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A month of delicious baking on FOXTEL’s LifeStyle FOOD channel

With more people spending time at home during the winter months and in the kitchen, LifeStyle’s Baking Month looks to those who inspire and help hone our baking skills. FOXTEL’s LifeStyle FOOD channel celebrates a month-long baking extravaganza with premiere baking shows weeknights at 8.30pm in July or watch On Demand.

Be inspired by baking superstars Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Buddy Valastro, Bruno Feldeisen, Lorraine Pascale, Mary Berry , and our very own culinary icons Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Be entertained by baking show hosts including Dan Levy, Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Claire Hooper, and Mel Buttle.

Kicking off each night at 8.30pm on the LifeStyle FOOD channel - The Great Celebrity Bake Off on Mondays, The Great Canadian Bake Off on Tuesdays, The Big Bake on Wednesdays, Project Bakeover on Thursdays, and Junior Bake Off on Fridays.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off, Mondays at 8.30pm from July 5, features a who’s who of celebrities stepping into the tent, all looking to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills. In each episode four celebrities join hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding in the tent; including Australia’s own Tim Minchin who is tasked to make a meringue tower, as well as actress Teri Hatcher, television and radio star Melanie Sykes and Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp. Paul and Prue set 15 exciting new baking challenges: pushing the celebrities to their baking limits. But only one celebrity per episode will be awarded the coveted star baker apron. On your marks, get set, bake.

The Great Canadian Bake Off , Tuesdays at 8.30pm from July 6 is hosted by Emmy Award winner Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek fame and Julia Chan with judges Canadian-Australian pastry chef Rochelle Adonis and French-born Canadian chef Bruno Feldeisen. Bringing together ten passionate amateur bakers from across Canada, The Great Canadian Bake Off puts each contestant through themed culinary challenges that celebrate their diverse backgrounds, families and communities, in a spirited competition that celebrates personal achievement and the joy of baking.

A fan of the franchise before taking on the role as host, Dan Levy said: “The first time I watched The Great British Baking Show , my heart grew three sizes. It’s the most joyful, inspiring competition-based reality show on TV and I’m so excited to be a part of the Canadian series.”

Project Bakeover, Wednesdays at 8.30pm from July 7, renowned pastry chef, master chocolatier and entrepreneur Steve Hodge, throws a lifeline to struggling bakery businesses on the brink of losing it all. Drawing on his finely honed chef skills, his passion for desserts and his business acumen, Steve reinvigorates and inspires the desperate bakery owners, while design guru Tiffany Pratt transforms their tired, uninspired bakeries into warm and welcoming spaces. Together they turn these businesses around and on the road to success.

The Big Bake, Thursdays at 8.30pm from July 8, is a larger-than-life baking competition series with each episode featuring three professional baking teams who have five hours to design, bake and decorate a grand-scale cake creation based on a particular theme. Host Brad Smith challenges the three expert baking teams to create their most sensational cakes with judges Ron Ben-Israel, Harry Eastwood and Eddie Jackson encouraging the bakers to think big and bold, blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions and thinking outside the (bakery) box.

Junior Bake Off, Fridays at 8.30pm from July 9 , features sixteen talented junior bakers, selected from thousands of applicants, who enter the iconic white tent and battle it out in the most challenging and exciting contest to date. These young bakers take on the esteemed baking competition to put their skills to the test in order to be crowned the best young baker in Britain. Hosted by Harry Hill and judges baker Liam Charles, and professional pastry chef Ravneet Gill who all take on the tough task of finding Britain’s best junior baker.

Also on offer The Great British Bake Off, weeknights at 6:20pm, Extreme Cake Makers, Cake Boss, Buddy’s Big Bakedown and available On Demand on FOXTEL; The Great Australian Bake Off, Baking Made Easy, Extreme Chocolate Makers, Inside Hotel Chocolat, Paul Hollywood’s A Bakers Life, Paul Hollywood’s Bread and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.

Season 17 of MasterChef UK starts tonight (September 6) at 7.30pm AEST.

THE CHOCOLATE QUEEN

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Premieres Tuesdays at 9.30pm from November 16

Kirsten Tibballs, one of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally respected pastry chefs and chocolatier unveils all her secrets in The Chocolate Queen, premiering from November 16, Tuesdays at 9.30pm on FOXTEL. Watch on LifeStyle Food or On Demand.

Get whipped into a chocolate frenzy with series two of The Chocolate Queen, where Kirsten inspires and delights, as she works through a range of indulgent and sensational recipes over ten episodes. Kirsten shares her wealth of knowledge, ensuring even beginners can successfully enjoy her creations at home by presenting an array of incredibly clever and innovative tricks, tips, and cheats to bring the wow factor to home baking.

Passionate chocoholics can rejoice as the series follows a selection of delectable desserts including some of her favourite mouth-watering recipes, which include a chocolate mousse cake, chocolate crackers, classic comfort hot chocolate bombs, chocolate scrolls to chocolate brie! Get tangled up in Kirsten’s delicious Babka Knots and for the more adventurous, Kirsten’s chocolate spaghetti with caramel ice-cream.

Kirsten believes chocolate is the key to happiness and shares her recipes and techniques from a next-level take on a childhood favourite- the chocolate Florentine to learning the tricks to nailing two Australian classics, the chocolate caramel slice, and a twist on making a Lamington cake.

“My recipes in The Chocolate Queen are all about achievable recipes that will be sure to delight. Creations that will make it difficult for your friends to stop at just one,” Kirsten Tibballs said.

Kirsten Tibballs, who MasterChef proclaims ‘the queen of chocolate’ represented Australia at the World Pastry Championships in Las Vegas, where she was recognised as the best in the world for her handmade chocolates, as well as winning gold in the Pastry Olympics in Germany. Kirsten has also been a judge at the World Chocolate Masters in Paris, The Patisserie Grand Prix in Japan, and The World Chocolate Masters National selections in London.

Kirsten is the author of two cookbooks, Chocolate to Savour and Chocolate . Kirsten appears regularly on MasterChef Australia and contributes recipes and articles to the world’s leading pastry publications including So Good, Pastry and Baking North America, Pastry and Baking Asia Pacific, Baking Business and Australasian Baker. Kirsten founded and currently runs Savour, a school and retail space dedicated to creating and educating in everything chocolate and patisserie. A pioneer of innovation, Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School was the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

The Chocolate Queen, produced by Hsquared Media, premieres November 16 on FOXTEL- watch on LifeStyle Food or On Demand.

The Great British Bake Off

Premieres Tuesdays at 7.30pm from November 16

On your marks, get set, bake…. the much-loved series of The Great British Bake Off returns for its 12th season, Tuesdays at 7.30pm on FOXTEL. Watch on LifeStyle Food and On Demand.

Quick witted comedians Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding return to host the multi-award-winning phenomenon alongside esteemed judges, UK’s leading artisan baker Paul Hollywood , restauranteur, and food writer Prue Leith and the all-important twelve amateur bakers.

This is the ultimate baking battle, where passionate amateurs compete to be crowned Britain’s best. In every episode, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set brand new challenges to test a different baking skill across the Signature, Technical and Showstopper bakes which push the competitors to the limits of their baking ability.

Over the course of 10 episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their baking prowess. Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.

Paul Hollywood said: “I feel this series the standard of bakers is so strong, they really brought a lot of expertise to the tent this year, I was really shocked and excited to see how quick they were out of the box.

“It’s about their precision and how much they know, their baking prowess. When I first saw them in the tent, I thought we are in for a good one this year – they were all impressive right from the start. They produced some rich and complex bakes. I have to say we have got stunning Showstoppers this year.”

The Great British Bake Off premieres from Tuesdays at 7.30pm from November 16, followed by The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice hosted by Jo Brand at 8.30pm and The Chocolate Queen at 9.30pm all on FOXTEL. Watch on LifeStyle Food and On Demand.

Ahead of 12th season premiere, The Great British Bake Off has been renewed until 2024 by Channel 4.

Invite the world’s best chefs over this Christmas throughout December on FOXTEL

Watch on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand

Get together with the ones you love this Christmas with a little help from your favourite chefs. Make it the best Christmas yet with new and returning seasons of your festive favourites and have the world’s best chefs come to your home from December 1 on FOXTEL. Watch on LifeStyle Food or On Demand.

Fill the table with festive delights and take inspiration to help take your Christmas to the next level with FOXTEL’s Christmas festive themed food content from cooking royalty with the world’s best food advice, expertise, and inspiration all in one place on FOXTEL.

Be inspired by the world’s best bakers, chefs, cooks and butchers; Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay , Gino D’Acampo , Fred Sirieix, Mary Berry , Paul Hollywood , Nigella Lawson, and James Martin all under one Christmas roof, to help make this the most delicious Christmas ever.

Gordon, Gino, and Fred: Christmas Road Trip: Three Unwise Men (S2)- Wednesday December 1 at 7.30pm on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand. Three big egos on three grumpy camels- Gordon, Gino and Fred arrive in Morocco, to see what is on offer in the way of culture, cuisine, and adventure on their journey to making a festive feast.

Masterchef UK- Celebrity Rematch Christmas (S1) – Australian premiere: Thursdays at 7.30pm from December 2 on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand. Hosts Gregg Wallace and John Torode catch up with some of the competition’s most successful past contestants for a Christmas themed rematch.

Great British Christmas Menu (S2)- Australian premiere: Mondays at 6.30pm from December 6 on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand. Features a star-studded Christmas series with an incredible roll call of British chefs, all former winners of the competition and with a total of 17 Michelin stars competing across the series. Judge, Andi Oliver takes charge of proceedings as the show’s new host.

The Great British Bake Off- Festive Specials (S11)- Australian premiere: Mondays at 7.30pm on LifeStyle Food from December 6 and available On Demand. Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, and Tom Allen are joined by past bakers to celebrate Christmas in the tent, all hoping to impress the judges with their skills and creativity and take home the coveted Festive Star Baker title.

A Berry Royal Christmas- Monday December 6 at 8.30pm on LifeStyle and available On Demand Mary Berry accompanies the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on four special visits to charities they support, where Mary cooks some of her favourite Christmas recipes and helps prepare the festive food for a very royal event to thank those working and volunteering over Christmas.

Jamie’s Easy Meals at Christmas - Wednesdays at 7:30pm from December 15 on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand. With a glimpse into the life of the Oliver household, Jamie inspires us with tasty ideas for simple, affordable meals and creating exciting recipes that take ingredients we already know and love and reinvents them.

Masterchef The Professional Rematch Christmas (S3)- Australian Premiere- Thursdays at 7.30pm from December 16 on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand. Gregg Wallace catches up with some of the show’s most successful past contestants for a Christmas themed re-match showcasing their culinary skills to judges Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing and highly reputed chef Monica Galetti.

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Christmas Special- Monday December 20 at 7.30pm on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand. Hayley Sproull, Madeleine Sami, Dean Brettscheider and Sue Fleischl host this celebrity Christmas themed special.

Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas (S1)- Thursday December 23 at 6.30pm on LifeStyle Food or On Demand. Nigella indulges in some kitchen- table tourism with food from near and far, including Linzer cookies, pomegranate cocktails, smoked salmon on black bread and Norwegian pork ribs.

These and many, many more Christmas food inspired programs Including: Jamie’s Quick And Easy Christmas, Jamie’s Christmas Cookbook, Jamie’s Cracking Christmas, Jamie’s Family Christmas, Simply Nigella Christmas Special, Nigella: At My Table - Christmas, James Martin’s Christmas Comforts, Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking: Christmas, Mary Berry Classic: Christmas, Inside The Christmas Factory and Gordon and Gino & Fred’s Great Christmas Roast, all available in one place on FOXTEL. Watch on LifeStyle Food and available On Demand.

New show Make It Delicious, hosted by Darren Robertson, starts tonight at 8.30pm AEST.

An upcoming episode of The Great British Bake Off (S13 E04) attracted controversy when it streamed on Netflix in the US this week.

Season 13 of The Great British Bake Off is shown 8.30pm AEDT Tuesdays on LifeStyle Food and available on Foxtel on Demand. Episode 4 is scheduled to air on October 25.

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