Secrets Of The Great British Baking Show

September 18, 2019

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When it comes to cooking programs, The Great British Baking Show is one of the top.  In its 10th season on British TV and streaming on Netflix (but just one new episode a week), the show has captured a world-wide audience in its weekly baking challenges that become increasingly difficult for the amateur contestants. But how much do you know about what goes on behind the scenes? Without destroying any of your illusions, here are some secrets about how the producers whip up one of the world's most beloved cooking shows. Let's start with the name, which is actually The Great British Bake Off. However in the United States, The Pillsbury Bake Off, which kicked off in 1949, is probably America’s most famous baking contest. So to cut down confusion, show creators decided to change its name to The Great British Baking Show. Each oven is tested each day to make sure they are working properly.  That means a practice cake is baked every day.  Each episode is shot over two days, which means for continuity purposes, the contestants are asked to wear the same outfits for the entire weekend. The contestants do not have much downtime. The producers don't like it if there is nothing to do, so they try and make the challenges as difficult as possible to keep you busy. Those fun illustrations of the confections that pop up when each baker explains what they’re going to make that day are actually drawn by Tom Hovey after the episode has been filmed. Even if a bake goes horribly wrong, Hovey said his “illustrations are a representation of what the bakers hope to create. Another vital behind-the-scenes role is that of the food researcher. It’s down to them to make sure that the elaborate concoction the judges have decided the bakers have to whip up is actually possible, given the ingredients, instructions, and time the bakers will be allowed. And even though the judges only take a mouthful of every bake, there is never any leftovers. The crew devours most of it and if there is any that is leftover, it is given to contestants so they can taste each other's work.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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