Hosts ‘Spice’ up ABC’s ‘Great Amer­i­can Bak­ing Show: Hol­i­day Edi­tion’

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For its fourth sea­son, ABC’s “The Great Amer­i­can Bak­ing Show: Hol­i­day Edi­tion” will have added Spice.

That’s be­cause when the com­pe­ti­tion se­ries re­turns Thurs­day, Dec. 6, join­ing An­thony “Spice” Adams as host will be for­mer Spice Girl Emma “Baby Spice” Bun­ton. So yeah, look for spice jokes and puns ga­lore.

“It just writes it­self. It’s some­thing that needed to hap­pen,” quips Adams, now in his sec­ond sea­son as host. “So it’s great, we have fun with it and she’s so easy to work with, she’s so down-to-earth, she’s very ap­proach­able and she’s like the sis­ter that I never had.”

As in sea­sons past, the show fea­tures bak­ers from around the coun­try putting their best recipes for­ward as they com­pete in hol­i­day-themed chal­lenges with the ti­tle of Amer­ica’s Best Am­a­teur Baker at stake. Judg­ing the fi­nal prod­ucts will be re­turnee Paul Hol­ly­wood, a baker and cook­book au­thor, and James Beard Award-win­ning pas­try chef Sherry Yard.

The bak­ers will be com­pet­ing in an out­door tent in Lon­don, the same one used for the “The Great Bri­tish Bake Off,” this se­ries’ U.K. cousin, which Adams says poses its own chal­lenges.

“Usu­ally when you make some­thing in the oven, you’re in­doors,” Adams ex­plains, “but now you’re out­side with all the el­e­ments. It could be rain­ing, it could be cold, it could be hot, it could be windy. And you have to take all of that into ac­count when you’re mak­ing a dish.

“But the thing is, ev­ery­body’s all on the same play­ing field,” the for­mer NFL player con­tin­ues. “It’s not like one per­son had to deal with rain or one per­son had to deal with the wind. Ev­ery­body has to deal with it and it’s a dif­fi­cult thing to try to ac­count for be­cause when you prac­tice it, you’re in­doors. So when you’re out there com­pet­ing, it be­comes dif­fi­cult.”

Adams got to taste the con­fec­tions made in the se­ries and even got to take a few home. If mis­takes were made, he says he couldn’t tell.

“As long as you have some TLC, but­ter and sugar in it, I’m sold,” he says. “But the judges, they def­i­nitely had a hard time de­cid­ing who was go­ing to win each com­pe­ti­tion.”

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