I like this show a lot, and I thought Jeff Foxworthy was funny on the show. But I thought the judge, Paul Hollywood, came off as arrogant and it turns me off. If their was a judge from the Food Network, he or she would have put their egos in check, and handled themselves more professionally than Paul because they would have understood they are dealing with amateur bakers. Also, they would have known when to be stern and when to loosen up with a bit with the contestants. Paul brings that British class system frame of mind in culinary arts to America. Paul, this is AMERICA!! I think he definitely called the shots in judging the contestants each week. Behind the scenes Marcela most likely went along with whatever he said. They were baking sweet potato pie, and Paul wasn't familiar with it, and yet he was judging the baking. Another thing, I can't remember who it was, but someone put ladyfingers on the edge of their cake and Paul didn't like that. Uh? hello!! that is classic in cake decorating in AMERICA. Paul was impressed with Brain's final presentation, which was supposed to be inspired by the American flag. Did anyone tell Paul the American flag is red, white, and blue? Not orange and white which Brian did with his popcorn colors? The two women grasped the American flag much more than Brain the arrogant idiot did. Maybe Paul also liked Brian because he could relate to his arrogance too.
I love R91 and R94. The British on this thread who are bitching about Americans I need to them like R91 and R94. I have been to England with my brother on a business trip touring Europe to see what their baking is like. In all honesty, I enjoyed England immensely with its immense history, fantastic architecture, and superb stores. When people asked my brother what he did for a living in England, my brother told them he owned a wholesale bakery, and many said how their baked goods were complete rubbish in their country.
It's interesting the British complain about America, yet they come over to the United States and stick their noses in our business. The British like to tell American people what to do because they think they are above Americans. They are very arrogant. What the British don't tell you is that many European countries can't stand them because when the British go to their countries, they look down upon them. Some of the signatures signed by actors and actresses to free Roman Polanski in Hollywood were signed by British actors and actresses who weren't even in Hollywood in 1978 when the crime happened! Every time were have a big disaster of some kind like Katrina for example, they jump on their planes and fly over here to get in on the action in some way, and they don't even live here nor belong here.
A Brit on this threat complained that he or she is sick of Americans bombarding the movies etc. Well I'm sick of the British bombarding the American entertainment industry. We have that obnoxious prick Piers Morgan, Robert Irvine telling an American how an American diner should be like and he doesn’t even know what the hell he is saying. Another time Irvine was telling a restaurant owner what is the correct way American Barbecue should be and he side you never have hickory sauce on ribs!! LOL! unbelievable!! on and on.
However, I do love the BBC and Acorn Media. I have seen almost everything that the BBC and Acorn Media has produced because the British movies and TV series that come are truly fantastic! No one in the world can do authentic costuming and set design for period films and TV series like the British can. America today dose a horrible job when it comes to producing period films and TV shows. Even a lot of the movies today that are produced in Hollywood are crap. I give credit when credit is due, but when the British portray Americans in their films and TV programs here and there, they put down Americans BIG TIME. They make Americans obnoxious, rude, stupid, arrogant, on and on. I remember watching a BBC series and the British actress is playing a character who is American living in England. She dates this British guy, and he takes her to a Sushi restaurant and she acts like she has never heard of Sushi before because in America we never had such a thing. And oh! how weird this new food is. Yet these idiots should do their homework because America is geographically closer to Asia than England is! Also, there are restaurants of almost every ethnicity in a nation that has 320 million people!!! Yet, most of the time when Americans portray the British in films and in TV, usually they portray them in a positive way. At least the America entertainment industry doesn’t over generalize the British like the British dose when it comes to Americans.
I just watched a movie trailer which is a film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson about the making of the film Mary Poppins . Emma Thompson’s character comes off the plane at LAX and she expresses how badly the air in LA stinks of sweat, etc. That sums up how rude a lot of British people are when it comes to America. If you don't like it, leave!
Also, some Brit posted on this thread that he or she knew this show wouldn’t make it in the United States because the show has charm? really? please! We have two TV stations on cooking and baking. Also, The Pillsbury Bake off, which this British TV show is similar to, was started 64 years ago same old same old, please!