Four Canadian bakers return to the tent to compete and create delicious treats for the holiday season
The Great Canadian Baking Shows welcomes bakers for the chance to become the Holiday Star Baker
Season 5 bakers Stephen and Steve join Season 4's Mahathi and Season 2's Mengling for three yuletide challenges. Each must assemble a holiday party platter of savoury appetizers, then bake Gefüllte Herzen, heart-shaped German holiday cookies filled with raspberry jam and covered in chocolate. Finally, the bakers will create a show stopping holiday scene cake elaborately decorated to tell a festive tale.
Judges Bruno Feldeisen and Kyla Kennaley will determine the winner. Watch Sunday November 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.
MAHATHI MUNDLURU (she/her)
Hometown: Markham, Ont.
Occupation: Marketing Specialist
Mahathi is a fearless baker who loves to infuse the flavours of her Indian heritage. Her dad is a fruit importer so she takes advantage of the freshest deliveries to create exotic bakes for her friends and family. A lover of marine life and an avid traveller, her bakes are often inspired by her scuba diving adventures.
Multi-talented, Mahathi is also skilled in flute, guitar, classical Indian dancing and henna artistry. She reached the finale in Season 4, alongside Tanner and Raufikat.
MENGLING CHEN (she/her)
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Occupation: Market Research Account Manager
Mengling is an artist who is skilled at drawing and digital painting. Looking for a new creative outlet about 10 years ago, she became obsessed with baking and loves to experiment with unique ingredients including taro, red bean, or soursop. She's been known to take a "bake-cation" day if there is an important event coming up to bake for! Her primary taste testers are her family, especially her dog, Nimbus, for whom she bakes a birthday cake every year.
Mengling reached Season 2's semi-final. Her genuine reactions in the tent made her a fan favourite.
STEPHEN NHAN (he/him)
Hometown: Regina, S.K.
Occupation: Healthcare Assessor
Stephen grew up helping his parents in their Chinese-Canadian restaurant. As a kid, while his friends watched cartoons, he was glued to cooking shows! His other love is health sciences, having earned degrees in physiology and pharmacology, pharmacy, and health information management. Baking is the perfect creative outlet for Stephen because it allows him to combine his scientific brain with his passion for food.
Stephen's humour and subtle dance moves brought loads of fun to the tent in Season 5.
STEVE LEVITT (he/him)
Hometown: Aurora, Ont.
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Steve started baking because he decided that if he was going to indulge in treats, he wanted them to be the very best possible! For him, flavour always comes first. He's also the owner of a promotional products company, loves taking long trips on his motorcycle and practices yoga and meditation with his wife and two daughters.
Steve baked his way into the Season 5 finale alongside Vincent and Aimee, with his grandmother's pastry cutter at his side.
Watch The Great Canadian Holiday Baking Show, Sunday November 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) pm on CBC and CBC Gem.