Where Is ‘The Great American Baking Show’ Filmed? Judges Reveal Location

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Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith have revealed to Newsweek where The Great American Baking Show is filmed and why it was filmed there.

The two Great British Baking Show judges will judge the special holiday episode of the U.S. baking competition, which was released Friday on the Roku Channel.

The Great American Baking Show will return in early 2023 for a full season, but before a new cast of amateur bakers brave the famous tent, the holiday special will have six celebrity contestants putting their skills to the test for one episode only.

Although it features famous faces—and new hosts—from the U.S., The Great American Baking Show was actually filmed at Pinewood Studios, just outside of London.

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Zach Cherry, Prue Leith, Paul Hollywood and Ellie Kemper star in a special holiday episode of “The Great American Baking Show.” A full season of the baking competition will launch early next year.
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Hollywood, 56, and Leith, 82, were interviewed on the evening before the launch of the celebrity episode and told Newsweek why the show was filmed in the U.K.

“I think it’s to try and keep it as close to the original as possible,” Hollywood said. “We did have a lot of execs over from America, and it was a nice blend of American and U.K. camera crew and sound crew. And we had our team from [The Great British Bake Off] so it kept that same feel because you don’t want to change it at all, really.”

Leith added: “The production company really understood what they wanted from Roku because it was produced by Love Productions [USA], the American branch of Love Productions. So, as Paul said, it felt like a perfect marriage and didn’t feel different to us.”

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Pinewood Studios is the home of major U.K. franchises like the James Bond and Star Wars films, and, as Hollywood explains, this added to the atmosphere for the members of the team.

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Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, judges of “The Great British Baking Show,” are pictured here with U.K. hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding.
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“When you’re there, you’re very much among, you know, huge British films that have been filmed just across the way, so that’s nice,” he said.

The Office star Ellie Kemper and You actor Zach Cherry are taking over the reins as hosts for the new iteration, and Leith and Hollywood were full of praise for the new presenters.

“They’re funny and they’re not so completely off the wall as Matt [Lucas] and Noel [Fielding] are [on the U.K. series],” Leith joked, while Hollywood said the pair were “great with the bakers.”

Hollywood has been a judge on the U.K. version of the show since it began in 2010, and he appeared in the third, fourth and fifth seasons of the U.S. version as well.

Leith, meanwhile, joined The Great British Bake Off (also known as The Great British Baking Show) in 2017, taking over from previous judge Mary Berry.

The holiday special is her first time appearing on the U.S. version, and she admitted she “didn’t expect Americans to love it this much.”

“I was truly excited about the opportunity. I’d always been a bit jealous of Paul because he did [The Great American Baking Show] before. I’m very glad they’ve righted that wrong,” she said, laughing.

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The six celebrities taking part in the holiday edition of The Great American Baking Show are former football player Marshawn Lynch, Saturday Night Live‘s Chloe Fineman and A League of Their Own‘s D’Arcy Carden.

YouTube sensation Liza Koshy, Fire Island star Joel Kim Booster and actor Nat Faxon round out the cast.

The Great American Baking Show‘s celebrity holiday edition is available to stream on the Roku Channel. Its new season is expected to premiere in early 2023.

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