring the Queen of bakes Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

This time, South African amateur bakers would be put through their paces baking everything from the notorious baked Alaska that caused a scandal over here to “South African delicatessen ranging from koeksisters, malva pudding and milk tart to perhaps a traditional Sotho wedding cake.”

Vice president and general manager for Africa at BBC Worldwide Joel Churcher said, “The Great South African Bake Off promises to be event television at its best, serving up passion, skill and mouth-watering excitement.”

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Great British Bake Off UK presenters

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Great British Bake Off UK Judges

“It’s exciting to see Bake Off spreading its wings and doing so well around the world,” says Duncan Cooper, BBC Worldwide’s executive producer for formats and local production. “I’m sure it will lend itself extremely well to South Africa’s vibrant and exciting mix of culinary influences.”

Kully Kaur-Bains, the head of programming for Africa at BBC Worldwide, told Channel24 that the show would be as close to the UK format as possible, although there would be some tweaks to make the show more appealing to South African audiences.

Delicacies from series 5 of the UK show. Photo: bbc.co.uk

Delicacies from series 5 of the UK show. Photo: bbc.co.uk

It’s not clear yet who the judges for the South African show are, but producers say there will be at least one South Africa Judge.

The Great british Bake Off South Africa will join a host of other cookery programmes that have made it across the Atlantic like MasterChef South Africa. The show is scheduled to air on African cable network DSTv.

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