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Local physicist cooking up a storm

By Lorraine Graves

Published 12:07 PST, Wed December 4, 2019

Richmond’s baking physicist is back in the CBC kitchen.

Having already competed in the first season of The Great Canadian Holiday Baking Show, James Hoyland and three previous contestants, from two different seasons, have been invited back to add a holiday twist.

“It felt so familiar to be back in the tent. I realized I had missed it but it was great to see familiar faces from my season and meet some new ones too,” says Hoyland of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 

Hoyland, who calls Steveston home and bikes to work, says, “The holiday spirit of the special show made it more relaxed. Knowing no-one was going home took the pressure off a bit. I think for all of the bakers it was just a little extra treat for us—like just one more mince pie after dinner.”

The show, based on the Great British Bake-off, skilled home bakers compete in three categories each episode. 

Hoyland says he enjoyed seeing his former tent-mates as well as meeting the two new contestants from Season 2. 

“But I actually got the biggest kick from meeting with Aurora and Carolyn since I'm a huge fan of the Baroness von Sketch Show,” he says. 

Two of the recipes the bakers were able to try at home. One recipe is completely new to them. To make it all the more challenging, some of the instructions can be described as rudimentary. So, the bakers have to rely on their knowledge of ingredients and their interplay to avoid pitfalls. 

“Of course because of filming schedules practicing holiday baking in the middle of summer is a bit odd. The kids appreciated it though,” he says. 

Hoyland’s episode aired on CBC on Nov. 13 but thanks to the Internet, it’s available online through Gem, the CBC’s streaming service. 

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