Definition of bake-off in US English:



  • 1A contest in which cooks prepare baked goods such as bread and cakes for judging.

    • ‘The chief information officer for Krispy Kreme says he will still be invited to a resource-planning software bake-off against SAP and Oracle this summer with a rollout scheduled in the fall.’
    • ‘The cycling by Colorado's swift skaters has been able to create more turnovers than a pastry bake-off.’
    • ‘Admission is free and all who come may vote for their favorite in each category and their favorite in the entire bake-off.’
    • ‘The bake-off was extremely successful.’
    • ‘There are peach cobbler bake-offs, peach-eating contests, and peach recipes handed down through the generations.’
    • ‘And we're glad you won the bake-off there.’
    • ‘I don't expect they will win any million dollar bake-off contests either.’
    • ‘For almost half a century, the Pillsbury bake-off has celebrated American home cooking.’
    • ‘The firefighters were thrilled to accept the invitation - especially when we told them they could be the judges for the pie bake-off.’
    • ‘The inaugural lemon myrtle recipe cook-off will see one lucky person win $250 for their recipe, followed by the lemon myrtle recipe bake-off competition.’
    • ‘Far from slipping quietly into the kitchen for a career bake-off, Lindquist adds, ‘I never realized how difficult dieting is.’’
    • ‘And one of Australia's leading native Australian cuisine chefs will host the inaugural lemon myrtle recipe cook-off, and Howard will judge the bake-off, ‘she said.’’
    • ‘Every two years, Pillsbury holds a bake-off open to anyone - think of it as the World Cup of Cupcakes.’
    • ‘We're doing a bake-off after the football match.’
    • ‘Make sure you're fully stocked for your holiday bake-off - cookie cutters, baking trays, flour, cooling racks and rolling pins.’
    • ‘Recipes can be gained from ‘watching’ the cookery show on the TV in your wooden abode and, if proficient enough, you can face-off against other rural villagers in a bake-off.’
    • ‘While it's great to win the bake-off, the real benefit comes from learning how others created their entries.’
    1. 1.1informal A contest between companies to win a contract.
      • ‘The bakeoff was held in a 50000 square-foot facility near Houston, Texas, generously provided by Compaq Computer Corporation.’
      • ‘That's about half of what some competitors claim, but Nortel executives said claims rarely matter as some products have difficulty performing half as well as their marketing in bake-offs.’
      • ‘Given 800 TPS was cutting edge less than two years ago, that's a fairly impressive leap, but what SSL acceleration companies claim and how they perform in bake-offs are often very different, Shah contends.’
      • ‘In a conventional bakeoff, Gundrum would have pitted three identical matrixes against one another and compared the results.’
      • ‘Apache web server was not specifically mentioned in the bake-off, but in my experience is extremely popular for caching services because the same server that can serve your web pages from your dorm room can also speed up your web surfing.’
      • ‘Every company I know loathes the so-called competitive bakeoff.’
      • ‘If it's a global car for multiple markets, we'll usually have three alternatives - contributions from Europe, America and Japan - in the bake-off.’
      • ‘This lead captured the mood of the Democrats' presidential bake-off: testy.’
      • ‘Near the end of the bake off, the company introduced "new requirements."’
      • ‘He was in a ''bake-off'' with his co-COO to become the company's next CEO.’
      • ‘The first bake-off of plastic barrels came last Thanksgiving, when the Dreamliner team produced the world's first one-piece fuselage section.’
      • ‘Once the company had narrowed the list of potential vendors to two, they had a "bake off."’
      • ‘The last application in the "bake-off" is VisualRoute from Datametrics Systems Corporation.’
      • ‘The violations occurred in 2001 and 2002, when then Aspen's co-chief operating officer, was involved in a "bake-off" with the other COO competing to succeed Evans as CEO of the company.’