Spring Baking Championship Season 8: Is Official Release Date Out or Not?

Last year, by this time, the seventh season of Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship” had already been declared by Discovery+.

As fans well know, the series rapidly built a Halloween edition, a kids’ edition, and apparently, the spring-centric edition of which many are now carefully awaiting news of an eighth season. 

But fans may hope to think that Food Network’s declaration of the release date of the seventh season indeed came on the early side, on January 13, 2021 (via Discovery Press Web). On the other hand, the announcement of the release date for Seasons 5 and 6 didn’t come out until February. 

Though nothing can be “official” until there is an announcement made by the network and its streaming platform service, here’s everything you need to know regarding Season 8 of “Spring Baking Championship.”

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What Will Be the Release Date for Spring Baking Championship Season 8?

Since 2015, the “Spring Baking Championship” has been playing off professional bakers against deserving home-spun talent to ascertain who shall gain “Baking Champion” bragging rights, not to mention a huge cash prize.

Each season after the second has included changes on the show’s idea, along with the cash prize money, the number of participants and episodes, host, judges, and, lastly, the release date for the season’s first episode. 

The first episode of “Spring Baking Championship” premiered on April 26, 2015, whereas the second season was released on April 10, 2016. Each season of “Spring Baking Championship” thereafter right up until the seventh season that aired in March.

Season 7 altered this up with a release date in winter, February 22, 2021. As “Spring Baking Championship” is at its nature a show outlining spring-themed baking, it’s less likely to have a release date for the eighth season of “Spring Baking Championship” before February.

We can’t be sure of this until an official announcement by Food Network makes an official announcement about Season 8.

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Who Will Host Season 8 of the Spring Baking Championship?

One of the biggest suspense that fans of “Spring Baking Championship” may be having in their minds is regarding who might be the host of Season 8 of this famous cooking contest.

The reason is that the initial seven seasons of the competition have seen a bit of turnover in the hosting duties department, with one host coming back despite having dodged a season. 

When Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship” aired in 2015, its host was Bobby Deen, son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. He was with the “Spring Baking Championship” franchise in all of Seasons 1 and 2 before hosting responsibilities were transferred to former “Bachelor” host, Jesse Palmer for Seasons 3 and 4.

The current host of “Holiday Baking Championship,” is Palmer, the most recent season of which started premiering in November last year.

Later, Ali Khan of “Cheap Eats” fame replaced Palmer as host of Season 4, but Khan didn’t come back for Seasons 5 or 6. Rather, Clinton Kelly of “The Chew” was appointed as host for both of these seasons.

Then, as referred to earlier, Khan came back as host of the “Spring Baking Championship” for the seventh season. It is not still clear if Khan intends to appear again for another season of “Spring Baking Championship,” nor is it clear who will take over as a judge, as there have also been alterations in judges over the years. 

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Who Will Be the Judge of Spring Baking Championship Season 8?

According to the Food Network website, the judges for the “Spring Baking Championship” are baking wunderkind Duff Goldman, chef, and entrepreneur Nancy Fuller, and celebrity chef Kardea Brown.

However, this configuration may probably appear just the status quo as of the end of the seventh season, which is to say, it may not turn out to be true for Season 8. The reason behind this is the judges haven’t always been those three in particular.

Instead, in the first season, the three judges included Goldman, Fuller, and Lorraine Pascale, a British chef and former model. All three judges later came back for Season 3 to 6. 

However, Pascale withdrew from Season 7 due to travel restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This made an opportunity available for Brown.

It is not yet clear if an eighth season of the “Spring Baking Championship” would continue with the same judges available in Season 7. 

Brown could return for the eighth season, but since it is not confirmed that a “Baking Competition” host wouldn’t return after an absence, it is still feasible that Pascale could be back as a judge for Season 8.

Who Will Be the Contestants on Spring Baking Championship Season 8?

Since its first season, a thing that remained constant in the “Spring Baking Championship” pattern is that it pits pro chefs against self-made talent to find out who shall be able to get the big cash prize.

For instance, Season 1’s contestants included chef and cookbook author, Damiano Carrara; Season 1’s contestants included two non-professional bakers, a full-time mom, and an epidemiologist. They both made it to the bottom three, including a bakery owner.

Regardless, it is possible that if “Spring Baking Championship” goes on this “pros” versus “you never know” casting pattern for its participants, a dark horse could appear. 

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Will Season 8 of the Spring Baking Championship Bring a New Format or New Cash Prize?

Throughout seven seasons, “Spring Baking Championship” has brought in many format changes. The most major one includes the number of contestants, number of episodes, and the prize money.

So, could it be that the “Spring Baking Championship” has decided to continue with a format they followed in the last season? For this, we will have to wait until the network comes up with any official announcement for the eighth season of the show. We will keep you updated about the subject until then stay tuned.

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