What began as simply a hobby for Prachi Chaudhari of South Plainfield, New Jersey, soon blossomed into a passion. And now Chaudhari is ready for the national spotlight.
ABC Television Network’s “The Great American Baking Show” (formerly “The Great Holiday Baking Show”) is back with a two-hour season premiere Dec. 1 and this Indian American amateur baker will be displaying her creativity and flair on the popular food show, which will test the baking skills of ten amateur chefs.
Born in Mumbai, India, Chaudhari, who holds an MBA in human resources, became a stay-at-home to her four-year-old son when she relocated to the U.S. with her husband.
With more time on her hands at home, she found baking as a new love just two short years ago.
When baking, Chaudhuri told ABC that likes to incorporate different Indian flavors from where she grew up into modern American and European desserts. Her discipline, focus, and care help her to craft detailed dishes.
Outside of the kitchen she enjoys going to the park with her family, watching soccer and Formula One racing, she said.
“The Great American Baking Show” is based on Love Production’s global phenomenon, “The Great British Bake Off.”
The show will be presided over by British cookbook author and TV personality Mary Berry, who will be joined by fellow judge Johnny Iuzzini, a James Beard award-winning pastry chef. Husband and wife Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez will be hosting the show.
Each episode will focus on a specific discipline of baking (i.e. cakes, cookies, patisserie, etc.), which become progressively more difficult as the series unfolds. Every episode will feature three types of challenges: a signature bake; a technical challenge; and a showstopper bake.
At the end of each episode, the judges will name one “Star Baker” of the week, and also ask one baker to go home. In the finale, only three bakers remain and the best baker that week will win the title of “America’s Best Amateur Baker.”
“The Great American Baking Show will air Dec. 1 at 9/8c on ABC.