On Your Marks, Get Set, Baaaaake! A Thread for Great British Baking Show / Bake Off & all of its sundry delights

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Paul Hollywood: silver gorilla fox

My knowledge only covers Netflix US-aired seasons which are the English Bake Off seasons 4/5/6 (it's confusing I know)

Let us now discuss Russet Gandalfs, bread lions, genoese sponges & why you dont throw your baked alaska in the bin

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 00:43 (five years ago) link

S1 - Nancy is a BOSS i love her
Scottish Norman is adorable
Russet Gandalf Ian <3

S2 - Ruby is my fave
Kimberly is a genius
Frances is lovely but her teeth scare me
Howard <3

s3 NADIYA FOREVER but seriously I have seem this season 3 times and i love it so much, they're all lovely esp Matt the Fireman

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 00:53 (five years ago) link

sue & mel are grate i love them

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 01:43 (five years ago) link

so weird seeing it called "baking show", it's like calling 30 rock "television building"

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 01:53 (five years ago) link

not thrilled about it either, trying not to dwell

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:24 (five years ago) link

soz

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:33 (five years ago) link

lol no its cool *rages-*

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:34 (five years ago) link

Great British Flour & Sugar Hour

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:35 (five years ago) link

gifs i have loved

King Luis

http://goodtoknow.media.ipcdigital.co.uk/111/000012e0d/6079/Luis.gif

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 06:43 (five years ago) link

Norman the Scot & his adorable semaphore

http://tvdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/norman.gif

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 06:47 (five years ago) link

We have all been this Dorrett

http://i.imgur.com/kBUntMB.gif

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 06:49 (five years ago) link

The Dorrett thing is SO SAD

I always scream when people drop their food, or like a layer falls off the top off a cake - I don't know why, it makes me really nervous, like watching a small child on a really tall climbing frame.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 09:13 (five years ago) link

Mr Veg found the first 3 seasons of Bake-Off for me on the t0rentz

Season 1 format is rather different! The tent travels round to different cities, they eliminate 2 bakers each episode, and Sue and Mel do a lot of 'history of the biscuit' 'history of the cake' interstitial stuff during challenges so it's not 100% baking heavy the way it is now. Which isn't great, cuts too much into the baking which is the best part. Also episode 1 inside the tent was shot very jumpily, and not very well light, so it wasn't nearly as colorful as it quickly became in the next episode. Thankfully they fixed that pretty quick.
Mary Berry's hair is very flat!
Bakers call out to the judges and ask how much time is left!
And there's some dude doing the voiceover which is v weird.

Favorite moment so far was Ep 1 with Sue sitting on a blanket inside a stone ring with an eccentric-voiced longhaired baking historian discussing bannocks and I have NO idea how she sat through that without bursting into gales of laughter. I wish I could find a photo of him.

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 02:12 (five years ago) link

oh and:
signature bakes are a little bit looser: bake any kind of cake, bake any kind of biscuit
technicals so far have been basics like victoria sponges or scones, but the bakers are given the ingredients only: no method at all

and there's a weird little canteen area in back where bakers can go up and ask for items, one lady ran over and asked for double cream.

it's kind of fun seeing how it's all evolved!

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 02:15 (five years ago) link

god the showstoppers are out of control on S1

SIX different types of bread rolls, half a dozen each! 3 savory, 3 sweet

SIX canapes, 3 savory, 3 sweet, half a dozen each!

Three puddings: suet, baked, crumble!

they must have drowned in leftovers, holy shit

i would have ptsd after these

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 05:55 (five years ago) link

it is crazy how good this show is at building flopsweat tension around some of the lowest stakes imaginable

frankie r. failson (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 6 March 2017 11:47 (five years ago) link

Every week has the "are they going to complete this in time for the judges" montage before the end of the round, and ALMOST EVERY TIME it's completely fine, and yet it worries me every single episode

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 6 March 2017 14:57 (five years ago) link

totally!! it's a very chill show compared to top chef etc but I still get stressed out

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 16:40 (five years ago) link

s1 almost done

- can't STAND ruth and it makes me feel bad bc shes a good baker etc. idk. buu her stupid "boy bait" pudding and making quiche for the finale "for the men" it's like she's pandering to paul and it drives me barmy

-they have clearly done some work reigning in paul bc he was a borderline WANKER in this season. key moment: dismissed ruth's cupcakes as too girly AS THE ONLY MAN ON A PANEL OF WOMEN!! and farting on about stuff looking commercial & professional ragh i love him now but i could slap him almost once every episode

- mary berry telling miranda she reminded her of hrself when she was young <3 that would make my life

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:35 (five years ago) link

S2 report:

Next to Tamal, Rob is the most beautiful creature I have seen in this show so far

*dies*

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 05:00 (five years ago) link

though I would have eloped with Keith in college imo

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 05:03 (five years ago) link

Hi! I'm watching the Netflix season now, and it's so refreshing watching a reality competition without any producer-mandated villains.

Also, I forget who said it, but when I heard somebody mention "roasted veg" I got a good chuckle.

Also also I have a crush on Kate.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:10 (five years ago) link

Like she is more Captain Chaos than Jordan ever was.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:11 (five years ago) link

Also also also I decided to put closed captions on because SO MANY ACCENTS, but even with the subtitles, I still have no clue what the contestants are talking about.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:12 (five years ago) link

Kate is v cool but def has captain chaos tendencies

Though lets be real, the *true* Captain Chaos is Jordan Crazy Teeth

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:57 (five years ago) link

Maybe Jordan didn't last long enough to impress his chaos on me, but with Kate, she's up one week, then down the next, then oh noes her dough is still raw and yet she ends up in second place anyway! She is a roller coaster!

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Friday, 10 March 2017 02:41 (five years ago) link

I dunno I just picture Jordan covered head to foot in flour with a saucepan burning in the background

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 03:29 (five years ago) link

Kate's hair fascinated me. Like this amazing curly braided amazingness. And she seemed like she'd be cool to hang out with

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 03:31 (five years ago) link

Speaking of hair, Chetna's haircut is soooo stylish, love it.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Friday, 10 March 2017 19:38 (five years ago) link

yes! also her grey is so good

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 19:55 (five years ago) link

Chetna was my baking crush

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:37 (five years ago) link

Russet Gandalf was p cute but I think I kiiiind of fancy Richard? Dimples + pencil behind the ear is a winning combo

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:41 (five years ago) link

and i have a girlcrush on Nancy. She's saucy

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:42 (five years ago) link

It's only natural that the Queen of Spices has pepper in her hair! xxxps

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:54 (five years ago) link

Very distracted by Deborah and those pictures of her husband and child which are just really hard to make sense of given her apparent age.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:07 (five years ago) link

And why are there only photos to show? Did she steal someone else's photos like she steals ingredients??

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:09 (five years ago) link

dude that's pretty ageist & mean

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:46 (five years ago) link

I mean yeah, sorry...but...don't you wonder about people's lives? There's a story there.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:13 (five years ago) link

there's a differemce between "wondering" & "side-eyeing"

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:41 (five years ago) link

I finished Season 2 of English bake off & it's pretty marvellous

Jo's such a love - bubbly but terrified, Essex mum finally doing "something for herself". I read online that her husband was doing 16 years in jail for money laundering at the time. Which just made me love her more. she seemed like she mightve had a hard life & that confirmed it

and MaryAnne!! What a treat. Rugby champion, baking historian, mum, wizard. Amazing. She has a book!

Janet was hilarious - mr veg said her facial expressions reminded him of Beaker from the muppets

lots of great women in this season.

As for the guys -

dreamboat Rod turned out to be a bit of a disaster, very disorganized, bit too cavalier. he definitely put the wind up Paul, I've never seen the silver fox come down on a baker like he did with Rod.

sweet baby Jason had sooooooo much potential, very talented for one so young but was just a tad too green for the big leagues. Definitely fun to watch though.

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:52 (five years ago) link

I just finished the Chetna season! I really admired Richard for his ability to laugh at himself, and it was sad to see him crumble in the last week, though I would've been fine with any of the final three winning. (When they showed a picture of a young Richard with a full head of hair, I can see why Veg might crush on him!)

One episode into the next season, and watching Ruby struggle with her lack of self-confidence is so painful (I empathize with her completely), I'm not sure I can handle a whole season's worth (I caught a random episode of this season on PBS and know she hangs around for at least a little while).

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:59 (five years ago) link

Rubes is one of my favorites, I love her so much.

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:01 (five years ago) link

She looks like the daughter of Saffron Burrows and Elizabeth Berkeley, plus her look of utter astonishment when she was Star Baker in bread week was lolz.

That aside, this cast is so much less likeable than the previous one! So many stubborn people and/or people whose insecurities are showing. :(

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:48 (five years ago) link

Yeah... it grew on me though. Francis is kind of a crazy sorcerer with her amazing showstoppers, i'm in awe of her creativity

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:56 (five years ago) link

Slight crush on Kimberley from that season. And Howard is all-time great.

Richard had a weird Martin Freeman vibe, I thought

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:40 (five years ago) link

(in a good way)

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:40 (five years ago) link

I wrote a tl:dr blog post about GBBO for my own amusement...

http://tourdefrump.blogspot.com/2017/03/perfection-failure-and-why-great.html

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 March 2017 03:10 (five years ago) link

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/mar/16/noel-fielding-and-sandi-toksvig-to-host-new-great-british-bake-off

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig to host new Great British Bake Off

New presenters will join new judge Prue Leith and Bake Off stalwart Paul Hollywood in the Channel 4 version of the show

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:38 (five years ago) link

That should kill it off then.

Ongar Is An Energy (Tom D.), Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:49 (five years ago) link

weeks like this i miss mary berry

failpies is what happens when you corner the contestants into making ten to twenty fucking pies. want good pies? allow for three to five, tops. and fuckkkkk offfff with that technical this isnt fucking top chef. its BAKE OFF. can we bake? enough with tacos or spring rolls. fuckin hot wings next? i mean christ. come the fuck on.

in other news the secret word is GLOOBY

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 November 2022 06:25 (three weeks ago) link

I just don't think the baking was very good this year. I liked a lot of the bakers - Sandro had a lot of charm, Syabira was a great baker, Januscz produced some beautiful work. But the heart wasn't in it. I don't think Matt is very good, though I very much enjoy Noel - I think he's funny and impish in a way most of the bakers appreciate.

But I think the real problem with the show - beyond the stunt challenges, the challenges they don't have enough time to complete satisfyingly, the challenges where obscure knowledge (you must boil veggie gelatin) is the decider on whether a baker triumphs or fails - is the judges. Paul has just been a grumpy cunt all series. Pru is just, meh. Neither of them seem to have much understanding of global cuisine - a problem when a) the best bakers are from or have roots in other cultures and are drawing on them for their bakes, and b) when you're asking them to make Mexican food and pizza - and their tastes don't seem to connect with developments in food culture over the last decade or so. I was ready to throw a brick at the TV when Paul said the pizza crusts were too dark - ever heard of leopard spotting, motherfucker? (Also, don't expect people to make great pizza/bread if you're only giving them a handful of hours to bake them in).

I think the Junior Bake-Off is a triumph not least because the judges are great - they're fun, supportive, but also they have a broader and younger sense of palate. Swap out Paul and Pru, and get Nadiya Hussein in - she's an ocean of charm, she's warm, she's a great cook and she understand world cuisine. And she's Bake-Off family.

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 09:42 (one week ago) link

Total agreement with all that. The fact that they shoot it all in a big tent in the summer in the south of England also means they're working in uncomfortably hot conditions all the time, which must wear on everyone's nerves after a while.

I like the Bake-Off idea that the presenters are not judges, and can therefore be 100% sympathetic with all struggles, but that doesn't mean the judges have to be so unhelpful and miserable. One of the things I like about modern Masterchef is the constant tips and tricks that they're being taught as they go along, so they keep getting better. There has to be more than "are you sure you want to do that?" and then walking away without giving an answer, so the baker has to worry about whether their method is right or not. And I really hate how they don't give any leeway if someone is struggling with their oven or an unfamiliar process (like boiling stupid gelatin). Surely the whole point of Bake-Off is to help and support and celebrate, not to try to catch people out. I'd like it to be more like the Pottery Throw-Down, where there's one presenter and one extremely helpful judge and they bring in guest judges for different specialities.

trishyb, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 09:57 (one week ago) link

Like, if Marcus Wareing was standing beside one of the chefs and noticed something was starting to burn, or the ring wasn't on when it was meant to be on, he'd tell the chef rather than have them look like an idiot. Why can't they do that on Bake-Off?

trishyb, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 09:59 (one week ago) link

I've always felt Paul's sourness a weird tone for a show which is generally so affectionate, and generally the antithesis of all that macho Gordon Ramsay bollocks.

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 10:03 (one week ago) link

I really like Paul and think he’s key to the show, but agree he’s been a sourpuss this season and that challenges that rely on esoteric knowledge are bullshit. The joy of this show is watching people succeed (or fail on a level playing field) not breakdown because of artificial reality show complications.

Also I don’t like watching Sandro being sad. Those producers are jerks.

Also agree Prue is meh but this season she seemed to be consciously countering Paul’s grumpiness, which was needed.

Glad to see Noel disappear for a while and Matt made an actual funny joke (Nick Berry!) but still get slight “Hank Kingsley on Larry’s day off vibes from Matt”

The baking was definitely worse this year but some year’s it’s *too* good so I dunno

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 10:48 (one week ago) link

They were never given enough time to complete the challenges, and the actual challenges were not as clever as in previous years. Apparently the person responsible for setting previous challenges died of cancer over the summer, and whoever replaced her wasn’t great.

Nadiya Hussein would never leave the BBC, because of the breadth of programmes she can make there. Someone who might make a good judge? Felicity Cloake (she has the Head Girl energy of a younger Mary Berry).

put a VONC on it (suzy), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 11:17 (one week ago) link

but agree he’s been a sourpuss this season

Am guessing he's recently been kicked to the kerb by another 20something.

Also agree Prue is meh but this season she seemed to be consciously countering Paul’s grumpiness, which was needed.

Yeah, I generally don't like her, because politics, but she was definitely a leavening presence. But still, so often she's like "Garlic and coriander? Weird exotic flavours!!"

I really, really like Noel, and find him very funny, and feel that he seems so at ease with himself that on some level, even when it seems he's distracting the bakers, he's actually calming them. I may be in the minority there though.

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 11:18 (one week ago) link

Ah, my partner thought that about Nadiya, too. Never seen Felicity on telly but love her columns and books. And what about some other Bake-Off alumni? Tamal?

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 11:19 (one week ago) link

I like him and he has proven much better than I feared.

put a VONC on it (suzy), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 11:20 (one week ago) link

I’ve never watched this show before but I watched three episodes with my sister - a regular viewer - including the finale, and that vegetarian gelatin thing was such bullshit!

They (the judges) kept saying “needed more time to bake/set” etc and it seemed obvious that in lieu of corralling people into fighting on what is obviously this very Nice Show that they clearly take time off to create conflict.

after several days on “the milk,” (gyac), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 11:34 (one week ago) link

The tight timings on the challenges are such bullshit.

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 12:07 (one week ago) link

I don't watch this show to see people fuck up because they don't have time for their bakes to prove, etc. That is not entertainment.

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 12:07 (one week ago) link

It also seems like the show is more rigidly storylined, whereas before it just seemed like you were hanging out with the contestants. But it’s the same missing coziness

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 12:12 (one week ago) link

what i did think last night was that a taskmaster-style champion of champions series would be good, with the last 5 or 6 winners in it.

koogs, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 12:45 (one week ago) link

Netflix airs the finale this Friday in the U.S. Not as invested this season (tacos being the nadir), though all the contestants are pleasant. Presenter-wise, Noel's outfits have been fun.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 13:54 (one week ago) link

There’s an Insta account that posts the clothes he wears plus where to get them, and it’s all Yohji Yamamoto, Bella Freud (the jumpers, mainly) and other respectable design choices.

put a VONC on it (suzy), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 14:24 (one week ago) link

i saw him with his kid at a saturday morning football club and he was wearing exactly what he'd been wearing that week on bake-off - smiley face jumper, big furry tiger-stripe coat

koogs, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 14:30 (one week ago) link

I loved his blue and yellow jumper this week. He seemed whacked out - my partner reckoned he might have missed the first two rounds due to a vomiting bug, because he looked like he was just holding it together.

bible fumes (stevie), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 14:59 (one week ago) link

Absolutely agree with everything that's been said. It was just very much a celebration of who is least bad at this bullshit than who is actually the best baker, which is just a nonsense way to decide. And no wonder Americans think the entire UK is full of people who don't know what food is when our biggest culinary TV export is two people going "tarragon? What madness is this?!" for an hour, in a tent full of wacky personality people who have never seen an avocado. It's absolutely losing everything that made it so lovely.

I really, really like Noel, and find him very funny, and feel that he seems so at ease with himself that on some level, even when it seems he's distracting the bakers, he's actually calming them. I may be in the minority there though.

No, I get this too. I feel like Matt is just there to just relentless throw joke attempts around and see what sticks, and Noel seems genuinely invested in the contestants and the show. He seems closer to the spirit of Mel and Sue. I thought he was weird stunt casting at first, and I suspect he might have done himself, but he seems to genuinely enjoy himself and that must rub off on those around him.

ailsa, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 17:02 (one week ago) link

agree w everyone itt

The judging now feels sadistic, so little encouragement at all and so far removed from the earlier seasons. That the technical failed across the board are fails of the challenge, like the stropppwaffel challenge a few years back.

However the contestants this season were true class & I am so happy with how it shook out

and can we just
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werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 November 2022 07:38 (one week ago) link

i want an orangutan birthday cake

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 November 2022 07:38 (one week ago) link

very boosh cake, i thought

koogs, Thursday, 17 November 2022 09:05 (one week ago) link

otm!

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 November 2022 15:49 (one week ago) link

great winner but agreed with many of the gripes. i would much prefer bakers with time enough to show their very very best, and a winner with an amazing show-stopper, than see who got the least thrown off their plans by time. i get that it's a competition, but the premise is that we're after the best amateur baker in Britain. what amateur baker would ever try to make ice cream with no time for it to freeze, or gelatin with no time for it to set, etc., etc.? it's just silly obstacles in lieu of real competitive challenges. Pottery Throwdown is so much more supportive, encouraging, and warm-bathy, we love it.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 19 November 2022 20:07 (one week ago) link

have we ever had a finale where the outcome was so obvious and anticlimactic? like Sandro and Abdul both kinda whiffed it and the only real outcome was Syabira winning (thank god)

music for A★TEENS’ musicians (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 19 November 2022 22:36 (one week ago) link

yeah it def felt a bit off-balance this time

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 November 2022 23:26 (one week ago) link

well if Janusz hadn't been bizarrely ejected it would have been a real fight, Syabira definitely the Björk genius of the series but J was brilliant without having an ego about it. There was something wise and oddly sad behind his pragmatism, I was gutted when he was eliminated. I'm really glad S won though.

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 19 November 2022 23:44 (one week ago) link

i do wish janusz & maxi had been in the final - i liked abdul & sandro well enough but they weren’t my picks

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 November 2022 23:53 (one week ago) link

i think janusz had the best technical knowledge too, he just always seemed to be so calmly knowledgeable- like Nancy way back in season whatever it was

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 November 2022 23:57 (one week ago) link

Abdul was a complete WTF for me, and Sandro coasted on charm a lot of the time. Maxy would have been a great finalist too. I was secretly hoping Maisam would make it through just for her otherworldly vibe.

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:03 (six days ago) link

yeah i sandro and abdul maybe were considered better tv, personality wise? idk. sandro was v chaotic to me & always made things that were too big etc. his decoration was v good though. abdul was consistent i guess but he never really won me over.

the extra slice aftershow revealed that syabira is a military tank nerd which makes me love her even more <3

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:13 (six days ago) link

also if anyone has HBO, Dan Levy’s Big Brunch competition show has a lot of early GBBO’s really good supportive vibes & lovable contestants but with professional chefs & prize money (if that’s possible). It takes a couple of eps to get there but it’s grown on me so much but the KIP vibes are v good

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:19 (six days ago) link

I'm hoping we'll get that over here. I watched a couple of episodes of the Canadian version of Bake-Off that he presented, and it wasn't brilliant but he was so lovely on it.

trishyb, Sunday, 20 November 2022 09:21 (six days ago) link

Maxi got inside her own head and undid herself, it was sad to see.

Sandro just had this nutty overachiever thing where he could have done something great but had to push it a little too far. Still think Paul revealed himself as the micro-dick wanker he is by refusing to eat Sandro's biscuit.

I thought Janusck would win after the first episode. But he started great and didn't get better - if anything, he really struggled with the last few challenges. But he definitely seemed a gifted baker.

Was impressed with how Abdul kept his head down for the first 2/3s of the series. My partner always says, until the later stages all you really need to do is not fuck up. There will always be other contestants who will shit the bed - you don't need to excel, you just need to do well enough.

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Sunday, 20 November 2022 12:32 (six days ago) link

also if anyone has HBO, Dan Levy’s Big Brunch competition show has a lot of early GBBO’s really good supportive vibes & lovable contestants but with professional chefs & prize money (if that’s possible). It takes a couple of eps to get there but it’s grown on me so much but the KIP vibes are v good

― werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, November 19, 2022 7:19 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

lol I literally just came here to post this, cannot recommend Big Brunch enough

music for A★TEENS’ musicians (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 20 November 2022 15:18 (six days ago) link

the judges are extremely kind and supportive and encouraging but never at the expense of giving honest feedback

music for A★TEENS’ musicians (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 20 November 2022 15:19 (six days ago) link

Janucsz getting sent home brought flashbacks of Hermine a few seasons prior, which was extra-frustrating bcz of that one woman who made it to the final (Laura?) by being consistently second-worst every week

music for A★TEENS’ musicians (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 20 November 2022 15:21 (six days ago) link

awww i had a TV baking crush on Laura. but yes, show definitely is starting to pile up robbed goddesses. feel like a four-person finale might not be a bad way to go, tbh.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 20 November 2022 15:59 (six days ago) link

Love Janusz but think they made the right call. Still bitter about Hermine though

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:08 (five days ago) link

i enjoyed this season just as much as any other but they botched two challenges at the end. in the patisserie challenge the showstopper seemed to me like it had very little to nothing to do w/ patisserie. and then in the final the technical was really bad, no way around it. it's weird too bcuz they started the season w/ basic, classic-y technicals but by the end when it was supposed to get "harder" they leaned a little too far into gimmick territory. i never tire of bake off tho :)

J0rdan S., Monday, 21 November 2022 21:16 (five days ago) link

i felt like the showstopper challenge in the finale maybe didn’t assign enough time or something, it didn’t feel as grand as other finales somehow idk

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 November 2022 21:18 (five days ago) link

it felt a lot like getting them to cater the final party

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:22 (five days ago) link

I'm hoping we'll get that over here. I watched a couple of episodes of the Canadian version of Bake-Off that he presented, and it wasn't brilliant but he was so lovely on it.

― trishyb, Sunday, November 20, 2022 4:21 AM (yesterday)

I'm not that dedicated to this franchise, but I watched the most recent Canadian season (S6) and liked it quite a bit. The judges & hosts (Dan Levy is no longer involved) are still kind of stiff—though I find the "comedy" on the British version detrimental at this point, so the relative ignorability of the Can hosts is more of a plus—but the contestant cohort this season was very likeable without seeming like proto-media people

rob, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:49 (five days ago) link

the Australian version is fun, all the presenters likeable

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 22:22 (five days ago) link

This was the hardest season for me to get through, but I honestly didn't connect with many (or any) of the bakers much. (Sandro possibly being a ringer didn't help.) The number of baking fails doesn't bother me so much except at the end.

I do kind of worry that the show has crossed a point of no return with its Bigger Is Better, and Less Time Is Best ethos.

Rabbity Gainsborough (Leee), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 02:57 (four days ago) link

otm

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 02:57 (four days ago) link

the craziness/unfamiliarity of the technicals and the bizarre spectacle element of the showstopper are def rivers that can’t be uncrossed

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 02:58 (four days ago) link

Yeah they're chasing drama that the core audience of the show doesn't want. We want to see people stretching themselves and performing at their best, not sweating a time limit or some absurd decoration exercise which is more suited to a Lego challenge than a baking contest. The core values are amateur spirit, and the generosity of contestants to each other. Also baking, which seems pretty negotiable these days.

assert (matttkkkk), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 03:06 (four days ago) link

Yeah, the show has basically become the professionalization of amateur baking!

Rabbity Gainsborough (Leee), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 04:32 (four days ago) link


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