Baking shows pit cut-throat competitors against each other in high-intensity kitchens, where the contestants are usually hostile to one another. But that’s not the case with The Great American Baking Competition, a spinoff of The Great British Bake-Off that’s captured a devoted, borderline-cultish following. In the show’s pristine white tent, the nine amateur bakers compete over six episodes for small prizes like an apron and a cakestand, but they also vie for Paul Hollywood’s goddamn handshake, a prize that can be even more valuable than the monetary prize itself.

While the US version of the show has fewer episodes and contestants than its British counterpart, the format is almost identical, with the pristine tent, the bakers’ plans for their three challenges, and the judges’ commentary and judging style. Plus, the American bakers are often just as talented — and just as charming — as their UK counterparts.

Interestingly, the production team behind GBBO has moved the baking tent from its traditional location at Welford Park, which is a private home in England, to Pinewood Atlanta Studios, where The Great American Baking Competition is currently filming its sixth season. The studio, which is one of the largest filming locations in the United States and has been the setting for many blockbuster films and television series, also boasts multiple sound stages and production offices, making it the perfect venue to showcase the aspiring bakers’ culinary skills.

Unlike other Food Network shows, where the contestants are confined to a studio, The Great American Baking Competition gives the bakers an outdoor tent to work in and separate spaces for prep and storage. This makes the show feel more authentic and reflects the reality of working in a professional kitchen. And, of course, it allows the bakers to take advantage of Georgia’s abundance of fresh and local ingredients and cultural heritage.