The 'Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown' Judges Are Here to Crown a Winner

Chrissy Bobic - Author

Nov. 14 2022, Updated 12:46 p.m. ET

'Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown' Judges
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Kalen Allen, Stephanie Boswell, and Carla Hall are the 'Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown' judges.

It's the most wonderful time of the year: the season for baking competition shows, obviously. And Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown will make you wish you had the talent and fearlessness to compete with an intricate gingerbread contest of your own.

The show is a spinoff of the classic Holiday Baking Championship and viewers are already wondering who the trusty judges are.

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Gingerbread Showdown follows a group of hopeful bakers who try to come up with the most unique and edible gingerbread creations. If you know anything about the amount of sugar and varying flavors that go into gingerbread houses, though, you know you wouldn't want to eat a whole house in one sitting.

So, who are the Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown judges? Read on to find out!

Carla Hall is the 'Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown' host and one of the judges.

Carla Hall
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You may know Carla Hall from two seasons of Top Chef or The Chew. Either way, she's a celebrity chef that many recognize right away. She now only serves as the host of Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown, but she's one of the judges too.

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Carla also hosts a podcast called Say Yes! with Carla Hall. In January 2021, she opened up to Interview Magazine about the inspiration behind the podcast and how she learned not to listen to her gut instinct of saying "no" in some situations.

"I said 'no' to doing Top Chef All-Stars, like, twice," she revealed. "And then the producers came back to me and said, 'Let’s do it!'"

She added that she also initially said no to The Chew. Clearly, saying yes has affected the trajectory of her career.

Kalen Allen is another 'Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown' judge.

Kalen Allen is a YouTube comedian and personality and you may have seen him on a variety of social media platforms. Unlike most other judges on Food Network cooking shows, he didn't gain fame from being a chef himself, but he's sure to add the much-needed comedic relief as contestants try to wow him and the other judges on the show this season.

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But just in case you want to get to know him outside of the show, he hosts the podcast Raised By Ricki with Ricki Lake and Kalen Allen with none other than Ricki Lake. And he hosts Snack On This! on the Cooking Channel, so Kalen isn't a total newbie when it comes to food.

Stephanie Boswell has worked with Carla Hall before.

Stephanie Boswell is the executive pastry chef at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. But as far as television goes, she has been in multiple competition shows, one of which you may have already seen her on, like Bake or Break or Spring Baking Championship.

There's also Halloween Baking Championship, which she appeared on with Carla before Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown.

Whether you like to build or eat gingerbread houses, or you just like the fanfare of watching others do it from the comfort of your own home, the show's judges make it even more worth it every week.

Watch Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown on Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on Food Network.

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