Season 4 Lookback: Interviews with Bakers Larry Harris, Tanner Davies, Mahathi Mundluru, Maggie Frith & Raufikat Oyawoye-Salami

Season 4 of The Great Canadian Baking Show may have wrapped, but that doesn’t mean our craving for more has been satisfied! Hopefully our interviews with Season 4 baker-contestants Larry Harris, Tanner Davies, Mahathi Mundluru, Maggie Frith & Raufikat Oyawoye-Salami will help satiate your appetite until Season 5! Thanks for listening all season long!

Larry – 2:13
Tanner – 17:27
Mahathi – 30:41
Maggie – 46:13
Raufikat – 59:18

Season 4: Week 8 – Finale Week

So it all comes down to this! Three bakers enter the tent and only one will win! Join Michael and James as they breakdown the bakes for a final time this season and find out who won the Baking Bracket. Thanks again for all the support this season! We’re hoping to have a surprise to share soon!

Signature – Ice Cream Bombe Cake (0:00)
Technical – Gâteau St-Honoré (16:47)
Showstopper – Treat Trolley (25:35)

Season 4: Week 7 – Fancy Dessert Week

Put on your glad rags, it’s Fancy Dessert Week in the Baking Show Tent! As we get ever-so-close to the finale, Michael and James break down the bakes of the week, provide a final update to their baking brackets and guess who may win the season!

Signature – Entremets (0:00)
Technical – Passionfruit Chocolate Charlotte Cake (14:50)
Showstopper – Meringue Crunch Cake (26:26)

Season 4: Week 6 – Pastry Week

It’s Pastry Week in the Baking Show Tent and Michael and James are here to breakdown all of the bakes of the week, including their veg-filled thoughts on the Showstopper! Later, the guys go over their Baking Brackets and give a listener shoutout.

Signature – Strudel (0:00)
Technical – Bakewell Tart (19:15)
Showstopper – Vegetable Tart (33:29)

Season 4: Week 5 – Botanical Week

Spring is in the air and Botancial Week is in full bloom in the Baking Show Tent! Join Michael and James as they break down their favourite bakes of the week and update their baking brackets!

Signature – Fruit Tart (0:00)
Technical – Herb Garden Dumplings (23:50)
Showstopper – Two-Tiered Floral Cake (34:31)

Season 4: Week 4 – Italian Week

Buongiorno! It’s Italian Week in the Baking Show tent and Michael and James are here to dish on all the amazing (and we TRULY mean amazing) bakes from Week 4 of The Great Canadian Baking Show!

Signature – Biscotti (0:00)
Technical – Cannoncini (20:05)
Showstopper – Leaning Tower (34:33)

Season 4: Week 3 – Cookie Week

NOM NOM NOM! It’s Cookie Week in the Baking Show tent and Michael & James are here to gobble it all up. Join the guys as they breakdown the bakes for the week and check in on their Baking Brackets.

Signature – Linzer Cookies (0:00)
Technical – Stroopwafels (20:05)
Showstopper – Cookie Family Portrait (33:35)

Season 4: Week 2 – Bread Week

It’s Bread Week and The Cooling Rack is here to rise to the occasion (get it)! Michael and James are breaking down all their favourite bakes from the week and they also update their Baking Brackets. Did you have a favourite bake from the week?

Signature – Tropezienne (0:00)
Technical – Pretzels (21:33)
Showstopper – Bread Wreath (32:42)

Season 4: Week 1 – Cake Week

Season 4 of The Great Canadian Baking Show starts off with a bang with Cake Week! Join Michael and James as they breakdown all the highs, lows, and delicious moments as they get acquainted with all the bakers. If you’re a new listener, please don’t forget to subscribe!

Signature – Bundt Cake (0:00)
Technical – Cupid Cake (22:42)
Showstopper – Cascading Mirror Glaze Cake (37:46)

Season 4 – Prep Week

Wow, what a year and a bit! Michael and James are thrilled that The Great Canadian Baking Show has returned for a fourth season and they’re excited to get back to breaking down all of the bakes in this upcoming season.

To kick things off, the guys discuss the new batch of bakers and their first impressions. We’ve also got an interview with the show’s new hosts, Ann Pornel and Alan Shane Lewis. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode this season!

Baker Breakdown (11:59)
Interview with hosts Ann Pornel & Alan Shane Lewis (58:27)

Season 3: The Great Canadian Holiday Baking Show

The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to get in the mood than with some festive spirit in the Baking Show Tent? Michael and James talk about all the holiday bakes and the returning bakers, James & Vandana from Season 1, and Timothy & Megan from Season 2. They even speculate on some other guest appearances…

Later, the guys are also joined by Season 2’s Megan Stasiewich and Season 3’s Colin Asuncion! This is an episode you absolutely DON’T WANT TO MISS!!

Signature – Cookie Ornaments (0:00)
Aurora on Record – (9:48)
Technical – Challah (11:08)
Megan Interview – (16:59)
Colin Interview – (32:35)
Showstopper – Holiday Village Sculpture (53:09)
Winner – (1:02:04)

Season 3: Week 8 – Finale Week

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! It’s Finale Week in the GCBS Tent (a very French-inspired finale, if we may add) and someone is going to win. Join Michael and James one last time for Season 3 as a winner is crowned!

We will also be doing an episode for the Great Canadian Holiday Baking Show, so stay tuned!

Signature – Fraisier (0:00)
Technical – Marjolaine (10:20)
Aurora on Record – (16:02)
Showstopper – Pièce montée  (18:58)
Winner – (28:08)

Season 3: Week 7 – Pie Week w/ special guest Jay Smidt

We’re almost at the finish line! It’s the Semi-Finals in the Baking Show Tent, and this year that means it’s pie week! Michael and James provide “insight” as usual; although for this episode, they also share their experience being on set while the episode was filmed. Later, the guys are also joined by Jay Smidt, Season 3 baker, for a chat about his time on the show!

Signature – Face Pie (0:00)
Technical – Pithivier (15:23)
Aurora on Record – (21:39)
Interview with Jay – (24:28)
Showstopper – Tiered Pies (41:10)

Season 3: Week 6 – International Week

It’s time to hit the road for International Week on The Great Canadian Baking Show! Michael and James suffer a complete and total case of the giggles at one point, but decided to leave it in because we still laughed so much during editing. We’ve also got a new Aurora on Record this week!

Signature – Tres Leches Cake (0:00)
(End of Laughing Fit – 14:45)
Technical – Kransekake (18:14)
Aurora on Record – (27:10)
Showstopper – Cheesecakes of the World (30:16)

Season 3: Week 5 – Chocolate Week

The chocolate is flowing in the Baking Show Tent this week and the laughs don’t stop coming on this episode of The Cooling Rack. James and Michael are here again to offer uninformed critiques of the bakes and unsolicited opinions on email structure.

Signature – Chocolate Sandwich Cookie (0:00)
Technical – Marquise au chocolat (14:29)
Showstopper – Box of Chocolates (27:08)

Season 3: Week 4 – Old School Week

Super Duper! It’s Old School week in the Baking Show Tent and James & Michael are totally here to break down the episode bake by bake. (Insert some sort of reference to Jell-O here.)

Signature – Coffee Cake (0:00)
Technical – Crème Caramel (17:31)
Aurora on Record – (25:29)
Showstopper – Slab Cake (28:18)

Season 3: Week 3 – Bread Week

It’s Bread Week in the Baking Show Tent and boy, does everything look delicious! James and Michael breakdown all the bakes, as per usual, give an update on their Baking Brackets and offer some completely unsolicited, unrelated opinions. But what else is new?

Signature – Povitica (0:00)
Technical – Brioche à tête (17:55)
Aurora on Record – (27:40)
Showstopper – Bread Sculpture (28:53)

Season 3: Week 2 – Biscuit Week

SNAPS FOR THAT! It’s Biscuit Week in the GCBS Tent and Michael and James are here to breakdown all the highs, lows, crumbles and cracks of the week, as well as an update on their Baking Brackets. We’ve also got another “Aurora on Record” in store this episode, so don’t miss out!

Signature – Savoury Crackers (0:00)
Technical – Marshmallow Puffs (18:35)
Aurora On Record – (26:26)
Showstopper – Cookie Of Your Fantasies (29:41)

Season 3: Week 1 – Cake Week

The latest season of The Great Canadian Baking Show is officially underway and Michael & James are here with their recap of Cake Week! The guys discuss the bakers in action, their faves from Week 1, as well as their brackets for next week. Aurora, one of the new hosts of GCBS, also stops in to drop some behind the scenes details in our new segment, “Aurora on Record.”

Signature – Lucky Number Cake (0:00)
Technical – Strawberry Roulade (28:20)
Showstopper – Provincial Flag Cake (41:14)
Aurora on Record – (1:05:10)

Season 3 – Prep Week (with special guests Bruno Feldeisen, Kyla Kennaley, Carolyn Taylor & Aurora Browne)

We’re back! WE’RE BACK! Hard to believe it’s already time for another season of The Great Canadian Baking Show, and with it another season of The Cooling Rack! In this season’s Prep Week special, Michael and James give their initial impressions of the bakers from Season 3.

This year the guys also had the opportunity to go on the set of the show and meet the judges and hosts. Our interview with Bruno & Kyla starts at 35:10 and our interview with Aurora & Carolyn starts at 51:05. (Sorry if there’s any airplane noise in the interviews—we were outside!)

We’ve got lots of exciting and fun new content for this new season, so be sure to subscribe to The Cooling Rack so you don’t miss a thing!

Season 2: Week 8 – Finale Week

Here we are! We’ve arrived at Finale Week for Season 2 of The Great Canadian Baking Show. James and Michael, as per usual, break down their thoughts on all the bakes of the week, their thoughts on the winner and their hopes for Season 3.

We’d like to thank all the listeners, as well as the actual Great Canadian Baking Show, for another really fun season.

Signature – Swiss Roll
Technical – Princess Cake
Showstopper – Choux Tower

Season 2: Week 7 – French Week

It’s the Semi-Final and Michael and James are excited to get down to business discussing all of the lovely French bakes in the Tent this week! Competition is fierce! The guys also give their thoughts on who they think will win next week.

Signature – Mille-Crêpe
Technical – Raspberry Mousse Joconde
Showstopper – Canapés

Season 2: Week 6 – Chocolate Week w/ guest Devon Stolz

It’s Chocolate Week in the Baking Show tent and for the first time this season Michael and James are also joined by a guest: Season 2 contestant Devon Stolz! Michael and James do their regular rundown of all the challenges and at the end of the episode interview Devon (around 45:00).

Signature – Chocolate Tart
Technical – Soufflé
Showstopper – Black Forest Cake

Season 2: Week 5 – Pastry Week

Delicate! Delectable! Delightful! It’s Pastry Week in the Baking Show Tent and Michael and James are here to break down all the bakes from the most recent episode. Somewhere, somehow along the way they also get into a discussion of Cher’s new ABBA album. SNAP OUT OF IT!

Signature – Slab Pie
Technical – Palmiers
Showstopper – Basket of Breakfast Pastries

Season 2: Week 4 – International Week

It’s time to take a trip around the world in 44 minutes. It’s International Week in the Baking Show tent, so join Michael and James as they dish on how the bakers did this week!

Signature – Hand Pies
Technical – Daifuku Mochi
Showstopper – Italian Cookie Sculpture

Season 2: Week 3 – Bread Week

It’s time to rise to the occasion as it’s Bread Week in the Baking Show tent! Join James and Michael as they go all in on this week’s episode. Don’t forget to get caught up on your Baking Bracket!

Signature – Quick Bread
Technical – Hot Cross Buns
Showstopper – Sandwich Cake

Season 2: Week 2 – Biscuits & Bars Week

It’s Biscuits & Bars Week in the Baking Show tent and Michael and James are here to breakdown all the challenges the nine bakers encounter this week. And of course, there’s also an update on The Baking Bracket standings.

Signature – Bake Sale Bar
Technical – Digestive Biscuits
Showstopper – Biscuit Box

Season 2: Week 1 – Cake Week

The new season of The Great Canadian Baking Show kicks off and our 10 new bakers enter the tent. Join James and Michael as they discuss their thoughts on the first set of challenges the contestants face. The guys also give an update on their Baking Brackets and make predictions for next week.

Signature – Upside-Down Cake
Technical – Orange Chiffon Cake
Showstopper – Birthday Cake

Season 2 – Prep Week

On your marks. Get set. Bake! Join Michael and James as they prepare for the new season of The Great Canadian Baking Show. In this Prep Week special, the guys watch all of the “Meet the Bakers” videos and give their first impressions of this season’s 10 bakers. They also start a new game for the season, “The Baking Bracket,” and invite listeners to join along!

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Cooling Rack so you don’t miss out on any episodes this season!

Week 8 – Finale

After eight weeks it’s down to three final bakers: Linda, Vandana, and Sabrina. Join Michael and James as they break down the bakes of the Season 1 finale with another couple glasses of bubbly and eventually reveal the winner. While this might be the last episode of the TV show for the season, we’ve still got some surprises in store so make sure to subscribe!

Signature – Mousse Cake
Technical – Pear Charlotte
Showstopper – Three-Tier Wedding Cake

Week 7 – French Patisserie Week w/ guests Terri Thompson & James Hoyland

As we draw closer to the finish line, Michael and James are joined by recently departed GCBS contestant Terri Thompson. The guys discuss Terri’s baking roots, spirituality, and bright green icing. After talking with Terri, the duo breaks down French Patisserie week. Later, they cap things off with an interview with baker James Hoyland about his experiences on the show and what it was like to be a semi-finalist.

It’s an episode that’s as long as a croquembouche that you definitely don’t want to miss!

Signature – Mille Feuille
Technical – Opera Cake
Showstopper – Croquembouche

Week 6 – Holiday Baking w/ guest Corey Shefman

As we head into December, the bakers are given the theme of Holiday Week and James and Michael have plenty of thoughts to share. In the second half of the episode (around 38:40), the guys are joined by Baking Show contestant Corey Shefman where they learn more about his baking process.

We apologize for the mispronunciation of rugelach. James actually was right.

Signature – Bûche de Noël
Technical – Rugelach
Showstopper – Gingerbread Houses

Week 4 – Canada Week

It’s Canada Week in the Baking Show tent and James and Michael decided this would be the perfect time to start the podcast! Seeing as this is our first episode, the guys give their overall impressions of all the bakers before diving into the regularly scheduled show.

Signature – Tourtière
Technical – Maple Cookies
Showstopper – Donuts