Inspired by the magic of Disney, kids are putting their baking skills to the test in The Disney Channel’s first cooking competition show, Disney’s Magic Bake-Off. The show is a collaboration between the Disney Channel and modern media company Tastemade. It features baking challenges and fun games as kids ages 6-14 get in the kitchen and bake to impress.
Learn more about the how and watch the trailer below.
Inside Disney’s Magic Bake-Off
Disney’s Magic Bake-Off is led by Disney Channel favorites Dara Reneé (Black-ish and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series), Issac Ryan Brown (Raven’s Home), and Disneyland Pastry Chef Graciela Gomez.
In each episode, three teams of two compete to create Disney-inspired cakes. Themes include ones from Descendants, Star Wars, The Lion King, and more.
“They come in and they make their magic. I was really blown away with the first shooting, how talented they are, and how much they already knew about baking,” Gomez tells Parentology.
During the show, kids are using their skills to work on cakes and take part in video challenges. These challenges play a role in the kids’ final product because what they make during the challenge has to end up on the cake.
“It’s really cool to see their minds working with the theme and how they incorporate all of those little pieces onto the cake to tell the story of the Disney theme,” Gomez explains.
Gomez explains that social media plays a big role in teaching kids baking skills these days. Many are watching videos and learning life skills such as using math to determine measurements. When kids watch Disney’s Magic Bake-Off, they will also be using their skills so they can try to recreate some of what they see.
“Some of the techniques these kids use are techniques you learn in culinary school,” says Gomez. “They’re pretty advanced. The fact that you have 12, 13-year-olds maneuvering these techniques is pretty exciting.”
At the end of every episode, the winning team is named Disney Baking Champion. The winning recipe will become a featured Tastemade video that will be available on the Disney Channel and Tastemade social media platforms.
Getting Kids in the Kitchen
Gomez encourages kids who have a passion for the kitchen to pursue their interests. Her own interest in the kitchen stems from having parents involved in the restaurant industry. Her father was a line cook and her mother, a hostess.
She tells Parentology that her parents bought her an Easy Bake Oven when she was a little girl, which she really enjoyed. As she got older, she had the chance to cook with a culinary scout which eventually led her to attend culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena. Fast forward a few years and experiences, and Gomez is now a Pastry Sous Chef at Disneyland Resort.
“It has to start somewhere. Little by little you start to build skills. Before you know it you have this plethora of recipes you’ve done — you have all these skills,” Gomez adds.
You can catch “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” every Friday night on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Check out the trailer below.