Dear friends, I’ve been keeping a secret from you for a long time. But finally I can share some super exciting news… Remember when I was a bit disappointed because I went all the way to the final audition for the Great American Baking Show 2018 and was not selected to go to the show? Well, well, well… persistence paid off. I am here to tell you that I WILL BE A CONTESTANT THIS YEAR!!!! Β Can you imagine? I mean, I myself could not quite believe it. For a long time I walked around in a complete daze, unable to tell anyone, unable to have a “normal reaction” to the idea. It’s been an incredible adventure, for sure the biggest adventure of my life, but finally ABC Network announced the contestants, and yours truly is one of the ten who walked into that dreamy tent. Who baked for Paul Hollywood and Sherry Yard. Live. In real time. I know, crazy, right? I am so, so excited to share the news, and hope you will have a chance to watch the show. It airs December 12th! Β I guarantee you it will be awesome. Get it on your schedule…

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW – “Cake and Bread Week” – On your marks, get set, bake! Cake and bread are on the menu when 10 aspiring bakers from around the country step into the famous white tent to tackle the challenges of cake and bread in the two-hour season premiere of “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition,” THURSDAY, DEC. 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Mark Bourdillon)



  1. Oh Sally ! What fabulous news ! Persistence and talent did pay off – big hugs and congratulations . . . whatever the outcome, which naturally you cannot share at the moment, will be !!!! What a wonderful watching and shading time all your American readers have ahead. Well, I have a fortnight here in Australia to find out how to join your excitement as we do not get all such US shows or see them much later and late at night. Daresay YouTube may have it on after the event . . . . can’t wait ! And you do look happy . . .

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  2. Woo-hoo, Sally!!! Finally, I am able to tell everyone I know about your big news, and trumpet to the skies how proud I am of you!!! Congratulations, Sally, and we will all be rooting for you in December!❀️❀️❀️

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  3. That is definitely extremely exciting!!!! I sure hope we can get it in Canada. No point in saying “Good Luck” now I suppose because it’s all done and dusted. I expect your wide cooking and baking experience was helpful on the show – it seems the major thing contestants have to deal with is time management because they never seem to allow enough time for normal people. What an experience! I’ll look forward to your keen observations on each episode.

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  4. woo hoo… that is awesome Sally. Congratulations !!!!
    I love Bake off and watched all series in the British Bake off.
    Will be watching you if they air in Australia πŸ˜€

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  5. I just finished watching this year’s British version and tomorrow is the final for the French version so I’m SOOOO excited to continue watching my favorite show with someone I know and can root for. I’m really excited to see what you whip up! GO SALLY!!

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  6. Congratulations! It’s too soon to set my DVR but I’ve put a reminder on my calendar so I won’t miss it. So exciting! And so well deserved. (I’ve been following you, mostly as a lurker, since I “met” you on the ChefTalkClassic forum many years ago. Alas, I don’t participate there any more, but I do enjoy your blog.)

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      • I’ve enjoyed vicariously participating in your journey from a specialty bread baker who was afraid of cake-baking to a baker willing to take on intricate cakes that strike fear into mortal souls like me. And of course, I love your dogs! Best of luck, Sally. πŸ™‚


  7. OMGeeeee….. I could not be more thrilled for you Sally!! This is such exciting news, CONGRATULATIONS sista!!
    I cannot wait to tune in — setting my dvr now! xx

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