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
Season 1 was different from subsequent seasons in some respects:
In season 1, the baking tent moved location each week, often to match the challenge (scones were made in Scone, Cornish pasties were made in Cornwall). From season 2 onward, the baking tent remains in one location for an entire season.
In season 1, there was a determined number of bakers eliminated each week, two in each of the first two weeks, and one per week thereafter. In the finale, one of the three finalists was eliminated after the first bake on day one, leaving two for the second, the final, bake on the day two. From season 2 onward, the general convention has been to eliminate one baker per week unless there are extenuating circumstances, with the three finalists involved in all three bakes in the finale.
While there have been three bakes per week every season (with the aforementioned exception of only two bakes for the finale in season 1), the third bake was not officially referred to as the Showstopper until season 2.
The Signature bakes in season 1 were basic in that the contestants were asked to make their favorite bakery item of that week's theme, i.e. favorite cake, favorite biscuit, etc. From season 2 onward, the Signature bakes became more specific in nature.
The convention of naming a Star Baker each week did not begin until season 2.
Yep, 9 stars for a cooking show! Even I'm surprised at that. Thank you Netflix for bringing 4 seasons (series) to your U.S. audience. Please bring us more! I would love to see every episode since its inception. I had no idea Brits take their baking so seriously so this was a real eye opener. The variety of bakery items and the wide range of genuine talent among hobbyist home bakers is truly astonishing. This show has wonderful personalities in key roles, plus the contestants present us with their unflapable, always polite demeanor, along with a good deal of humor as they deal with the nerve wracking stress of their tasks. The contestants are all so engaging that it's hard for the viewer to pick a favorite from show to show. One contestant in the U.S. Series 3, Ian, could have his own tv show, he was that entertaining. Be prepared to get a craving for something sweet when you watch this.
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