Welcome to Bakeaway Camp, a new mini-series to premiere on Food Network. Equal parts baking and bootcamp, Bakeaway Camp features Martha Stewart, alongside other camp counselors — Carla Hall, Dan Langan, and host Jesse Palmer. The star-studded crew will put six bakers — including Seattle’s Cortney Anderson-Sanford — to the test and they hope to be the last camper standing and win a kitchen filled with $25,000 in awesome appliances.
Anderson-Sanford is no stranger to the great outdoors. She spent years living in an army tent with an Airstream as a kitchen, raising cows, pigs, chickens, and rabbits when she was growing up on a two-acre garden. “I would harvest wild butternuts, raspberries, blueberries, and concord grapes to make homemade pies with crust using lard from our pigs and butter from our cow’s milk. Baking was not a simple task in my youth — it was part of maintaining our family’s survival. I learned how to sustenance bake in a true camping environment,” she said.
The show was shot outdoors, so there’s no telling what will happen with the whims of nature. For example, one episode features the bakers having to make their most beautifully decorated pie in just two hours, when a swarm of bees adds an unexpected twist. In another challenge, a sudden storm drenches the kitchen and puts the bakers’ desserts in jeopardy.
Anderson-Sanford lives her husband Ben, their two sons, and their dachshunds. She received a casting notice via email and decided to give it a shot and reached out to the casting department. “I love being an at-home amateur baker and baking for my friends and family and I thought this would be a fun, friendly competition between other non-professional bakers,” she said.
Despite the competitive setting, the Bakeaway Camp set turned into a real community. Just like real camp, contestants walked away with memories and friendships they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.
“The absolute best part of this production was meeting some of the amazing other bakers and Carla Hall. I adore that Carla shares the same joie de vivre and spreads kindness through her contagious smile. I am sure we will all be baking and be friends for the rest of our lives,” Anderson-Sanford said.
Bakeaway Camp premieres at 9 p.m. on May 11 on The Food Network.