Produced by Valastro’s Cakehouse Media, the new competitive series puts four mystery bakers through culinary trials to see whose desserts can satisfy a panel of judges. The winner takes home a $10,000 pay day if they’re a pro, but if an amateur pulls out an upset, they walk away with $15,000. The format is much like fellow Food Network program Cooks vs. Cons, also produced by Cakehouse Media.
“As we have seen with the success of Cooks vs. Cons, not knowing who is the professional and who is the amateur makes the suspense that much greater for viewers at home, as they try to figure out, along with the host and judges, which competitors are bakers and which are fakers,” said Didi O’Hearn, SVP of programming at Food Network & Cooking Channel, in a statement.
Buddy Valastro (pictured, right) hosts the competition, and he’s joined by judges Damiano Carrara, Nancy Fuller (pictured, middle), Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Lorraine Pascale, Natalie Sideserf, and Zac Young (pictured, left).
Attaining fame through the wildly successful Cake Boss on TLC, Valastro started his own production company in 2014. In the prodco’s other two shows, Valastro takes the wheel to star in Buddy’s Family Vacation, and he serves as an executive producer on Cooks vs. Cons, both shows airing on the Food Network. Valastro has also starred in Kitchen Boss, The Next Great Baker, and Bakery Boss for TLC, and Batalha dos Confeiteiros (Battle of the Bakers) for Brazilian channel RecordTV.
Bakers vs. Fakers premieres Jan 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.