Reality TV and cooking shows seem to be taking over British television in recent years and The Great British Bakeoff combines both of the popular formats. Years ago cookery programmes basically had a professional chef showing you how to make things to their recipe and that was it. Viewers would go out and buy the ingredients causing a surge in sales and attempt to mimic the TV chefs. The Bakeoff is different because it combines skillful baking and a competition to find the best amateur baker each year.
It starts of with 12 bakers and each week one gets knocked out until the last 3 are left for the grand final. There are 3 baking tests every week and each week has a different theme. The 2 judges are, professional baker Paul Hollywood and 81 year old cookery book writer and presenter Mary Berry. Joint presenters are Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. To be honest I find those two rather annoying when they are trying to be funny.
First shown by the BBC in 2010, the idea of The Great British Bakeoff didn’t interest me at first. However, I started to watch it during the third series and really enjoy it now. Unfortunately the BBC have sold the programme to Channel 4 recently, breaking the team up. Paul Hollywood is the only one moving to channel 4 with GBBO, the others may appear in a new series.
The winners and some of the finalists often go on to careers in bakery. Last year’s winner and probably the most successful so far was Nadiya Hussain was taken to the hearts of the British public with the British public and has since gone on to write a column for the Times and Essentials magazine, present a documentary called The Chronicles of Nadiya, was invited to bake a cake for the Queen’s birthday celebrations and makes regular appearances on the One Show and Loose Women. She has also produced a best selling cookery book called Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story – 15 stories and recipes for children. To get a copy click here.
This year the winner was Candice Brown who was almost as famous for her lipstick and pouts as her bakes. The end results of most of the competitors is pretty good, but right from the first episode Candice attempted to do over and above the brief and when it paid off her bakes were awesome. She looked like a winner right from the first episode, but looked annoyingly smug when her concoctions were praised by the judges.
Programmes like the Great British Bakeoff are getting people more interested in home baking. I even bought some baking utensils and ingredients after the last series and had a bash at baking a chocolate cake. Unfortunately it looked nothing like the awesome creations produced in this TV series.