Gold Coaster will put her treats to the test on the Great Australian Bake Off

A Gold Coaster is hoping she has what it takes to be crowned Australia’s Greatest Baker.

Mariana Gates will battle it off against 11 others in the the new season of The Great Australian Bake Off, which launches on Lifestyle FOOD on October 13.

The 53-year-old said she applied for the reality tv show fter receiving some encouragement from her Country Women’s Association friends.


“I had the secretary of the CWA send me an email telling me I should go for it,” she said. “I have always been interested in cooking in general and I’d call myself a cook. I‘m interested in the whole gamut of cooking – savoury and sweet.”

Mariana will create a series of decadent treats to impress judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran,  including a molten chocolate and Cointreau pudding, an Earl Grey and vanilla Mille-feuille to a huge Moulin Rouge Windmill biscuit.

The premiere episode begins with the Signature Bake, where each competitor has a personal take on a familiar recipe. They may be told to bake biscuits, brownies, pies or eclairs, but their creativity and imagination on what ingredients they use is encouraged.

Next comes the Technical Bake. This recipe from either Matt or Maggie is a complete surprise to the bakers and revealed just before the challenge starts. They must strictly follow the recipe, which is blind tasted by the judges.

The last, and most grand, challenge is the Showstopper. This is where the bakers show off their skills and artistry on the episode theme with the judges looking for ‘wow factor’ when they judge each bake. After the Showstopper Bake, the judges and hosts sit down in ‘cake corner’ to talk through who is that week’s Star Baker and who will be eliminated.

The baker that successfully completes all 30 challenges and wins the judges tastebuds will be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker.

The series will premiere exclusively on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD on Tuesday, October 13 at 8.30pm. For more information visit