The Pillsbury Bakeoff is a special annual baking contest game show that is run by the Pillsbury Company. Although the Bakeoff still occurs today, it was televised from 1949-2017.

Broadcast[edit | edit source]

1949–2002 CBS
2008, 2017 Food Network
2010, 2013 Syndicated
2012 Hallmark Channel
2014 ABC

Hosts[edit | edit source]

Arthur Godfrey 1949–1957
Art Linkletter 1958–1968
Bob Barker 1970–1982
Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley 1984–1988
Willard Scott 1990–1992
Alex Trebek 1994–1998
Phylicia Rashad 2000
Marie Osmond 2002
Dick Clark 2004 (not aired)
Keegan Gerhard 2008
Oprah Winfrey 2010
Martha Stewart 2012
Padma Lakshmi 2013
Carla Hall 2014
Ree Drummond 2017

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Contestants have to make the best sweet dish possible. Whoever has the best dish will win a cash prize. The prize originally started out at $25,000, but then skyrocketed to $1,000,000, but then went down to $50,000 plus a kitchen makeover.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  •  Phylicia Rashad was the first female host of the competition
  •  From 1978 to 2012, the contest was held biennially.
  • The contest was not held in 2015 and 2016. 
  • The original name for the Pillsbury Bake Off in 1949 was the Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest
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