UK’s ultimate baking battle, The Great British Bake-Off, is back on PBS in America in September!
Once again for 2015, armed with it’s official U.S. title for PBS, The Great British Baking Show returns for a new series beginning Sunday, September 6 at 7p ET/6p CT. The series features cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood as judges along with series hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as they search amongst 12 contestants for one who will, ultimately be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker. Mrs. Patmore and Daisy would be so proud! The competition escalates each week as the bakers tackle a different baking skill which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.
Credited for reinvigorating interest in baking throughout the UK, The Great British Bake Off quickly became the most-watched program on BBC Two before moving ‘upstairs’ to BBC One for their most recent series. Each episode sees each amateur baker compete by having their skills tested on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts. Each competitor is presented with three challenges before one unlucky baker packs up their cake plate and gets voted out of the kitchen until the 3-baker contestant series finale decides the winner. For those new to the official ‘Baking Show’ rules and regs, the three challenges are:
- Signature Bake Challenge – a bake using a tried and tested recipe that the amateur bakers make for their family and friends testing each bakers’ personality, creative flair and baking ability
- Technical Bake Challenge – a bake where each contestant is given the same recipe using the same ingredients and recipe provided by the judges Berry and Hollywood. The recipe however is intentionally sparse and has missing instructions, as it is designed to test the knowledge and skill of the bakers. The bakers are not told beforehand what the challenge might be. The judges also judge this blind as everyone has been given the same recipe, and the judges then rank the bakers from worst to best
- Showstopper Bake Challenge – testing each bakers’ depth of skill and talent, this ‘showstopper’ bake is designed to impress the judges. What the bake looks like is also taken into consideration meaning it must be not only taste first-class, it must be both impressive and elaborate
The British comedy writing duo of Perkins and Giedroyc bring a much-needed dash of naughtiness to the kitchen, as they tease and encourage the bakers while serving as comedic foils to judges, Berry and Hollywood. Produced by Love Productions as The Great British Bake-Off in the UK, The Great British Baking Show is a perfect lead-in to Drama Sundays on PBS and, IMHO, is a perfect fit for PBS, who has since the early days of Julia Child, provided cooking and food shows that are both entertaining and educational.
The Great British Baking Show returns Sunday, September 6 at 7:00pET / 6:00pCT on PBS. Check local listings in your area.
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