Bake Squad

Maya-Camille Broussard in Bake Squad.
Maya-Camille Broussard in Bake Squad.
Photo: Netflix


Bake Squad




3/5 Stars


Expert bakers elevate desserts with next-level ideas and epic execution. Now the battle is on to win over clients in need of very special sweets.


I love a good reality TV series. My favourite, though, includes cooking and/or baking and some form of competition. Netflix has gotten particularly good with its reality TV offering, so much so that Bake Squad even cut into my daily MasterChef Australia time. But fear not, dreamy Jock Zonfrillo, I'm back; I managed to binge Bake Squad in all of two days.

Bake Squad sees four professional pastry chefs battle it, spurred on by their fearless leader and host of the show, Milk Bar CEO Christina Tosi. While well-rounded, to say the least, each chef has their own expertise. Gonzo Jimenez is a world-class chocolatier who has produced creations for Ellen DeGeneres. French pastry chef Christophe Rull has worked around the world blowing sugar in Las Vegas and baking in an actual castle. Maya-Camille Broussard is all about flavour and can make just about every and any kind of pie imaginable, and Ashley Holt is an award-winning food stylist who makes the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen.

On that point, though I've watched a lot of reality TV competition shows, I haven't been quite as impressed before as I am with Bake Squad. The tattoo reveals on Tattoo Redo are underwhelming, Glow Up's okay, but even my liner's less crooked than the very repetitive geometric shapes drawn on one too many models, and though I can't wait for a new season of Sugar Rush, Bake Squad hits different. There's just something about a massive bottle of hot sauce made entirely of cake, I guess.

Like with any good reality series, our pastry chefs are creating for a special occasion – usually, one that tugs at your heartstrings. From a rainbow baby's first birthday to a kicking cancer celebration, you can't help but feel inspired, warm and fuzzy, seeing people come in to view and choose from the four creations. The show also takes you to the party at the end, getting you in your feels all over again. By the end of each episode, you can't help but feel good – I guess that's where the binging starts.

Seeing our pastry chefs reveal a little more about themselves and often the more vulnerable aspects of their lives also contribute to that feel-good feeling. I wish we could've seen a little more of that – a little more of Christina Tosi too. I rarely watch a competition show and find each and every competitor to be likeable, but there's a real camaraderie in this squad. All in all, it's just a really, excuse the pun, sweet show.

If you're a reality TV series junkie like me, and my endless list of shows in this review made your heart sing with MasterChef and Sugar Rush being the cherry on the cake, give Bake Squad a go. You won't be disappointed by the chefs, their creations, and the difference they make. You'll come away feeling all good things; dare I say, it's a real treat!


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