The BBC is launching new cooking show to rival Bake Off – and you can apply to be a contestant

After losing its contract to broadcast The Great British Bake Off in 2016, the BBC is now preparing to win back viewers with a new ‘Bake Off’ style cooking show.
Known as Celebration, the programme will have contestants battle it out in the kitchen to see who makes the UK’s best celebration food.

Taking on Channel 4

Channel 4’s second season of The Great British Bake Off attracted more than six million viewers for its first episode last Tuesday, and it seems the BBC wants a slice of the pie.
However, the Beeb has already had two unsuccessful attempts at replacing the hit cooking show. Niether former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein’s Big Family Cooking Showdown nor Mary Berry’s Britain’s Best Home Cook were able to attract the same number of viewers.
No launch date has been announced yet for Celebration but it has been confirmed that the programme will air on BBC 2.

Your chance to take part

The producers of Celebration, Hungry Gap Productions, have now issued an open casting call to find contestants for the show.
In their casting call the production company said: “Do you wow your neighbours with your amazing party food? Are your delicious desserts the star of every special occasion? Does your colleague make the best birthday cakes?
“We would love to hear from amateur cooks and bakers who would like to be part of an exciting prime-time food programme all about celebration food.
“We’re on the hunt for amateur cooks who make the UK’s best celebration food. Whether it’s you, or somebody you know, please get in touch.”
Amateur bakers and cooks who love catering their own parties at home have until Friday 28th September to apply and can do so by emailing casting@hungrygapproductions.co.uk

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