A group of British home bakers are convened for a baking competition. There is a theme to each week's competition, generally in the vein of the type of goods the competitors are to bake (i.e. cakes, cookies, pastry, etc.). Each week, they are given a set amount of time to complete each of three challenges, their finished products which are evaluated by expert judges. The first weekly challenge is the signature bake, the competitors to bake something from their home recipes which are to signify who they are as bakers within the category. The second weekly challenge is the technical challenge, where each of the competitors are provided the same recipe, in large part of something they may have never heard of let alone baked before in their lives. This challenge is to see how knowledgeable the competitors are about general baking concepts. Their finished products are evaluated blind in that the judges have no idea who baked what. The third weekly challenge is the showstopper challenge, in...Written by
Certain contestants became known among their fellow bakers for specific "appearance" conventions: Helena Garcia for her love of anything to do with the macabre which she incorporated into her bakes whenever she could, Candice Brown for her deeply colored lipsticks, Jon Jenkins for his Hawaiian shirts, and Henry Bird for his neckties. Brown played up this convention in her return to the competitive tent on The Great British Baking Show: The Great Festive Bake Off (2019), where, for the Showstopper, she made cakes shaped as a large set of deep red lips and a large tube of red lipstick. Jenkins stated on camera that he allowed his daughters to choose his shirts. Bird stated on camera that although ties were not his convention in everyday life, he wanted to look good for however long his appearance on the show to mask any errors with his bakes. The week after each of Jenkins and Bird were eliminated from the competition, the remaining contestants donned Hawaiian shirts and neckties respectively as an homage. See more »
I have watched the different seasons three times, and enjoy it for a late night relaxation. I adore the mansion, the gardens and overall setting for the show, just lovely. The baking creations are simply marvelous especially the show stoppers. Such creativity! The amateur bakers are so intense on their work but often quite funny too. I loved and miss Mary Berry! She was so inspiring, with her cute little outfits and perfectly offset Hollywood's gruffness. I'm not as keen on the two new sidekicks and miss Sue and Mel's interaction and light banter with the contestants. The new guy is pretty annoying but I'm getting used to him. One thing I just noticed - everyone was wearing the same clothes for two days in a row?? Or is the whole thing is just staged in one day that is supposed to be taking two days? Despite the changes I hope it continues as it is a lot of fun. But I would be happier if Mary, Mel and Sue would come back next season....
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