Great Australian Bake Off in the works

Maggie Beer & Matt MoranFoxtel has announced it has commissioned a new exclusive series of The Great Australian Bake Off, with culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran to judge the Australian adaptation of the hit UK format. The show will follow the format of the hit BBC series, with a dozen home bakers vying to be crowned Australia's Best Home Baker.

The Great British Bake Off has been going strong since 2010, when the show debuted on BBC. It has spawned several spin-offs in locations as diverse as Denmark, Turkey, and Ukraine. The series has also resulted in a slew of cookbooks, written both by contestants and show hosts. You can find dozens of recipes from the books online through the EYB Library.

This version of the show will be judged by some of Australia's most well-known culinary stars including the self-taught Maggie Beer, who said she was excited about "working with the team at Foxtel for the very first time on this new series of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF and of course the chance to work with Matt. Such a great chef and so giving of his knowledge, I'm really looking forward to seeing and tasting what we all come up with on the show."

With Beer and Moran on the team, it's probably fair to say at least one cookbook will emerge from the program. Production on the show will begin soon, and they're already looking for contestants. Amateur baking enthusiasts can register at www.australianbakeoff.com. 

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