Chelsea New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker is returning for its best season yet, with tougher challenges and baking at the highest standard of taste, innovation and presentation ever seen on the show. With more than 900 entries from across the country and a Chelsea Wildcard entry, we have been spoilt for choice with incredibly talented contestants, all in the running to become Chelsea New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker.
We have our youngest baker yet, 2010 Chelsea Junior Baker Antony Kapeli-Su’a trying his luck with the big guns. And he’s not the only man – a record number of men entered this year with five of the top 16 contestants pitting their talents against the women. This year’s contestants are all highly skilled bakers who will need to bring outstanding baking to the table to impress our judges.
This year Global Baker Dean Brettschneider and host Colin Mathura-Jeffree return for a fourth season accompanied again by Dollop Puddings co-founder Julia Crownshaw in her second series.
As a founder of a gourmet puddings brand, Julia sees baking as both artistic expression and science. So she’ll be looking for all new levels of complexity, as well as taste. Dean makes it clear from the start – the judges don’t do ordinary and they don’t expect to see ordinary from the contestants either.
In this season’s first challenge our 16 contestants are brought to the Baker kitchen and asked to choose a card – sweet or savoury. They are given just 90 minutes to create the best dish in that category that’s innovative and unique to them. But that’s not all - the contestants learn that after this challenge only eight of them will be continuing on in the quest to become Chelsea New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker.