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Great British Bake-Off (AKA Great British Baking Show) Is Back! PART 2

The other thread maxed out at 600, so let's continue.

They mentioned on this week's episode that this was Paul's 100th show. He's the only on-air person who's been with the show since the beginning. On "Extra Slice" they showed some brief clips of him over the years and you can see how his appearance has changed.

by Anonymousreply 488Last Monday at 3:29 PM

Shame the American version was pulled due to a rapey contestant.

by Anonymousreply 110/31/2020

Here’s Prue’s Tory MP (and BFF of Dominic Cummings, coincidentally enough) son forgetting to wear a mask after typing in all caps that everyone MUST WEAR A MASK!

And then he expressed how terribly aggrieved he was that someone would take a photo rather than getting within droplet distance of his COVID holes and asking nicely if he’d put a mask on.

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by Anonymousreply 210/31/2020

I never understood the hype around this show.

by Anonymousreply 310/31/2020

Link to the first thread:

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by Anonymousreply 410/31/2020

[quote]Shame the American version was pulled due to a rapey contestant.

I thought it was one of the judges.

by Anonymousreply 510/31/2020

The show almost came to a screeching halt in 2017 when allegations of sexual misconduct were made known. Judge Johnny Iuzzini came under fire after several women came forward saying that they were subjected to sexual harassment while working under Iuzzini several years earlier. "He would stand behind you really closely and breathe on your neck," a pastry chef who worked with Iuzzini told Mic. "I think he did things to make people uncomfortable, and to see what he could get away with." One of the chefs said he stuck his tongue in her ear, and others claimed he often simulated sex acts with them from behind.

Iuzzini denied the allegations, although he apologized if he had inadvertently harmed anyone. "I am shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded," he said in a statement. "More importantly, I am deeply sorry to those who felt hurt."

Whether or not Iuzzini was guilty, the damage was done. The Great American Baking Show was part way through its third season when the allegations came to light, and the decision was made to fire Iuzzini and not air the remaining episodes of the show.

by Anonymousreply 610/31/2020

[quote]I think he did things to make people uncomfortable...

Like forcing himself on those of us with eyes.

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by Anonymousreply 710/31/2020

All my favorite have been out the last few weeks. I loved Mark. Not sure who I can support now. Sometimes I like Lottie, other times I think she’s fake just doing a quirky persona for the camera. Dave is for sure a sociopath.

by Anonymousreply 811/01/2020

Dave makes me uncomfortable, I like Lottie, Hermine and the other Mark.

by Anonymousreply 911/02/2020

I've been so consumed with the election I forgot there was a new episode! This will be a nice comfort after a stressful week.

by Anonymousreply 1011/06/2020

Glad that Dave was able to redeem himself in the showstopper challenge. I think it will be Peter or Hermine who win.

by Anonymousreply 1111/06/2020

I can't help it, I have such a crush on Dave. Maybe it's because he reminds me of my first boyfriend: tall, dark hair and eyes, kind of dorky, good cook, BIG ASS.

by Anonymousreply 1211/06/2020

R9 "The other Mark" is actually a Marc.

I wish there were a way to find out what all of those references and inside jokes that the hosts are making are all about. And has anyone (beside the Brits) ever heard of a finger donut? I'm pretty knowledgeable about food and I've never heard of them.

by Anonymousreply 1311/06/2020

At first I thought finger donut was another term for cruller but those seemed more like buns than donuts.

Funny that Noel's list of great things about the 1980s was all people associated with NYC and not the UK. And that was a good era for British comedy. I wonder who he would cite as comedic influences.

Making them work with ice cream in that tent is just cruel. At least we didn't get another Bincident.

I will miss Lottie's dry humor.

I think Hermine and Peter are a lock for the final so the only suspense left is who takes the third slot. My money's on Marc. Sorry Dave, but Dataloungers will console you by fingering your donut.

by Anonymousreply 1411/07/2020

That fat, yet cheery and really lovely, girl makes too many mistakes to make to the finale. Dave and Marc are a toss up, but Dave’s got a better personality (gay straight guy), so I’d rather see him in the final three.

by Anonymousreply 1511/07/2020

You don't think Dave's personality is somewhat undermined by all his serial killing?

by Anonymousreply 1611/07/2020

Not if it doesn't affect his bakes, R16.

by Anonymousreply 1711/07/2020

I’ve loved Noel since Mighty Boosh days but he needs to bleach his choppers. Yellow teeth are yuck.

by Anonymousreply 1811/07/2020

When can you know what the theme is for the week?

by Anonymousreply 1911/07/2020

At the end of the episode there is usually a teaser for the next one. Next week is Dessert Week and it looks like they have to make some gelatin monstrosity.

by Anonymousreply 2011/07/2020

Just watched the first 2018 Christmas special and Noel is wearing an amazing pimp coat.

The second episode has Steven and Tamal. *swoon*

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by Anonymousreply 2111/07/2020

Did no one else catch Noel's reference to Grindr?

by Anonymousreply 2211/07/2020

Steven's New Year's Eve showstopper was a Dialing The Phone With a Pencil Cake!

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by Anonymousreply 2311/07/2020

Yes, r22, I had a laugh when Noel outed ET with the Grindr reference. I also noted Peter and Dave’s legs in their summer shorts.

by Anonymousreply 2411/08/2020

Episode eight.

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by Anonymousreply 2511/10/2020

Wow. On to the semi-finals.

by Anonymousreply 2611/10/2020

That fat blonde whore drives me crazy.

by Anonymousreply 2711/10/2020

I think Noel has a bi side, and I think it's into Peter

by Anonymousreply 2811/10/2020

Noel gave good fuck me eyes to Lottie. I will miss it.

by Anonymousreply 2911/10/2020

That elimination was a shocker and I demand a recount.

Hermine really was the MVP though, for her bakes and her general attitude especially during the technical.

And really, Pru? Your favorite dessert is a steamed whole lemon? Explains a lot.

by Anonymousreply 3011/11/2020

Is Prue a wingnut like her son?

by Anonymousreply 3111/11/2020

I suppose they'll be pulling out the old fondant fancies soon.

by Anonymousreply 3211/11/2020

I hope someone leaks Dave’s cock shots.

by Anonymousreply 3311/11/2020

Yes, Prue is a complete wingnut.

by Anonymousreply 3411/11/2020

And another Christmas theme from Peter

by Anonymousreply 3511/11/2020

Backstory wise it would make sense that Marc wins. One-legged, social worker and single dad taking care of his two daughters and the world during this pandemic (well, except for competing on the show). And he's from CORNWALL, which seems mighty important for some reason since it's usually mentioned at least once in each episode.

by Anonymousreply 3611/11/2020

Gimps never win.

by Anonymousreply 3711/11/2020

Who cares about Cornwall? I’m from WALES! Here I am with a traditional WELSH bara brith mushroom!

There are WELSH secrets lurking beneath that classic WELSH fondant — WELSH Red Dragon cheddar and WELSH laverbread!

Because I’m WELSH, and that’s how we do it in WALES!

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by Anonymousreply 3811/11/2020

[quote]Sorry Dave, but Dataloungers will console you by fingering your donut.

Depends on the filling.

by Anonymousreply 3911/11/2020

I think they want Hermine to win. (She's my favorite, too.)

Now, watch her get the boot next week.

Really, this is their weakest final four they've ever had. In any other season, none of them would have made it this far.

It had better not be that dreary fat girl for the win.

by Anonymousreply 4011/12/2020

Using rose water would be the kiss of death, but someone will try it. The challenge should be to make a cake in the shape of your genitals.

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by Anonymousreply 4111/13/2020

The two cute guys made it through to the semi final and that’s what matters to DataLounge.

Either Dave or the charming fat blonde woman will be eliminated next. I hope it’s the fattie.

by Anonymousreply 4211/13/2020

Ridiculous to eliminate Marc. He’s heads & shoulders about Laura

by Anonymousreply 4311/13/2020


by Anonymousreply 4411/13/2020

Fat Fraus love fat fraus on the telly r43

Remember, it’s a TV series and ratings are the one true god

by Anonymousreply 4511/13/2020

Laura did better than him though. His was definitely the worst showstopper.

by Anonymousreply 4611/13/2020

Fat lady makes me cry, she is so scary and fat.

David looks like a sociopath.

by Anonymousreply 4711/13/2020

"looks like"

by Anonymousreply 4811/13/2020

Bless your confused, illiterate heart r47

Dave looks like he could throw a mean fuck

Peter is 100% bottom

by Anonymousreply 4911/13/2020

So is there a reason the Extra Slice for episode 7 (last week's) hasn't shown up in the usual place that's linked here? Is it available somewhere else (for us US viewers)?

by Anonymousreply 5011/13/2020

clump posts when they post.

by Anonymousreply 5111/13/2020

Extra Slice was a day early this week.

by Anonymousreply 5211/13/2020

HDClump has Episodes 7 and 8 of the actual series, but Extra Slice stops after Episode 6.

by Anonymousreply 5311/13/2020

clump posts when they post.

by Anonymousreply 5411/13/2020

Are all these bizarre concoctions (like the jellies and highly ornamented cakes) common in Britain? Or is it just for the show?

by Anonymousreply 5511/13/2020

The jelly's are pretty gross looking. Does the jelly have a taste? (Has anyone had anything like this?)

by Anonymousreply 5611/13/2020

They're not at all common. It's high end patisserie stuff, probably more common in France than the UK.

by Anonymousreply 5711/13/2020

Paul even said that Hermine's showstopper was like something he'd expect to see in the window of Fauchon in Paris.

by Anonymousreply 5811/13/2020

I’m still so shocked at all the American slang & sayings all of these British people are using. It’s constant. I’m watching an older GBBO series and a contestant who is a bartender was shown handing a customer a drink saying, “There you go, buddy.”


by Anonymousreply 5911/13/2020

" Buddy" is probably of British origin:

1850, American English, possibly an alteration of brother, or from British colloquial butty "companion" (1802), itself perhaps a variant of booty in booty fellow "confederate who shares plunder" (1520s). But butty, meaning "work-mate," also was a localized dialect word in England and Wales, attested since 18c., and long associated with coal miners. Short form bud is attested from 1851. Reduplicated form buddy-buddy (adj.) attested by 1952, American English.

by Anonymousreply 6011/13/2020

SO glad Peter survived. Want Laura to go next week. They had definitely had a hard-on for Hermine the entire time. Her poppy jelly was pretty fantastic though.

by Anonymousreply 6111/13/2020

Imagine how red Pete's cheeks must get when he orgasms.

by Anonymousreply 6211/13/2020

Which cheeks r62?

by Anonymousreply 6311/13/2020

[quote] " Buddy" is probably of British origin

“Buddy” is a well known American colloquialism. And most words used by americans are from the English language. That doesn’t mean all English worlds are American colloquialisms. .

And “there you go Buddy” is as American as you can get.

“There you are mate” would be more like what a British person would have said up until recently.

And hearing British people say “you guys”....grates on the ears. And don’t give me bs about how “guy” is a British word. “You guys” is a well known Americanism.

“Mate” is a well known word for “friend” but is not an Americanism. Get it? Not all English words are American colloquialisms. Not all English colloquialisms are used in America.

by Anonymousreply 6411/13/2020

[quote]Paul even said that Hermine's showstopper was like something he'd expect to see in the window of Fauchon in Paris.

Paul must not get out much. Gelatin (or more authentically, agar) with injected flower designs started as an ornate version of mizu shingen mochi.

It really took off when “satisfying” videos became popular, which is a good thing since it’s a lot nicer to look at than it is to eat.

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by Anonymousreply 6511/13/2020

R64, Mary! Take a pill.

by Anonymousreply 6611/13/2020

Of course they kept the cute twink instead of the old guy. Peter's 3 bakes were all weak but oh, those eyes . . .

by Anonymousreply 6711/13/2020

R64 Do shut up. Or fuck off. Ideally both.

by Anonymousreply 6811/13/2020

R64 Good onya,dude.

by Anonymousreply 6911/13/2020

Hermine is smart. She really knows how to bake, she follows the instructions to a T, and if she's not sure of a recipe she doesn't try to fancy it up, but makes a classic version. Even those with her own inventive touch tend to be sensible variations. That Japanese poppy cake was nothing I would want to eat, but it hewed to the rules perfectly and was stunning.

I loved Lottie's sense of humor (and her eye makeup!) but she always would try things beyond her skill level and it doomed her.

by Anonymousreply 7011/13/2020

Dear god, you're tiresome r64.

by Anonymousreply 7111/14/2020

I would like to console Dave when he loses,

by Anonymousreply 7211/14/2020

An Extra Slice, week 8

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by Anonymousreply 7311/14/2020

r73 Thanks! I guess we're never going to get Episode 7.

by Anonymousreply 7411/14/2020

I think Lottie cast a witch's spell of it.

by Anonymousreply 7511/14/2020

[quote] shut up. Or fuck off. Ideally both

You first

by Anonymousreply 7611/14/2020

" What did they put in there before a lemon - syphilis?"

by Anonymousreply 7711/14/2020

Does Peter get penetrated by Mr. Spoon next week?

by Anonymousreply 7811/14/2020

We can only hope.

by Anonymousreply 7911/14/2020

Sure, why should next week be any different?

by Anonymousreply 8011/14/2020

Either Mr. Spoon or Dave.

by Anonymousreply 8111/14/2020

So who will make the finale besides Hermine?

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by Anonymousreply 8211/14/2020

Are they seriously pulling out those fucking fondant fancies again?

by Anonymousreply 8311/14/2020

So, does anyone believe the Sun report that Paul was banging Lottie? This is about how fans think he had the hots for her.

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by Anonymousreply 8411/14/2020

Would Hermine be considered an underdog? I thought she did very well so far with her exotic take on her baked goods.

You can see cracks in both Dave and Peter and they seem to slip to the bottom of the challenges.

by Anonymousreply 8511/15/2020

[quote]You can see cracks in both Dave and Peter

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 8611/15/2020

The eventual Bake-Off winners often have late-series wobbles. However, you could argue that it would be less likely this series, as the schedule is so much shorter and bakers don't have as much time and opportunity to recover and take stock.

by Anonymousreply 8711/15/2020

If our jokes weren't fairly obvious I would think the Extra Slice writers are trolling Datalounge for ideas.

by Anonymousreply 8811/15/2020

Every time there is a young, attractive female contestant, rumors go around that Paul is showing favoritism. Considering that Lottie got knocked out halfway through, the favoritism couldn't have been that acute. I think if there is favoritism being shown to a contestant, it's Peter.

by Anonymousreply 8911/15/2020

Everyone... hosts, judges, other contestants....wants to bang Peter

by Anonymousreply 9011/15/2020

I do.... and I can't bake.

by Anonymousreply 9111/15/2020

What a delightful show.

by Anonymousreply 9211/15/2020

There is no way that Laura belongs in the final three. She has been a fun contestant but has had too many near disasters.

by Anonymousreply 9311/15/2020

Near disasters? I would say actual disasters!

She’s a hot mess for sure.

That jelly thing was terrible, yet they still liked the flavors.

She is always messing up somehow yet she pulls it off in the end. I guess editing is building a story for her.

by Anonymousreply 9411/15/2020

It's also possible that her bakes taste good but just look a mess. The people eliminated this year seem to be the ones who gross out the judges with terrible tasting food.

by Anonymousreply 9511/15/2020

I thought her jelly koi pond was cool. Not as attractive as Hermine's, but better looking than Peter's.

by Anonymousreply 9611/15/2020

nothing looks better than peters.

by Anonymousreply 9711/15/2020

Peter's peter. Yum

by Anonymousreply 9811/15/2020

[quote]Everyone... hosts, judges, other contestants....wants to bang Peter

Not me. I find Peter horribly unattractive. I'd choose Dave and Paul Hollywood over Peter. Or even Mark. And I would've taken Mak over all of them.

by Anonymousreply 9911/15/2020

Peter comes across as a virgin schoolboy. Not my cup of tea.

by Anonymousreply 10011/15/2020

Many, many porn films suggest that a lot of folks don't share your tastes, R100.

by Anonymousreply 10111/15/2020

Peter has the rosiest cheeks I've ever seen. Does he accomplish that with make-up or does he have some fetish where he gets off on people pinching his cheeks?

by Anonymousreply 10211/15/2020

Which cheeks r102?

by Anonymousreply 10311/15/2020

Peter definitely has a nice ass. I guess all of that badminton is doing him good.

I can't make out what the tattoo is on Dave's left outer calf.

by Anonymousreply 10411/15/2020

Ladies pinch, whores use rouge.

by Anonymousreply 10511/15/2020

Strange podcast, especially at 10:09 where the host says that Peter seems the type that even he could convince to go to bed with him.

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by Anonymousreply 10611/15/2020

Laura should be long gone but they keep her because she’s fat & jolly.

by Anonymousreply 10711/15/2020

Answering some common questions.

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by Anonymousreply 10811/15/2020

Peter must win or there is no justice in the universe.

by Anonymousreply 10911/15/2020

If you like the Great British Bake-Off Show, then I highly suggest you check out The Big Flower Fight on Netflix. It's a stunning competition show for florists and artists. I'm obsessed with it.

by Anonymousreply 11011/15/2020

Hermine should be a heavy favorite next week, as the theme of patisserie is her strength.

by Anonymousreply 11111/16/2020

Unless Hermine makes a colossal fuck-up, she is the winner.

In other news, I totally had a sexy dream about Dave last night.

by Anonymousreply 11211/16/2020

Bake-Off contestants have a long tradition of coming a cropper in their favourite area.

by Anonymousreply 11311/16/2020

Details, R112!

by Anonymousreply 11411/16/2020

I was a bit surprised that Marc's daughters were with him in the isolation. But then I wondered who was there for the other contestants:

The Great British Bake Off contestants and judges don’t have to follow social distancing rules because they all had to self-isolate for two weeks before filming began.

Some bakers were allowed to bring their partners and children with them, while judge Prue Leith also brought her dogs.

Those taking part also had to isolate for nine days and take three COVID tests before entering the hotel, while producers worked out ways to transport people to the hotel “so people wouldn’t need to use any public toilets.”

Everyone involved then stayed at the hotel for the whole six-week period with a schedule of “two days on, two days off”, so they formed one, huge social bubble.

To keep everyone entertained, football matches and cinema and bingo nights were held in for the cast and crew.

by Anonymousreply 11511/16/2020

For the critics of Sussex pound pudding., including the picture caption: Peter ponders his pond puds:

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[quote]Some bakers were allowed to bring their partners and children with them, while judge Prue Leith also brought her dogs.

Marc said (on Extra Slice) that there were four or five dogs there, including his own (Hamish, after whom he modeled his cake during Japanese week.)

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by Anonymousreply 11711/16/2020

Hermine had a Q&A on her Instagram and she said that she and Mark were the only single parents, so it was just her son and his daughters there.

by Anonymousreply 11811/16/2020

Who did Peter bring with him? One assumes his brother is happy to have the house to himself.

by Anonymousreply 11911/16/2020

Peter is like the trembling heart of a captive bird...

by Anonymousreply 12011/16/2020

Peter won't want anyone round to cramp his style.

by Anonymousreply 12111/16/2020

Peter needs those long edge sessions.

by Anonymousreply 12211/16/2020

[quote]Bake-Off contestants have a long tradition of coming a cropper in their favourite area.

Such a shame when someone stumbles at a critical moment.

by Anonymousreply 12311/16/2020

Watching one of the earlier seasons of this snow and Rahual is painful to watch. I’m afraid he’s going to commit suicide if he doesn’t get a “well done.”

He also reminds me of a dark skinned Michael J Pollard

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by Anonymousreply 12411/16/2020

Rahul and Ruby were both British Debbie Downers.

by Anonymousreply 12511/16/2020

Is it just me or is Kim-Joy from season 7 strange looking with her highly roughed cheeks?

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by Anonymousreply 12611/16/2020

Rahul was fun to watch. He was always so dramatic, and yet he usually had the best bakes by far.

by Anonymousreply 12711/16/2020

Which favorites to win were upset in the finale? Which win was the most shocking to you? I thought there was no way John Whaite would win.

by Anonymousreply 12811/16/2020

Yeah I wanna bang Noel. Eating disorder and all.

by Anonymousreply 12911/16/2020

What kind of eating disorder does Noel have?

Sorry if it's from the first thread, I missed a lot of that one.

by Anonymousreply 13011/16/2020

Noel-banger, beware. After seeing the video of Amy Winehouse — at her filthiest and most strung-out — wipe her face after Noel kissed her on the cheek, I've always wondered why. Breath? Drool?

Please report back.

by Anonymousreply 13111/16/2020

Rahul is one of the few contestants I found hard to take. His everpresent anxiety just wasn't fun to watch. At least Ruby had some lighter moments.

[quote]Which favorites to win were upset in the finale? Which win was the most shocking to you?

I was surprised Frances won, since I thought the judges had it in for her. I was surprised Richard and Steven didn't win their seasons. But it's always a close finish so not really shocking.

by Anonymousreply 13211/17/2020

Frances was a surprise and I agree with Richard. In Frances's season, who would have been the favorite, Kimberley or Ruby?

by Anonymousreply 13311/17/2020

Noel’s giant head disturbs me.

by Anonymousreply 13411/17/2020

Noel's existence disturbs me. Unlike others here, I find him extremely annoying and not a bit funny. Every shot of him is cringe worthy and his stupid antics take time away from the bakers. He laughs at everything he says and does and he strikes me as an extremely insecure twit.

Apparently he's famous for some reason.

I'm about to give up on the show because of him.

As an aside, I think they are now casting the show for characters rather than the quality of bakers. Since the changeover it continues to go farther downhill every succeeding season.

by Anonymousreply 13511/17/2020

It’s a TELEVISION series r135

The producers have always cast for characters. If they didn’t, there would be 11 old frumpy women and 1 old queen, churning out endless perfect Victoria’s sponges.

by Anonymousreply 13611/17/2020

I don't think Noel is funny, but he seems to get along with the bakers alright. I am used to him by now.

The worst season of the show for me was the one with Frances and Ruby. Ruby would put out some ugly mess with the camera constantly fixed on her sullen face and Paul and Mary would ooh and ah over her - it made me sick! Frances could do whimsy, but they kept saying her flavors weren't great. I also wasn't a fan of the last season bunch of children who were stumped by choux pastry. This season is an improvement if you ask me.

by Anonymousreply 13711/17/2020

[quote]Is it just me or is Kim-Joy from season 7 strange looking

It's mean of me but my private nickname for her is Mokey, as in Mokey Fraggle. There's something Muppet-like about her.

by Anonymousreply 13811/17/2020


I'm aware of that, but if it was so - and you're most likely right - selecting a varied group and types of people in the early seasons still feels different than selection of "characters" in the later seasons.

It may be semantics; I'm just saying it feels and appears different. There was a definite change in the show when the move from the BBC happened.


I'm waiting for one of the bakers to tell him to fuck off. Lottie came REALLY close one time, and I was surprised they showed the exchange. Actually, it doesn't matter because I don't think they'd ever show such an exchange, but watching the bakers one can see annoyance. I mean, what are they supposed to do? Pick a fight with a host? Meanwhile they lose precious baking time while he shows off his wit and antics. I can't imagine that the bakers don't find that annoying.

I'll step away from the TV now.

by Anonymousreply 13911/17/2020

Noel slagged off Lottie in one of the post-bake tête-à-têtes where they discuss everyone’s bake. They said something about Lottie having it together (or something like that) & Noel said, “But does she? She’s all...” and he made a face and moved his head & heads around like someone who was anxiously confused & nutty. It was pretty ugly.

by Anonymousreply 14011/17/2020

They are way too easy on Liam in season 5. His early stuff was awful, then Paul have him a handshake for some mediocre thing he baked.

by Anonymousreply 14111/17/2020

I don't blame Lottie for wanting Noel to buzz off. He was sliming up on her during every episode--he clearly wanted in her skinny jeans. With a wife and kid at home--ass.

by Anonymousreply 14211/17/2020

Stacy has also been on season 5 well past the time when she should’ve been sent home,

by Anonymousreply 14311/17/2020

he wanted to wear her skinny jeans

by Anonymousreply 14411/17/2020

Ugh. Pipettes.

by Anonymousreply 14511/17/2020

You're going to love the positioning of Dave's technical.

by Anonymousreply 14611/17/2020

Some, hopefully, non-spoiling observations. Laura (regarding her baking skills) was described as ‘diamond in the rough’. She exudes warmth and character and could be instagram cute if she shape shifted a tad but I would watch any show she is in right now. Wardrobe direction: 3 Hawaiian, 3 plain? Plus, excitingly, Noel launches a successful ‘surprise’ rear embrace of Peter. Huzzah!

by Anonymousreply 14711/17/2020

I don't get the dislike for Laura. I mean, she's fat, so I get that part of it (this is DL, after all), but her baking is good enough for now--middle/end of the season--and sometimes excellent. I think she deserves to be there. She's perfectly fine and has a pretty good temperament.

by Anonymousreply 14811/17/2020

The viewer can only judge the baked goods based on their visual appeal. The viewer has to trust the judges how the cakes and pastries taste. And Laura's entries always look a bit rough which the judges also point out.

by Anonymousreply 14911/17/2020

I don't dislike Laura at all and think she is good television for this show. I just don't think she has been expert enough to make it to the finale.

by Anonymousreply 15011/17/2020

Laura was terrible in the first few episodes & was allowed to stay while others whose bakes were better got bounced. She’s had some absolute disasters.

by Anonymousreply 15111/17/2020

Ugh. Not happy about the final 3.

I'd say worst season ever but I couldn't finish the one with Rahul because I couldn't stand him. So unctuous.

by Anonymousreply 15211/17/2020

Lottie was better than Laura. She pulled off bakes when Laura had melted/deflated/badly cooked stuff. But Laura is more like able & entertaining than scowly Lottie (Noel called her Catface. He really didn’t seem to like her).

by Anonymousreply 15311/17/2020

hermine is gone

by Anonymousreply 15411/17/2020

She was the token diversity contestant!

by Anonymousreply 15511/17/2020

What was the stuff Dave was spraying onto his horn?

by Anonymousreply 15611/17/2020

Cum, yes it was cum.

by Anonymousreply 15711/17/2020

Pt 9, the semi-finals.

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by Anonymousreply 15811/17/2020

The final is set.

by Anonymousreply 15911/17/2020

So is it Peter to most likely win? Watch Laura win lol. Worst winner ever.

by Anonymousreply 16011/17/2020

They want to make Laura into a star. She’s obese but has a pretty face, she’s friendly, non threatening, good at bantering, kept up with Matt Lucas, is a big fan of musical theater. She’ll do well after the show ends.

I don’t know how these contestants can stand having Lucas & Fielding hanging around so much, making unfunny jokes that they *have to* laugh at while they’re so busy & under such pressure. They are far more intrusive than Mel & Sue were, though Lucas isn’t as persistently present as Fielding is.

by Anonymousreply 16111/17/2020

Do British people EVER eat chocolate or chocolate pastry that doesn’t have orange or raspberry in it? I hate fruit or jelly in cake. It’s too competitive with the non-jelly & non-fruit elements and doesn’t belong.

by Anonymousreply 16211/17/2020

They also appear to be obsessed with marzipan. I also remember one season when practically every bake seemed to have apricot jam in it.

Remember the American pie challenge they had one season, and all the contestants went on about American desserts being so sweet? Bitches, I just saw you make four-layer gateaus stuffed with chocolate, whipped cream, preserves, and more chocolate work on top. STFU.

by Anonymousreply 16311/17/2020

R162 Yes. Obviously.

by Anonymousreply 16411/17/2020

Noel talks about how he doesn't eat and his big head makes him look fat so he has to stay skinny skinny to even look halfway thin. He's looking at 50 soon and he has to fight his metabolism

by Anonymousreply 16511/17/2020

Whoever competes in the final and wants to win needs to avoid rosewater.

by Anonymousreply 16611/18/2020

Every time I see a Brit cook I lose my appetite. The food seems somehow wan and skimpy, like they're still rationing post-WW2.

by Anonymousreply 16711/18/2020

Peter and Andrew Smyth would make the cutest couple.

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[quote]Peter and Andrew Smyth would make the cutest couple.

All they could do was bump pussies and giggle. Or get a bbc to fuck them both.

by Anonymousreply 16911/18/2020

Podcast from former contestants about the semis.

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by Anonymousreply 17011/18/2020

"All they could do was bump pussies and giggle. Or get a bbc to fuck them both."

I could envision Peter pounding Andrew rather vigorously.

by Anonymousreply 17111/18/2020

Jane talks a little bit too much about herself in the podcast.

by Anonymousreply 17211/18/2020

Well that was unexpected. And no, Prue, this is not the strongest final four ever. Get real.

I tried to get a screencap for the poster asking about Dave's tattoo but it's kinda blurry. I can't tell what it is.

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by Anonymousreply 17311/18/2020

It seems to be a tattoo of a sea tortoise.

by Anonymousreply 17411/18/2020

What would happen if someone made a chocolate cake or chocolate glaze that didn’t have rozbree or ornj in it? Would they know what it was?

They’re running out of things to bake. None of them knew what a babka was & pronounced it bab-ka with ‘a’ in the first syllable sounding like “Babs”

They should bake a Schnitzer’s marble rye bread next & a black and white cookie.

by Anonymousreply 17511/18/2020

The flower-flavored foods rarely work. If I were a contestant, I would avoid rosewater and lavender like the plague.

by Anonymousreply 17611/18/2020

Are rosewater, lavender, and elderflower used much in American baking? I can't think of one time that I have had these in anything I have eaten.

by Anonymousreply 17711/18/2020

Nope, they're not common at all.

by Anonymousreply 17811/18/2020

If you want to suck up to Paul, banana or peanut butter flavored items are the way to go. He's said repeatedly how much he likes those.

Avoid flowers and anise, as the judges frequently criticize contestants for overdoing those flavors and ending up with dishes that taste like soap or toothpaste.

by Anonymousreply 17911/18/2020

One show I watched recently had someone making a cake with jasmine. They said “The jasmine really comes through.”

What does jasmine taste like? I’m not a jasmine tea drinker. (I’ve never tried matcha or kombucha & never will). Is it sweet?

by Anonymousreply 18011/18/2020

A better shot of his Mitch McConnell tattoo

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by Anonymousreply 18111/18/2020

Critic decries the demise of the show.

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by Anonymousreply 18211/18/2020

Dave’s got a hot meaty ass

by Anonymousreply 18311/18/2020

They’ve ruined any post-bake-off career Laura might have had by unfairly keeping her on the show. Hermine was head & shoulders a better baker, but Laura is more personable & I believe producers think people identify with her because of her weight problem — which, btw, Laura has spoken about several times as a sympathy grab (claiming she didn’t like to look at herself & feeling people would hold her weight against her). I think the showrunners positioned her as an “against the odds, rise from the ashes” story.

But audiences aren’t buying it. I mean here’s a Laura bake

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Here’s Hermine’s cake in the same challenge as Laura’s cake in the above post

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by Anonymousreply 18511/18/2020

This makes no sense. Hermine is charismatic and witty.

Laura is like the nice barista you always chat with but then never notice that she is no longer working there.

by Anonymousreply 18611/18/2020

They both stayed that week, R185. When Hermine changed her show-stopper at the last minute and had no measurements, it was doomed. She was "winging" it when she didn't have the recipes practiced a dozen times, her gelatin was a disaster and turned those cakes to rubber.

It's not cumulative. What they did the weeks before is done. They're judged on the day.

by Anonymousreply 18711/18/2020

Laura is getting bullied on social media. I don’t understand why people get so aggressive over any show, let alone GBBO where everything is so much gentler and kinder than the usual reality tv slop. 2020 has really brought out the worst of humanity.

by Anonymousreply 18811/18/2020

Snort....Laura isn't having any major post show career, even if she were to win. NONE of these people are good enough/charismatic enough to forge food /media careers after this season.

Prue is an idiot; she's a corporate food person, not a real cook.

Noel just needs to go (and get his teeth whitened) nd Matt is a funny sketch actor but wasted here.

Paul is just phoning it in now.

They should have taken this year off.

by Anonymousreply 18911/18/2020

And, of course the irony with this show and its huge success is the fact the British have one of the dreariest cuisines in the world. They're TERRIBLE cooks and their major contribution to the world is "roast beef" and Yorkshire Pudding.

Oh...and, the Gin & Tonic.

And, their desserts are dire (and frequently VERY sweet) so it's a bit much when they snark on American desserts. Their obsessions with fondant and bath soap flavored desserts are truly horrifying

Oh...don't get me started on their shitty pies.

by Anonymousreply 19011/18/2020

I love roast beef. I love Yorkshire Pudding.

Oh, and I certainly love G&T.

by Anonymousreply 19111/18/2020


They're all delicious but...that's all they got.

The British suck at food.

Also: you type fat.

And, drunk.

You type fat AND drunk.

by Anonymousreply 19211/18/2020

I prefer typing fat and drunk to typing stupid.

by Anonymousreply 19311/18/2020

R186 Except you'd notice the store is a lot cleaner. I'm genuinely confused as to how she makes so much mess.

I think she lucked out in the judges seemed to think the mirror glaze melted in the heat, rather than her fucking it up, so they gave her a pass on how it looked.

by Anonymousreply 19411/19/2020

[quote]Laura is getting bullied on social media.

On top of the other reasons that is stupid, she's not responsible for the judges' decision. People are so weird.

I think Hermine is a better baker overall and I wish the judges had let her squeak through. But it seems clear she was the worst on the day. Ah well, at least she won't be Dave's next victim. Peter, you in danger gurl!

by Anonymousreply 19511/19/2020

Hermine comes to Laura's defense.

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by Anonymousreply 19611/19/2020

It is a fucking tee-vee competition for a glass cake stand.

by Anonymousreply 19711/19/2020

Yeah, it sounds like Hermine should have been allowed to stay, but there is no point in bullying Laura. The decisions were made by the judges, and the stakes are ridiculously low.

Those who feel bad for Hermine should just send her a nice glass cake stand and call it a day.

by Anonymousreply 19811/19/2020

They also win some money, I don't know how much. It's never discussed.

by Anonymousreply 19911/19/2020

It's so weird the cash prize isn't discussed. In an American competition show, the cash prize is always announced at the beginning of each episode and sometimes multiple times during the episode.

by Anonymousreply 20011/19/2020

[quote] Laura is getting bullied on social media

Nobody is “bullying Laura.”. Viewers are pointing out that Hernine is a better baker than Laura & that Laura’s bakes are a mess. Several other bakers were kicked off & Laura was kept on even though she had worse bakes during the episodes when others were eliminated. The show runners have favored Laura and people are calling them - not Laura - out for showing favoritism.

Populations aren’t rising up, threatening to harm Laura or behead the showrunners & carry out a reign of terror. They’re just saying it is their opinion that Laura has been unfairly favored for reasons other than her baking talent. What those reasons are, nobody knows.

by Anonymousreply 20111/19/2020

Are any of you suggesting there's a cash prize going to provide any proof of your claims?

by Anonymousreply 20211/19/2020

No, R202, because apparently I was wrong. I just did a search, thinking I could easily give you a link but I can't. A quick perusal of google results says - no cash prize.


by Anonymousreply 20311/19/2020

BBC never does cash prizes. That is why The Vivienne on Drag race UK won a 'tv special', that played on WOW.

by Anonymousreply 20411/19/2020


by Anonymousreply 20511/19/2020

Maybe glass cake stands are not readily available in the U.K.

by Anonymousreply 20611/19/2020

It's no longer a BBC show, R204, but there still isn't a cash prize.

by Anonymousreply 20711/19/2020

I think contestants get paid for interviews with newspapers & on morning tv shows. Some may get a short term cooking column in a newspaper, magazine or online for as long as anyone cares to read them. Maybe some will be paid to judge cooking at local fairs.

Do they get free food & lodging during the weeks they stay in the tent?

Can’t they get mini split AC in the tent for the hot days?

by Anonymousreply 20811/19/2020

Quite a few of the bakers put out cookbooks- not only the winners. Helena, Val, Ruby, Kim-Joy and some others all have books. I think anyone who becomes a bit of a fan favorite can enjoy some modest success from the show.

by Anonymousreply 20911/19/2020

Nadiya and Liam have broken into television. I mean beyond being contestants. Nadiya is doing really well, she's had several shows of her own. Liam is hosting Bake Off: The Professionals with Tom Allen from Extra Slice.

by Anonymousreply 21011/19/2020

Liam was overrated

by Anonymousreply 21111/19/2020

[quote]Quite a few of the bakers put out

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 21211/19/2020


She added: "If anything, I felt embarrassed at getting so far, as I didn’t feel like I deserved it."

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Some reactions.

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“Rinky dink”

“Snug as a bug in a rug”

Peter is like a mythological twink elf.

I want eat to eat Peter’s ass and make him gape, because he deserves it.

by Anonymousreply 21511/20/2020

Peter looks like a cartoon character. With those red lips and his big yellow teeth he reminds me of a Blue Meany

I love the way the ratchet tabloids make a “thing” out of GBBO. Here they make a claim that a few joshing Twitter posts = “fans are devastated.”

[quote] But as Peter was preparing for the cheesecake task, he made a shocking admission - watch the video above.

[quote] Explaining his lime and ginger cheesecake, Peter said: "You can't trust a cheesecake, I have an aversion to cheese in general."

[quote] Fans were devastated by his comments, with many taking to Twitter.

[quote] One said: "I've lost all respect for Peter for that cheese comment, so now Mark is my favourite."

[quote] Jack tweeted: "Peter was one of my favourite bakers, but now he’s said he has 'an aversion to cheese' I consider him a sworn enemy."

[quote] Joseph said: "Peter on The Great British Bake Off just broke my heart, he doesn't like cheese!"

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by Anonymousreply 21611/20/2020

Maybe the mythological twink elf from Narnia is lactose intolerant.

by Anonymousreply 21711/20/2020

R216 doesn't get sarcasm

by Anonymousreply 21811/20/2020

slice time

by Anonymousreply 21911/20/2020

[quote] [R216] doesn't get sarcasm

How is it sarcasm? British tabloids are now trying to push the narrative that “fans are livid” and “devastated” that Hermine was cut, and that Laura is being “bullied.”

It’s not sarcasm to claim people are livid & bullying others on Twitter when people are just making remarks about a tv show.

by Anonymousreply 22011/20/2020

R216 is gullible, even if he understands sarcasm

by Anonymousreply 22111/20/2020

[quote] I want eat to eat Peter’s ass and make him gape, because he deserves it.

I’m pretty sure that’s his brother's job.

by Anonymousreply 22211/20/2020

"slice time"

Ask and ye shall receive.

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by Anonymousreply 22311/20/2020

i was telling, not asking.

by Anonymousreply 22411/20/2020

and you bitches better thank me for the hdclump link in the first place!

by Anonymousreply 22511/20/2020

Fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 22611/20/2020

R225 Do it or don't. Just don't expect a parade, love.

by Anonymousreply 22711/20/2020

you would not know about i=t unless i linked. so, you all fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 22811/20/2020

Dave has a bit of a jelly belly.

by Anonymousreply 22911/20/2020

Extra Slice isn’t clever, charming or funny. Am I the on one that feels this way.

by Anonymousreply 23011/20/2020

R228, who are you, Trump? Me, me, me, I did this, I did this........

by Anonymousreply 23111/20/2020

Peter in his school uniform.

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by Anonymousreply 23211/20/2020

I was happy with the results. Peter did very well and was the obvious winner and Dave did very well, too. Hermine is definitely the better overall baker, but you could tell that her showstopper was atrocious. Laura has been "good TV" all along but has been the messiest baker ever. She has been lucky that someone else was just worse every week. Can't believe it won't be Peter but anything is possible in the last week.

Noel and Matt are far too intrusive and annoying this year. There was one time when I was hoping that Peter would stab Noel.

by Anonymousreply 23311/20/2020

Noel sucks. He’s bringing down the show.

by Anonymousreply 23411/20/2020

By the way, to hell with the person who posted about Hermine way back on Tuesday. You're not supposed to let spoilers slip until the episode is available in the US.

by Anonymousreply 23511/20/2020

^ yourself.

by Anonymousreply 23611/20/2020

Don’t read this thread as soon as next Tuesday arrives, when GBBO is aired in Britain r235. It the only way to be sure that your enjoyment will not be spoiled.

by Anonymousreply 23711/20/2020

Meanwhile, did Henry ever come out?

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Obviously not, R238. He's on the heterosexuals' sofa.

by Anonymousreply 23911/20/2020

R220 Because it was clearly tongue in cheek. You're just one of those posters who always wants to find something to whine about, and in this case you just over-reached and made yourself look stupid.

by Anonymousreply 24011/21/2020

Hermine was eliminated to clear the path for Peter to win, he is the favored one this cycle. Her bakes truly s u c k e d this episode, unfortunately her past triumphs couldn’t carry her, too bad. Laura is the messiest baker I have seen on this show.

by Anonymousreply 24111/21/2020

When An Extra Slice started it was great, but the popularity of the franchise made them double the length and it now feels bloated and overly cute. Too bad.

by Anonymousreply 24211/21/2020

[quote]Or get a bbc to fuck them both.

Is Selassie available?

by Anonymousreply 24311/21/2020

Is a photographer available?

by Anonymousreply 24411/21/2020

[quote]. You're just one of those posters who always wants to find something to whine about, and in this case you just over-reached and made yourself look stupid.

“Whine about?”

It’s a weekly contest. The absolute purpose of the show is to create drama about the contestants. There is no other reason for it to exist. It would simply be a cooking show, otherwise. The producers want people to tune in each week & their catchphrase is “Who will be our next star baker?” Not “We’d like you not to discuss various aspects of the show on social media.”

But people comparing contestants’ pastry prowess & commenting on the show’s drama are “whining”?

Do you know how contest shows work? How a fan base is developed? How to promote tv shows in other media? Stop whining about people discussing a contest series - which is something that is specifically designed to manipulate viewers’ emotions & viewpoints.

You’re one of those posters who always finds something to whine (and argue) about in Datalounge threads Go find a political thread for your endless bickering.

by Anonymousreply 24511/21/2020

[quote]Is Selassie available?

Back off bitch!

by Anonymousreply 24611/21/2020

I want to see Peter naked

by Anonymousreply 24711/21/2020

^He's pink, very all the right places.

by Anonymousreply 24811/21/2020

I want to see Dave plowing Peter's young ass.

Those two are made for each other. Manly perfection.

by Anonymousreply 24911/21/2020

R245 You're the poster who was whining about British people saying buddy. You, and the posters like you, aren't interested in discussing the show at all. You just come into these threads to find something to bitch and whine about. People can check your post history themselves to see it's true. Your only posts in this thread are the ones moaning about Brits saying buddy. Pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 25011/21/2020

And you, R250, are complaining, too.

Fancy that.

by Anonymousreply 25111/21/2020

R251 Yes, complaining. Not whining, and not making up shit to whine about.

by Anonymousreply 25211/21/2020

Hey, you two tedious cunts! No one cars about your cat fighting.

Stay on topic...back to Peter’s hole.

by Anonymousreply 25311/21/2020

Laura will lose a crucial ingredient in that mess and blow her final show-stopper challenge.

by Anonymousreply 25411/21/2020

Next week, whichever baking gods smiled on Laura will smile on her again. The boys will collapse and she will, once again, be the beneficiary of their misfortune.

She will get the glass cake plate and, within 15 minutes, drop it and break it.

by Anonymousreply 25511/21/2020

Peter will likely go full-on psycho if he doesn't win.

by Anonymousreply 25611/21/2020

:Prue: Oh Laura, the taste is delicious! I'm so glad you decided to add more rose water to your marzipan filling.

Paul: I've never given a handshake in the finale, but this is an exception. The flavors are spot on. Delicious!

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Hermine is the better baker, but she fucked up. She presented an inedible ball of rubber. Laura’s showstopper was perfect (and apparently delicious) except for the mirror glaze.

Whoever keeps talking about “show runners” clearly has no idea how Bake Off is made.

by Anonymousreply 25811/22/2020

There's an entire play to be written about Hermine's crash and burn on the Bake Off. She's the best and most experienced baker in the competition. She made that clear at the outset of the season. She is such a strong baker that the usual tension of the competition was not there this season. At least, not for me.

And she's an accountant, fer chrissakes. Detail oriented. Everything in its place. Meticulous work. And then, for the Show Stopper, she was a disaster. Threw out everything she planned. Started baking almost free style, no recipe, no plan, no clear idea of how to complete in time. All of it in front of a video camera. And she produced the kind of result that one could expect from that self-defeating approach.

WTF happened with the recipe she had planned? Why did she abandon it and start improvising? It was the most dramatic self-sabotage that we've seen in any season of the Bake-Off. Others have failed, but there was usually some sense that the assignments had simply been beyond the skills of the bakers. Hermine unleashed Grand Guignol on the tent. She committed suicide on national television. And she looked so crushed in every shot as it all unfolded. I kept imagining her as a little girl, being beaten and berated by a drunken father.

Anyway, this needs to be written. Viola Davis will make a devastating Hermine.

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by Anonymousreply 26011/22/2020

[quote] Laura’s showstopper was perfect (and apparently delicious) except for the mirror glaze.

Yeah no. It looked like melting dogshit. Laura’s food might taste good but she’s consistently had issues with presentation. In this case it wasn’t just the mirror glaze.

by Anonymousreply 26111/22/2020

Previews of the finale show Laura's showstopper.

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Indeed, those cubes of cake Laura produced were pretty rough. The irregularity of her chocolate glaze, which was an error, not an intention, drew the viewer's eye from the horrible condition of the cake underneath.

A recurring theme throughout all the seasons of the Bake-off has been that the taste is paramount. If it looks great, but is not good and pleasurable to eat... it's always held to be a failure. Ergo, Laura's visual disaster beat Hermine's rubber cake balls.

by Anonymousreply 26311/22/2020

[quote]Anyway, this needs to be written. Viola Davis will make a devastating Hermine.

Over my dead body!

by Anonymousreply 26411/22/2020

I agree that Hermine self-sabotaged. Why throw out her recipe and bake free-style for the last bake before the final? I think some part of her, conscious or unconscious, was tired of the competition and just wanted out. That's not Laura's fault.

by Anonymousreply 26511/22/2020

She was "winging it" through most of the competition and acing it though.

by Anonymousreply 26611/22/2020

That's the problem with winging it--the method words until it doesn't. It's like sitting down the night before a term paper is due and expecting inspiration to strike. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it doesn't.

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by Anonymousreply 26811/22/2020

[quote] Whoever keeps talking about “show runners” clearly has no idea how Bake Off is made.

That’s true, there is no such thing as people who produce the show, decide what the rules should be, or tell the camera people how to video the contestants, the hosts, the procedure & the bakes - and then tell a post production team how to edit the video & present the show on a screen. There are just a bunch of people doing what they want with cameras.

And the cast members like Sue, Noel, Matt, Sandy & Mel just decide whether or not they want to work that day,; they show up and say/do anything they want. Paul & Prue go out & buy stuff and show everyone “this what we want” after printing out a recipe.

Nobody runs that show.

by Anonymousreply 26911/22/2020

R269 It's pretty embarrassing that you so thoroughly missed the point that the poster was making.

by Anonymousreply 27011/22/2020

I’m the one who made the original post about Bake Off having show runners, and I’ve worked in TV here in London for most of my adult life. My partner’s best friend is head of factual entertainment for C4 and one of my friends was editor on Big Brother (ie the person who goes through the footage and crafts a narrative and a storyline for the episode). So I have a reasonable amount of knowledge as to how these programmes are made.

Obviously all reality shows are edited with narrativisation in mind, but the idea that Bake Off is scripted or that the hosts are told who to choose as the winner/loser is just not true. Only Americans raised on manipulated “scripted reality” think that. Paul and Prue are people and no doubt have their own preferences and biases, but they genuinely do pick the person they believe performed worse that week to send home. No one pressures them or tells them “send this person home because it’ll be good drama” or “keep this shitty baker because they’re good telly.” Everything that happens in the tent is real, and none of it is scripted or pre-planned (with the exception obviously of Noel and Matt’s lines, and the concepts of the challenges). Any narratives or storylines are created after the fact in the editing room.

As far as “showrunner” is concerned, there are of course a fairly good sized number of producers and editors who all work in a team to present and edit the footage in the most entertaining way. And a separate team who plan the challenges and calculate the amount of time given and the details for the technical. But there is no single person rubbing their hands together gloating because they’ve staged things so a popular contestant will be kicked out at the last minute for drama.

by Anonymousreply 27111/22/2020

^Sorry about Bake Off not having a showrunner.

by Anonymousreply 27211/22/2020

If they don't make Peter the winner, we'll burn that tent to the ground!

Although Jack is very nice too and if they both crash and burn at least Laura's not a bitch and her bakes taste good.

by Anonymousreply 27311/22/2020

^ Who is jack?

by Anonymousreply 27411/22/2020

Jack is Dave's murderous alternate personality.

by Anonymousreply 27511/22/2020

Noel posting at r275. Tell us Noel, settle the argument: are you bi?

by Anonymousreply 27611/22/2020

Jack is Dave - sorry Dave.

Peter must win, obviously, I can't even remember Jack/Dave's name.

by Anonymousreply 27711/22/2020

Of course Noel's bi, what kind of question is that?

by Anonymousreply 27811/22/2020

I would love for Dave to win, obviously. All the ancillary rewards that would flow from that win would be great for a young man with an infant child.

But... if he came in 2nd or 3rd, maybe he would fall on hard times and be forced to do porn. That in the long run would be the greater good for the greater number. We would all love seeing his naked manliness thrusting away.

It's difficult to know who to cheer for this year.

by Anonymousreply 27911/22/2020

I'm the spirit of jazz, R276

by Anonymousreply 28011/22/2020

Prue subtly gave Hermine the finger after tasting the first dish from her in this episode. When the Hollywood and the hosts move away from Hermine's table Pru dips her middle finger in some cream and licks it off while still facing Hermine.

by Anonymousreply 28111/22/2020

Prue was a bit of a babe in her day.

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Dave’s got a nice meaty ass.

by Anonymousreply 28311/22/2020

Peter and Dave both have very nice asses.

by Anonymousreply 28411/22/2020

I love Peter’s legs in his shorts and apron.

by Anonymousreply 28511/22/2020

I guess a lot of people just do not know what a showrunner is.|

But that does not stop them from using the term.

by Anonymousreply 28611/22/2020

Anyone who thinks Bake Off has a showrunner knows fuck all about working in TV.

by Anonymousreply 28711/23/2020

I just started watching this. Peter is so pretty it's distracting.

What is up with his relationship with his brother? Is his brother, like, a blood sibling, or is "his brother" a British or Scottish euphemism for his honey bunny?

I ask because the series opened showing him playing badminton with his brother. Then he made a gluten-free cake in honor of his brother. Then he made gluten-free bread in honor of his brother. In the episode I have on now, he is making a tiered sponge cake with mathematic symbols on it to celebrate...yep.

Oddly close relationship, yes?

by Anonymousreply 28811/23/2020

Question for any Brits here: Are mango and pistachio both staple flavors/ingredients in Britain, or are they currently trendy? I can't get over how many people use both in every challenge. I don't like the flavor of mango at all and so I'd personally never use it, and I do like pistachios as a standalone snack, but I don't really enjoy them in baked goods. Yet they seem to be used by these bakers second only to flour, sugar and butter. Maybe even as often as vanilla. It seems peculiar to me.

by Anonymousreply 28911/23/2020

R289 Don’t forget passion fruit!

by Anonymousreply 29011/23/2020

R290 I haven't noticed a lot of passion fruit. Guava extract was used in the last episode I watched. But fukkin mango is used by several contestants in almost every single challenge. If I bit into a brownie and it had mango in it I would be absolutely heartbroken. Who would ruin a perfectly perfect plain brownie with mango?

by Anonymousreply 29111/23/2020

These are "exotic" and "inclusive" to the Brits.

by Anonymousreply 29211/23/2020

An odd feature of the Bake-Off is that the camera catches the visual presentation only. Not the taste. Never the taste. And the competition is all about food, so taste really is paramount.

Aren't the bakers using things like mango because they are sweet and very flavorful? Pistachio gets you a color that doesn't often come about when baking. Paul Hollywood loves Key Lime, so it is tempting to plan around that. When baking with chocolate, a bit of espresso in the mix gives the chocolate flavor some heft. If I recall correctly, there are things like pear that the judges always seem to find has disappeared into the mix.

If I found myself as an upcoming contestant on this show, I would ask a friend who bakes to review every episode for just this sort of tip. No way I would go 10 weeks without a memorable Key Lime dessert in my bag of tricks.

by Anonymousreply 29311/23/2020

R292 exposing itself for what it really is there

by Anonymousreply 29411/23/2020

Uncle Roger Review GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF Japanese Week

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A showrunner is the person who has overall creative authority and management responsibility for an entire television series. Often, the showrunner is a writer. He or she is not necessarily the creator of the tv show, but always an executive producer.


by Anonymousreply 29611/23/2020

Peter would be the youngest person to win the show. That would be very encouraging for the young to consider baking.

by Anonymousreply 29711/23/2020

Peter is very methodical with his bakes. Some of his explanations of his bakes shows that he understands how ingredients create texture. This tells me that he doesn't just whip up stuff and sees what (literally) sticks. I cannot recall similar remarks about ingredients in terms of flavors. In that regard I got the impression that he was lucky with some bakes and not so lucky with others.

I also got the impression that he knows how to show leg. And I appreciate his effort in that regard, too.

by Anonymousreply 29811/23/2020

I have seen part of one season in the past. I didn't realize there's apparently a whole culture that goes along with a handshake and so forth. It took me a couple of episodes to realize Mr. Hollywood chooses the winner that way. (What's the lady judge for?) The comedian hosts are equally annoying and fun.

The guy with the long hair looks so much like Charlotte Clymer that I want not to like him, but I find him amusing anyway. He has a good way of ruthlessly teasing people without seeming mean at all.

I'm surprised that a lot of the bakers aren't very good at it, and confused about that. Are they all home bakers, then? No professionals? (I guess I could look this up.) I expected when I turned it on that these would all be pretty accomplished bakers. It seems odd that one of the challenges is always just to follow directions and recipes. It obviously requires some knowhow since many of them fuck it up every week, but it seems like a pretty straightforward thing for anyone who knows how to bake and has a broad knowledge of baked goods.

Anyway, what a treat to discover for now. I woke up early and had the dreadful cable news on for two minutes before I got anxious, and then I remembered I had been watching this show yesterday and it was such a nice break from reality.

by Anonymousreply 29911/23/2020

You'll love all of the seasons, R299. It is consistently both good-hearted and entertaining. The contestants are all amateur/home bakers and none are professional bakers. Both Paul and Mary/Prue get input on the outcome. Paul just sometimes gives a handshake in the first round as an early bonus when he is extra impressed. It doesn't mean that that person is going to win that week.

Even with experienced bakers, things can go wrong because baking is tricky. There is a fine line between too long and not long enough be it for proving doughs, baking, etc. Also, the time element comes into play as well as the physical conditions in the tent. Sometime the heat or rain can really make things extra difficult.

Go back and watch from season one and you'll see. You'll also be happy you did.

by Anonymousreply 30011/23/2020

Are there any plans to bring back the American version without Johnny Iuzzini, or is it gone for good? (Seeing his name in this thread inspired me to rewatch the dysfunction-laden freak show that was [italic]Top Chef: Just Desserts[/italic] on the Bravo streaming app.)

by Anonymousreply 30111/23/2020

I'm not sure I need a US version. US-american competition shows always become so... competitive. This show is so refreshing because winning is not everything here. Seeing the candidates supporting each others makes the appeal for me. If the US-version was copying this concept I'd give it a try. But if it just turns into one of those food TV competitions or even worse into trash like Nailed It - no thanks. One appeal I could see: Thanks to an even more diverse population, the US-version could have bakes from the US, Mexico, Philippines, everywhere really. That might be a perk.

by Anonymousreply 30211/23/2020

Peter is indeed methodical. He does really well in the technicals, being careful and clearly knowledgeable - I don't remember anyone before being quite so consistently good in that area..

by Anonymousreply 30311/23/2020

There is no way the US could pull off the same long-running concept of a baking show without cash money prize and regular folk, who need paying jobs to keep them afloat, taking some time off from work to do the show. The show would either have to feature financially independent people who don't have to work for a living (losing some of its appeal, because these guys are rich and not regular folk like the viewers) or celebrities and *gag* social media stars and influencers who have nothing better to do during the show's filming schedule.

by Anonymousreply 30411/23/2020

Is the American looking lady (blonde and obese) very wealthy? I think they said she lives in Kent or something and she and her husband look like they have a very fancy house with a big flower garden and an outdoor pizza oven. Isn't that pretty excessive for the UK?

by Anonymousreply 30511/23/2020

What I like about GBBO is that contestants can keep their jobs and still do the competition--it only happens on the weekends. They don't pen the contestants up like veal the way US reality shows do. I know several of the younger contestants have continued with school while the season is being filmed. This season with the quarantine bubble was a big exception.

by Anonymousreply 30611/23/2020

Oh really, R306? That is interesting and different. Cool.

by Anonymousreply 30711/23/2020

Yep, in a normal season, they film the signature and technical bakes on Saturday and the showstopper bake on Sunday. Everyone then goes home and can practice their upcoming bakes (except the technical) all week. They are given an allowance to buy as many supplies as they need--that way, richer contestants don't have an advantage over poorer ones.

by Anonymousreply 30811/23/2020

They just had a Great American Baking Show last Dec. One of the Spice Girls was a host and Paul Hollywood was judging. To be honest, I lost interest half-way through so it wasn't very memorable but the show does still run once a year.

by Anonymousreply 30911/23/2020

Who would you choose as judges for an American equivalent? I would go with Ina Garten and somebody else. Any ideas on the male judge?

by Anonymousreply 31011/23/2020

There are already five million baking competition shows on Food Network, usually around the holidays. What makes GBBO so wonderful (to me, anyway) is its Britishness. No need to do an American edition.

by Anonymousreply 31111/23/2020

Wow, I just looked it up and The Great American Baking Show has had five seasons. I had no idea.

by Anonymousreply 31211/23/2020

Bake off The Professionals is also very watchable.

by Anonymousreply 31311/23/2020

Does anyone else watch Zumbo's Just Desserts on Netflix? It only has 2 seasons, but I like it a lot. It's set up differently in that the bottom two from the first bake of the episode have to face each other in an elimination challenge. The challenge is always some insanely complicated layered dessert cooked up by Zumbo. It's very watchable.

by Anonymousreply 31411/23/2020

Who the fuck is Zumbo?

by Anonymousreply 31511/23/2020

He's some famous pastry chef in Australia. I never heard of him before watching the show, either. He had a chain of bakeries Down Under, but they went bankrupt a couple of years ago. I don't know if there will be any more seasons of the show or not.

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I think the heat did Hermine in. It messed with the proving of her savarins in the signature, plus you could see her clothes drenched with sweat at several points, and after the judge's comments it seemed like her confidence was really shaken, especially after being built up at the beginning as the favorite for patisserie week.

The technical was absolutely ridiculous - that horn thing was one of the kitschiest things I have ever seen and I'm not convinced it belonged in patisserie week. I'm sure Hermine was expecting the technical to be something typically French with choux or puff pastry, which she would have been comfortable with, but A) she wound up having to basically play with almond play-doh and B) she had to suffer the indignity of losing to Peter when she was clearly the only one who understood how to actually make the horn horn-shaped.

So basically she comes into round 3 of patisserie week feeling totally off her game and defeated, which you could see in the way she held herself. Yes she winged her recipe, but I think the heat plus the psychological toll of the first 2 rounds was what did her in. She did terribly this week and she deserved to go, but it was just so depressing watching her and knowing that under different circumstances she could have done so much better.

by Anonymousreply 31711/23/2020

Aussie Bake Off has great judges and unfunny cunts hosting.

by Anonymousreply 31811/23/2020

I agree that the horn thing was ridiculous. The technical should test their skills in classic bakes, not some weird recipe nobody has ever heard of, much less eaten.

by Anonymousreply 31911/23/2020

R314 Zumbo’s Just Desserts was crap. A friend conned into watching. I still haven’t forgiven him for wasting my time.

R317 In America, black people usually like high temperatures. A psychiatrist friend told me people were energized by warner temperatures. Hermine was sweating through her dress, but it was poor planning that did her in...not her swamp ass pussy.

by Anonymousreply 32011/23/2020

And it didn't even look or sound appetizing. It looked donut like, but it was also crispy. I didn't get that recipe at all.

by Anonymousreply 32111/23/2020

American television would need to have conflict featured in order to appeal to the only important demographic ( 19-40). That would ruin the entire show. They'd also get people like Tyra Banks to host.

by Anonymousreply 32211/24/2020

Warning to those who don't want to be spoiled -- the finale airs tonight in the UK. Netflix won't have it until Friday.

by Anonymousreply 32311/24/2020

Thank you for the warning r323

There’s one egregious cunt who wants to spoil it for US viewers.

I will not read this thread until I view the finale on Friday morning.

by Anonymousreply 32411/24/2020

There's one egregious cunt who doesn't know the world revolves around me.

by Anonymousreply 32511/24/2020

R299, the technical challenge is not just "following a recipe." The recipe leaves out key information.

Measurements, time to bake, temperature to bake---all of this information is regularly left out. Sometimes it just says "prepare the dough."

Also, many of the pastries are obscure, so the bakers are unlikely to have seen or tasted them.

No photo is provided, so they may not know how it is supposed to look or taste when done. And because they are given a limited amount of each ingredient, they cannot always fix mistakes.

by Anonymousreply 32611/24/2020

I liked the technicals much better when they were recipes people had heard of. Nobody has ever heard of that cornucopia thing, and it looked awful. I'd much rather see them make flan or something.

by Anonymousreply 32711/24/2020

I was spoiled last week because the Google news thing on my phone (the one where you swipe right and there are articles they think might be of interest to you) had Hermine's ouster in the damn headline. It's really difficult not to get spoiled anymore unless you just avoid everything.

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by Anonymousreply 32911/24/2020

In past seasons it was mostly stuff you never heard of like like La Religouse and the Princess Cakes.

I think this season they are doing things that are more familiar. (Bagels? Babka? Really")

by Anonymousreply 33011/24/2020

Peter must be the type who keeps Christmas decorations up all year round.

by Anonymousreply 33111/24/2020

I like the somewhat obscure technicals but they do take it too far sometimes. I thought the horn of plenty was okay in theory but not for patisserie week since it seems more like a biscuit sculpture than a pastry.

Nothing was as bad as that pita technical.

by Anonymousreply 33211/24/2020

Laura needs to work on her pronunciation of nougatine.

by Anonymousreply 33311/24/2020

An emotional finale: laughter when Laura tried to bury herself up to her shoulders in the fridge; surprise that naughty Noel’s ‘key party’ quip was kept in and a little tear of joy for the winner and sadness for the tribute at the end.

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by Anonymousreply 33511/24/2020

Rowan’s update came as no surprise.

by Anonymousreply 33611/24/2020

already on the clump. where's the fat whore that posts like she found it in the first place?

by Anonymousreply 33711/24/2020

What is Rowan's update?

by Anonymousreply 33811/24/2020

peter's mom said she remembers "gay afternoons making cupcakes with his brother."


by Anonymousreply 33911/24/2020

He’s learning to sew his own waistcoats, r338.

I think if I searched DL for the topic I’d find a series of shrieking posts demanding immediate help with buttonhole placement and whether or not a Magic Flute lining goes with houndstooth.

by Anonymousreply 34011/24/2020

Here is the final:

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by Anonymousreply 34111/24/2020

I always like it when you can hear the crew applauding after the final bake. And the updates on the bakers staying in touch.

What am I going to do now without new episodes of Bake Off to give me warm fuzzies?

by Anonymousreply 34211/24/2020

I'm sorry but Noel and Matt were just plain annoying. Their " conversations" were non-sensical, especially Noel's, and did nothing to either help the bakers or get information. A total waste of time.

by Anonymousreply 34311/24/2020

I love how the Showstopper challenge was judged/edited to make it look like Laura might remotely have a chance, while the judges tore both other (perfect looking) bakes to pieces.

by Anonymousreply 34411/24/2020

Someone commented on reddit words to this effect: Bakers, for your technical challenge, Paul and Prue would like you to make eight chocolate covered butt plugs.

by Anonymousreply 34511/24/2020

The technical challenge.

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by Anonymousreply 34611/24/2020

I've been rewatching some of the older seasons on Netflix, and it's amazing how much better this show was in the BBC days. Mel and Sue are head and shoulders over Noel and Matt as hosts, and Mary Berry brought such a warmth and expertise to her judging. Also, the challenges were so much better. Technicals for treacle tarts and brandy snaps and other dishes people have actually heard of and tasted. Sufficient time given that most bakers can finish and produce something reasonable. I hate the gimmicks that have crept into the current iteration of the show.

by Anonymousreply 34711/24/2020

I always looked forward to hearing Mary pronounce " layers" as " lairs."

by Anonymousreply 34811/24/2020

" treacle tarts and brandy snaps and other dishes people have actually heard of and tasted"


I have no idea what the hell those are. Just texted five friends who are enthusiastic bakers and asked if they know those dishes. None had ever heard of them. One asked what treacle is. No one could answer.

These are do not match this years bagels and babka in familiarity.

by Anonymousreply 34911/24/2020

You've never heard of treacle tart or brandy snaps? Those are classic British desserts.

by Anonymousreply 35011/24/2020

Every single person in the UK knows what treacle tart and brandy snaps are.

No one cares what ignorant Yanks know and don’t know. Americans think a baking recipe starts with something called “box mix.”

by Anonymousreply 35111/25/2020

And treacle tart is certainly far better known than Babka.

Treacle tart is the British equivalent of pumpkin pie.

by Anonymousreply 35211/25/2020

[quote]Mel and Sue are head and shoulders over Noel and Matt as hosts

Someone in the previous thread mocked the idea that some people are just presenters, but the contrast between Mel & Sue and Noel & Matt really does show the difference and importance of having people who really know how to present versus someone from another field doing it as a side gig.

by Anonymousreply 35311/25/2020

One of R349's baker friends:

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For everyone saying how poor the bakers are this year, there was a shout-out to the great John Waite, winner of Series 3, who has one of the most successful post-Bake-Off careers. One week he used salt instead of sugar; another he nearly chopped his finger off and had to be taken to hospital; and on another he had a hangover that could be seen from space. What a legend.

by Anonymousreply 35511/25/2020

But his bakes were usually spot-on. The problem with these bakers isn't the mishaps, it's the poor quality of the bakes.

by Anonymousreply 35611/25/2020

And John had a better ass. Priorities!

For entertainment value, Dave was the MVP. The concept of his showstopper was bold, finishing early was a mood, and we got to see the new baby.

by Anonymousreply 35711/25/2020

Now that he's out of the bubble and back at school, will Peter lose his virginity? To a male or female?

by Anonymousreply 35811/25/2020

To Mr. Spoon.

by Anonymousreply 35911/25/2020

R352 You can buy babka at the supermarket.

Treacle tart....not so much.

And I know I have read about treacle in victorian novels...but I cannot say what it is without looking it up.

by Anonymousreply 36011/25/2020

R350, I have been to italian bakeries, french bakeries, jewish bakeries, and even german bakeries.

But a british bakery? Are there any?

by Anonymousreply 36111/25/2020

I make a great treacle tart - it's a British basic. You also use treacle for such autumnal treats as parkin.

Most UK towns have bakeries, R361, but generally focussing on bread and savoury pies, pasties and patties. Otherwise you go to a cake shop, or a patisserie if you are middle class. Chains like Greggs are taking over somewhat, but there are still plenty of independent bakeries around.

by Anonymousreply 36211/25/2020

I hate to break it to you, R362, there are few (if any brit bakeries outside of Britain). I listed above the ones I go to most often, but I also occasionally go to Haitian bakeries, Hungarian bakeries and Cuban bakeries as well.

I love anything baked.

And in any city I have been in, I have never seen a British bakery.

And I have no idea what a parkin or savoury pie is. I have had pasties and patties, but in the US at least you rarely see them in bakeries. (Here if a bakery does have non-desert food it is something simple like sandwiches that highlight their breads, focaccia, croissants, etc.. and does not require cooking meat.)

by Anonymousreply 36311/25/2020

It worries me not a jot that the US doesn't have British bakeries, R363, and you didn't actually say 'in the US'. If you've been watching Bake-Off you have seen savoury pies, which feature in some form in most series (steak, steak and kidney, Scotch (lamb), cheese and onion, meat and potato etc). I have attached a parkin recipe, in case it is of interest. It's commonly eaten at Halloween and on Bonfire Night.

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by Anonymousreply 36411/25/2020

From r335's link

[quote] Peter is also young enough to have watched Bake Off for half of his life. Eagle-eyed viewers might have had fun watching Paul Hollywood die inside a little whenever he was reminded of this.


This was my first GBBO season and I will try to find the time to check previous seasons. To me this season was very pleasant.

by Anonymousreply 36511/25/2020

“You can buy babka at the supermarket. Treacle tart....not so much.”

Only in America.

You can buy treacle tart in literally any supermarket in Britain. You can buy treacle tart in any bakery. You can even buy treacle tart in corner shops.

Babka? Not so much. Not only is babka not sold in supermarkets, it’s not even sold in bakeries. I’m Jewish so of course I grew up with babka but it simply isn’t something you see in Britain, outside of speciality Jewish bakers or bakeries in Jewish areas.

Honestly what’s wrong with Americans assuming that everywhere is exactly like America? Expressing shock that a foreign TV show made in and for a foreign country uses things common to that country?

by Anonymousreply 36611/25/2020

Why does everyone on the show talk funny?

by Anonymousreply 36711/25/2020

I bet if any Americans ever left the US it would blow their tiny minds to learn that plenty of mainstays of American cooking or American culture are totally unknown outside the US.

Try asking any British or European person if they’ve ever seen pumpkin pie.

by Anonymousreply 36811/25/2020

You can’t buy them at Sainsbury’s.

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by Anonymousreply 36911/25/2020

Can’t buy them at Waitrose.

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by Anonymousreply 37011/25/2020

Can’t buy them at Tesco.

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by Anonymousreply 37111/25/2020

You can’t buy them anywhere at all.

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by Anonymousreply 37211/25/2020

R364, I did not know that savoury, was a class of pie. I always assumed it was one the odd British ingredients like marzipan, so I never looked it up before. I thought it was a spice of some sort.

It made me reflect that this show is one of the few cooking centered shows that you watch without any desire to taste the food. Most of what they bake seems pretty wretched, so I have rarely looked up dishes or ingredients. But it is interesting how uninteresting the food is---and yet the show itself is exceptional.

by Anonymousreply 37311/25/2020

You've never heard of the word savoury? What?

by Anonymousreply 37411/25/2020

R355, do you mean THIS John Whaite?

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by Anonymousreply 37511/25/2020

R364, I do not know a lot of cooking terms, so no I had not heard it.

I am in the US and I have only ever heard British people use it in the sense of "not sweet.: In the US, I have heard it used as a compliment like "tasty" or "flavorful" but not to describe a particular type of flavor.

by Anonymousreply 37611/25/2020

It's not a "cooking term" like something only a professional cook would know, it's just a word. I can't even with this stupidity.

by Anonymousreply 37711/25/2020

Yes, not knowing the difference is dumbass.

by Anonymousreply 37811/25/2020

Savory meaning not sweet is not something you hear in ordinary conversation. When you do hear it is used, it is to describe things like rice and chicken salad--things that have no sweet variety.

There are lots of "just words" that are not generally used. I cannot calls someone a dumbass because they do not know the difference between kerning and leading. Or because they do not know what a grommet is. Not everyone shares specialized vocabularies.

by Anonymousreply 37911/25/2020

Well, I did!

by Anonymousreply 38011/25/2020

[quote]When you do hear it is used, it is to describe things like rice and chicken salad--things that have no sweet variety.

Meaning you actually know what it means, and yet for some reason can't apply that knowledge to pies?

by Anonymousreply 38111/25/2020

Of course you hear savoury in the way you say in ordinary conversation, R379 - well, maybe not you, personally, as you apparently live in some remote tribal community or are Amish or something, but everyone else does.

by Anonymousreply 38211/25/2020

R381, but I did not know it excluded sweet things. I would have said that an apple pie, cookies, fudge or anything that tasted good would have been savory.

I did a quick survey. Five out of six people thought it was just a synonym for delicious.

No to open another can of worms, but how often do you have a "savory" pie? Maybe the word is not common because the dish is not common outside of Sweeney Todd.

by Anonymousreply 38311/25/2020

Eat a quiche, fucktard.

by Anonymousreply 38411/25/2020

9.2 million Brits watched the final, up from 6.9 million the previous year.

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by Anonymousreply 38511/25/2020

i can't believe prue looks live she could be on the avengers back in the day.

explains her fashion though.

by Anonymousreply 38611/25/2020

The story of Tom Allen from Extra Slice. Sounds like a DLer, still living with his parents at 37.

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by Anonymousreply 38711/25/2020

Another member of R383's panel of experts.

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by Anonymousreply 38811/25/2020

R383, was this survey conducted entirely amongst your fellow special education students? Do any of them take the bus to school, possibly while wearing helmets? Do any of them look like Rosie O’Donnell?

by Anonymousreply 38911/25/2020

We're being G/R/Ump-trolled again. It's a Thanksgiving miracle!

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by Anonymousreply 39011/25/2020

R389, actually it was publishing industry folk, a few editors, a designer, and a VP. The only one who knew the term was the designer. She said its because she had worked on some cookbooks.

To be fair, we are all New Yorkers, and I have found people who live in the city do have surprising pockets of ignorance.

by Anonymousreply 39111/25/2020

[quote]but I did not know it excluded sweet things. I would have said that an apple pie, cookies, fudge or anything that tasted good would have been savory.

You've twice now said you've heard it used to describe things which aren't sweet, and now you say this? You're actually an idiot.

[quote]No to open another can of worms, but how often do you have a "savory" pie? Maybe the word is not common because the dish is not common outside of Sweeney Todd.

So you've never heard of a chicken pot pie, for example?

by Anonymousreply 39211/25/2020

Now you’ve done it. It’s going to come back and ask how a pie could be cooked in a pot. Nine out of ten people surveyed have heard of soup in a pot, but never a pie. And what constitutes a pie, anyway?

Is it the inclusion of crust? But what about cottage pie? What about shepherd’s pie? They have mashed potatoes on top but no crust. If someone made apple-pie filling and baked it under a layer of mashed potatoes, would it be considered a pie?

Is it something to do with the vessel in which a pie is cooked? What if it’s rectangular? These things do not exist in New York. What is potted beef? Is that a pie, too? Do you mean to tell me that potted plants are pies? Do you?

by Anonymousreply 39311/25/2020

Contestants react.

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by Anonymousreply 394Last Thursday at 4:11 AM

From reddit:

"The Canadian version has an air-conditioned tent (well, pavilion really) and they added even more A/C units last year, because the judges felt it wasn't fair for the contestants' bakes to be affected by hot weather and Toronto routinely gets scorching in July."

This seems to be a problem every year. Is it fair to ask home bakers to do their best and put them through adverse conditions that could easily be remedied? Or, does the battle with the heat provide the only drama to the show? Personally, I'd like to see the elements not play a deciding factor in the result.

by Anonymousreply 395Last Thursday at 4:18 AM

It's probably a climate change thing. The show is accredited by a sustainability group called Albert, and I can imagine there being all kinds of negative press if they had air con.

In other news Matt Lucas and Tom Allen will be presenting the Christmas special (Noel was on paternity leave when they filmed it)

[quote]This year’s special will see former contestants James Hillery from the 2017 series, Ruby Bhogal, from the 2018 series, and Rosie Brandreth-Poynter and Jamie Finn from the 2019 series go head to head for the Christmas Star Baker title.

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by Anonymousreply 396Last Thursday at 4:29 AM

We really need to lower our carbon emissions or the quality of the bakes will suffer.

by Anonymousreply 397Last Thursday at 5:16 AM

I found this bit of info about Noel a bit hard to believe:

He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.

by Anonymousreply 398Last Thursday at 8:52 AM

That is surely only hard to believe if you've never read GQ

by Anonymousreply 399Last Thursday at 8:55 AM

We are talking about the style and baking of British people, R398. The bar is not very high.

by Anonymousreply 400Last Thursday at 9:22 AM

I feel like Noel was so creepy with Dave. Also with Peter, but more so with Dave.

by Anonymousreply 401Last Friday at 12:20 PM

The final Extra Slice.

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by Anonymousreply 402Last Friday at 12:30 PM

Peter is much cuter than his brother

by Anonymousreply 403Last Friday at 1:22 PM

R401 "I feel like Noel was so creepy with Dave"

I didn't notice anything obvious.

by Anonymousreply 404Last Friday at 1:35 PM

Peter’s win made some sense, though Dave’s technical should have counted more into the final decision. I really enjoyed Dave’s determination and focus. He was a gentleman and very gracious when Peter won the platter. The video clip of his wife was touching (she is very pretty and their family is beautiful). Dave appeared to try very hard, listen and respond to the judges’ feedback, and he was uniformly a great pleasure to watch.

A generally good season and that’s a triumph considering the conditions of the production.

Mr. Spoon was an epic fail in terms of a comic device. Matt’s easier to take than Noel, which is unusual because Noel is (to me) physically more attractive, but his humor is odd and even though it’s meant to be offbeat, it’s just not too funny.

Pru is, in a curious way, extremely telegenic and nearly matches Mary Berry’s warmth and precision and care. Casting agents should study this as a benchmark case. Just great.

by Anonymousreply 405Last Friday at 3:07 PM

Womanly assed Dave is an attention-whoring frau of the highest order.

I bet he’s kicking himself that it’s too late for him to pop out of a gender-reveal cake on This Morning.

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by Anonymousreply 406Last Friday at 3:23 PM

A female ( of course) columnist hints at the elimination of Hermine as racist

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by Anonymousreply 407Last Friday at 3:34 PM

Well, Stacy pretty much ruined the moment. Think about it. You've been living with this man and just had a baby. The host says to the man," Now, Dave, I think there's a question you wanted to ask?" Dave stands up and walks over to you and professes his love. Don't you have any inkling that a proposal is coming up? Then why do you ruin the moment, before he gets a chance to say," Will you marry me?" by saying very casually, "Oh my God, I actually thought you were going to say a joke." If I had been Dave, I tell her that the ring is for Peter and that he was going to ask him to marry him.

by Anonymousreply 408Last Friday at 3:43 PM

Laura was outranked by far. She was a very good home baker but just not of the same caliber of the other top finalists. I wish we could have seen Hermine in the top 3. Nonetheless I do think the right person won.

by Anonymousreply 409Last Friday at 4:33 PM

The finale was very good. Laura definitely "Laured" it up the whole time. Very happy that Peter and Dave were the last two and glad that Peter won but would have been happy with Dave as well. He really improved over the run of the show.

by Anonymousreply 410Last Friday at 4:35 PM

Noel is always creepy and off-putting. I wish they'd get rid of him and bring in a better second host to play off Matt. I'd love to see Richard Ayoade.

by Anonymousreply 411Last Friday at 5:01 PM

I think Noel is pretty funny, actually, and he seems very sweet. I didn't find Matt Lucas funny at all which surprised me because he was so good in Little Britain. But as someone else stated, there is specific skill in being a presenter. I don't think Matt Lucas has that talent.

by Anonymousreply 412Last Friday at 5:42 PM

Mel and Sue really made it look easy.

by Anonymousreply 413Last Friday at 6:07 PM

R256, I was thinking of your comment at the end of the finale, when we were awaiting the judges' announcement. The camera focused on Peter, capturing a bizarre look on his face as he balanced on the knife edge between expectant nerves and potential rage. He definitely looked as though he could melt down if he lost.

I actually thought Dave had the edge, since his Showstopper was much more professionally done, but I guess Peter was inevitable.

by Anonymousreply 414Last Friday at 8:12 PM

Some of the recipes from the show look interesting, but whenever I think about doing one, there's always some ingredient that's next-to-impossible to find in the US. Granted, it's easier now with Amazon--but only for non-perishables, of course. I ended up tracking down Golden Syrup for a recipe last year at Cost Plus World Market. But I've never seen treacle, or golden caster sugar (even regular caster (superfine) sugar is not readily available everywhere.) And what's the deal with those sheets of gelatin? Another thing I've never seen except on this show. All we have is powdered gelatin.

by Anonymousreply 415Last Friday at 8:27 PM

Laura reminded me of this joke:

[quote] Two strangers were out backpacking in the woods. They came upon each other and decided to walk the next bit together. Around a bend in the trail they came face to face with a bear. One stranger drops to his knee, fetches his running shoes from his backpack and begins the removing his hiking boots. The other stranger just stares and says, "There is no way you can run faster than that bear."

[quote]The kneeling stranger stands up and replies, [bold] "I don't have to be faster than the bear. I only have to be faster than you." [/bold]

For most of the time Laura was in the bottom, but she saved herself from elimination with her dishes' flavors the judges apparently liked so much, so others were eliminated. There was no way she would win that way, because it was doubtful that both Peter and David would fuck up so bad. However, ages ago on the Celebrity edition of The Mole comedienne Kathy Griffin won in a similar fashion by being the fastest going through the quiz which eliminated the other ones who had the same low score but answered slower.

by Anonymousreply 416Last Friday at 9:20 PM

I'd like to see Noel and Matt's bodies used as the ingredients in a mince pie technical. They nearly ruined the season for me and are horribly miscast as presenters on a show like this.

by Anonymousreply 417Last Friday at 9:22 PM

Noel is on maternity leave (and can't do the Christmas special)? That guy managed to put his DNA in new human being? The shittiness of 2020 never ends, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 418Last Friday at 9:24 PM

I like Noel and Matt. I liked Mel and Sue more but as "the sideshow" Noel and Matt are fine. The first year Noel was on I didn't "get" it but the more I see of him, the more I like him. Yes, obviously he's weird but I don't mind it. Matt's fun and I think he'll get better as he goes along with the show.

Prue is growing on me. She's not Mary but she's very well chosen and doing a great job. She insisted on working this season, totally her choice, she wanted to do it. Good for her, she's a tough old bird.

by Anonymousreply 419Last Saturday at 1:21 AM

Funny, I feel the opposite about Noel. I was pleasantly surprised by him his first season, but think he has gone downhill. It seems like he doesn't connect with the bakers at all, he just dutifully pops in to distract them with his incessant single entendres. At least Matt seems interested.

Noel and Sandi's first season is actually one of my favorites. Great bunch of bakers.

Can't believe Dave proposed to his girlfriend on Extra Slice. How tacky. Bet he turns up on another reality show in a few years.

by Anonymousreply 420Last Saturday at 3:21 AM

R415, your golden syrup is treacle. Black treacle is molasses. I would say probably light molasses rather than dark, which we (US) really only use for things like gingerbread; its flavor is very strong.

by Anonymousreply 421Last Saturday at 4:58 AM

R420 is right. Noel has gone downhill and has a real disconnect from the bakers. His interactions seem more daffy and distracting, like he is wandering about the tent waiting for a ride somewhere, without anything to do. He and Matt seem more focused and close to being helpful when reviewing the judging with Paul and Pru, though. It’s a tough gig, being a comic host, when the bakers are struggling to stay focused and follow tight timelines. The Bake Off seems to struggle to follow the structure that earned its following, and that’s a tough challenge for producers. They can’t easily drop the comedic hosts, but are struggling to cast them. Matt is an improvement from Sandy, though. Noel seems constrained by his past, trying to retrofit some goofy absurdist humor into this new context, and that’s hard. He’s like a class clown with progeria. Paul seems intent on simply ignoring him, stoically at times.

by Anonymousreply 422Last Saturday at 5:05 AM

I was impressed by Matt's command of the details in the final Showstopper judging. He ran down the salient points, recapping the remarks that Prue and Paul had made.

I do like Noel. I see what his detractors mean, but I find him amusing and helpful in his own way. He's more of a comically annoying brother to the contestants, which sometimes works and sometimes irritates them, but he's had some truly touching moments of support with them. He's successfully distracted a couple of them who were on the verge of meltdowns. Matt's even better at that, but I find Noel to be just as good as previous co-presenters. It's a matter of taste, I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 423Last Saturday at 5:14 AM

I was impressed by Matt's command of the details in the final Showstopper judging. He ran down the salient points, recapping the remarks that Prue and Paul had made.

I do like Noel. I see what his detractors mean, but I find him amusing and helpful in his own way. He's more of a comically annoying brother to the contestants, which sometimes works and sometimes irritates them, but he's had some truly touching moments of support with them. He's successfully distracted a couple of them who were on the verge of meltdowns. Matt's even better at that, but I find Noel to be just as good as previous co-presenters. It's a matter of taste, I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 424Last Saturday at 5:14 AM

Oh, wow, my first accidental double post. Sorry!

by Anonymousreply 425Last Saturday at 5:15 AM

I like Dave’s fat arse. Is that would a Brit say who’s into guys with a big ass? Well, I’m into it like a cream horn!

by Anonymousreply 426Last Saturday at 5:16 AM

Hopefully Dave mentioned the proposal to Peter beforehand, otherwise it was rather pissing on his moment.

by Anonymousreply 427Last Saturday at 5:18 AM

I will say that Noel’s narration of process, explaining the bakers’ planning, recipe construction and design elects, is very good (clear, polished). Noel has some good points, but has a hard time connecting with the bakers, and that may be situational (the heat in the tend, The pandemic, individual personalities).

Dave took the bait from Matt in one exchange with Matt that “got weird for a minute”, offering up “I can feed ya later, if you like”. Matt seemed dumbfounded for an instant.

by Anonymousreply 428Last Saturday at 5:21 AM

True ^^. It was actually weird before that, too, when Matt said, "I want to be your baby if you'll be baking." Since he looks so much like a giant baby, with his total alopecia, it sounded extra-strange in addition to the vaguely kinky ring it already had.

by Anonymousreply 429Last Saturday at 5:24 AM

I really felt like Noel was the first host to connect with the bakers. The others always felt distant for me, but Noel was so much warmer.

by Anonymousreply 430Last Saturday at 5:27 AM

I think Sue and Mel often connected with the bakers, but on a somehow less personal level. They were good at the job. I think Noel and Matt have the right demeanor.

by Anonymousreply 431Last Saturday at 5:31 AM

Noel and Matt are not there to be comics or a side show. They are there to make sure the whole thing gels into great television. Paul and Prue are necessarily out of the tent while the baking goes on. The show needs to seasoned show business professionals there to circulate and engage the bakers. Otherwise, they're going to be baking, not speaking. They won't even be looking up. The whole show rests on the ability of those two hosts to connect with the bakers, relax them, get them to open up a bit and speak instead of bake. It's a difficult job, but everything rests on it.

Unfortunately, Noel is always slightly withdrawn, slightly aloof, and slightly provocative. He's a bit of a prat, as they might say in the UK. He's not warm and the bakers are always on their guard with him. He does not pull the best camera moments out of them. I have seen him be kind and generous with bakers who were imploding, but before we get to that point, we don't get much out of Noel.

Matt has been finding his way and from time to time has made that sort of connection. But he's not yet much of an interviewer, either. Maybe he will grow to it, but maybe he will go some other direction that won't help get the moments needed from the bakers.

Mel and Sue excelled at getting the bakers to talk. With it, you get a tent full of interesting characters the viewer can get to know and come to care about. Without it, you get two socially awkward men, younger than their years, calling attention to themselves.

by Anonymousreply 432Last Saturday at 5:39 AM

To give Noel his due, he's not doing a bad job. But he's not doing a great job either IMHO, and I wouldn't be bereft if they replaced him.

But I am bereft to have no new episodes to look forward to. What will I watch now?

by Anonymousreply 433Last Saturday at 6:13 AM

Loads of twink porn r433

by Anonymousreply 434Last Saturday at 6:23 AM

[quote] Is that would a Brit say who’s into guys with a big ass?

Translation please, Egalandy at R426.

by Anonymousreply 435Last Saturday at 7:55 AM

[quote]Loads of twink porn

Right in front of my savarin!

by Anonymousreply 436Last Saturday at 12:01 PM

Nice craquelin on your profiteroles, R436!

by Anonymousreply 437Last Saturday at 12:18 PM

Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul originated the show and did it for years. The way they created it and those relationships are the ones that are the show to long-time watchers.

Prue is pretty good at being Mary although no one can ever be Mary Berry. Mel and Sue were perfect, Noel and Sandi were good. She kept him in line more than Matt does but Matt is better than Sandi at the job as a whole. I still really like the show and evidently I'll watch it regardless of the changes they make.

I'd prefer fewer young bakers, more old people. Peter, Dave and Laura were great, especially Peter but the show is leaning too young. The old ladies and old men make the show a thousand times better.

by Anonymousreply 438Last Saturday at 1:12 PM

Yes! What R438 said!!!

by Anonymousreply 439Last Saturday at 1:14 PM

Has an older contestant (50+) ever won?

by Anonymousreply 440Last Saturday at 1:18 PM

Yes, I can think of one at least r440

But Google it, you lazy whore

by Anonymousreply 441Last Saturday at 1:21 PM

Nancy Birtwhistle (60) is the oldest winner, R440.

by Anonymousreply 442Last Saturday at 1:28 PM

Prue is better on the show than Mary.

by Anonymousreply 443Last Saturday at 1:52 PM

No one is better than Mary, R443, don't even bother trying it.

by Anonymousreply 444Last Saturday at 1:55 PM

Sue Perkins was an annoying bint. The Mel and Sue seasons are not as enjoyable because of her silly mugging and even sillier quips. Mary Berry was fine but I like the eccentric Big Bird that is Prue.

I’m not sure Noel and Matt are a good fit together. Noel and Sandy at least had a cute Mutt & Jeff contrast going and played well off each other. While I love Noel and Richard Ayoade together on other shows, Richard’s way too aloof and acerbic for GBBO.

by Anonymousreply 445Last Saturday at 2:28 PM

Interesting that they had Emma Bunton on "Extra Slice" since she was one of the hosts of the most recent iteration of the Great American Baking Show. (Of course they didn't mention that on ES.)

by Anonymousreply 446Last Saturday at 2:53 PM

Links to pics of Dave’s ass please.

by Anonymousreply 447Last Saturday at 5:33 PM

Noel and Prue and Sandy were much better than the slag-faced, gap-toothed beasts they replaced.

Matt is useless.

by Anonymousreply 448Last Saturday at 5:57 PM

Peter and David are both adorable. I would enjoy both their cornucopias. I also got super-gay vibes from David but how he lives doesn't affect my life at all.

This was my first season of this series, and in sum:

1. Great feel-good alternative to news and real life.

2. Better than any Food Network competition.

3. Peter is pretty and perfect.

4. Dave is a sexy nerdy goof.

5. All the rest were very likable, too.

6. I had no idea gorgeous flowers and other artistic compositions could be made with Jell-O.

7. But does anyone want to eat gelatin?

8. Especially on a cake?

9. Way overused mango, pistachio, almond and passionfruit. Are these things all British staples?

10. The hosts are creepy and annoying and yet I like them both somehow.

11. I couldn't believe the ladyjudge when she said she is 80. I thought she was joking.

by Anonymousreply 449Last Sunday at 5:23 AM

Fortunately, Dave proposed before Peter was interviewed. I thought you were going to say that You thought Dave mentioned the proposal, because Peter thought that HE was the one Dave wanted. After all, six weeks in a bubble.............

by Anonymousreply 450Last Sunday at 7:17 AM

In the last episode, at one point it sounded like Matt Lucas and Dave(!) had something going on behind the scenes. And I hoped it would be true.

by Anonymousreply 451Last Sunday at 7:28 AM

Dave has a slim face, but a pudgy body. The apron hides a lot. He's still handsome.

by Anonymousreply 452Last Sunday at 12:36 PM

David said he needed to use his prick at one point. Hehe.

by Anonymousreply 453Last Sunday at 1:58 PM

I am glad Peter won, he's adorable and was a good baker. I am a bit perplexed by Hermine, she was amazing all the way through then SUDDENLY becomes incompetent. Laura was always a hot mess and I don't think she deserved to make it to the final. But whatever.

I know Peter is pale but how comes he looked so red sometimes, esp around the eyes? It was distracting. Don't they have make up people? I'm not saying he needed to be brown but they could have evened him up. In the montage after the last epi they showed a group shot that had Peter in a t shirt and gym shorts and he look great. Nice tight body on him. Glad he won.

Noel gets weirder and weirder and I sometimes find the shtick distracting. I do miss Mel and Sue who seemed to connect more. Matt has good moments, in fact I've liked him a few times. Then they make him doing something silly with Noel and I'm taken right out of it.

by Anonymousreply 454Last Sunday at 3:34 PM

[quote] Nice tight body on him. Glad he won.

All the qualities one needs to win a baking contest!

by Anonymousreply 455Last Sunday at 3:37 PM

Peter should talk to John Whaite, who won bake-off at 23 and says now that the win totally screwed up his life. John might give Peter some good advice on how to handle the new-found fame.

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by Anonymousreply 456Last Sunday at 3:54 PM

John Whaite arrived at GGBO a whiny depressed asshole, competed as a whiny depressed asshole, and left as winner as a whiny depressed asshole.

Peter will be fine.

by Anonymousreply 457Last Sunday at 4:24 PM

I thought the beefcake shots John did after Bake-Off were very odd.

by Anonymousreply 458Last Sunday at 4:55 PM

I wonder if Peter's red eye area is from his being so pale. He must have thin, sensitive skin, and it was really hot in that tent. My face can get quite irritated by my own sweat; maybe he was perspiring and rubbing his eyes, or maybe it was just from being flushed overall.

Holding 375-degree cakes up to his face to listen to them all the time can't have helped.

by Anonymousreply 459Last Sunday at 4:58 PM

R456, would you post some of the article here? It’s paywalled and I can’t read it.

by Anonymousreply 460Last Sunday at 5:01 PM

The Telegraph article was paywalled for me too, R456. I meant to post the synopsis from the Sun.

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by Anonymousreply 461Last Sunday at 5:05 PM

The older gay gay in R461's picture (can't remember his name) seemed like the inspiration for the Anal-Retentive Chef on SNL.

by Anonymousreply 462Last Sunday at 5:15 PM

What an idiot. Who thinks they win GBBO and then get a showbiz career?! You just go about your life like you had planned. I wanted James to win that year anyway.

by Anonymousreply 463Last Sunday at 5:20 PM

Brendan, I think the older man's name was. He was noticeably peeved when John won. Seeing how things turned out, perhaps it would have been better if Brendan had won--a fussy older man who's already retired from his chosen profession might have handled being the winner with more aplomb. Though my favorite that year was cutie-pie medical student James. It was clear he WASN'T taking it too seriously. Although he still pops up in the media from time to time, he finished his schooling and is now a doctor with the NHS.

by Anonymousreply 464Last Sunday at 5:21 PM

GBBO is essentially a game show. Anyone winning it should see it in that light and not expect to have a long and storied career. Nadiya's fame is something of a fluke.

by Anonymousreply 465Last Sunday at 5:23 PM

James was the real star of that season and more creative. OTOH, Brendan got knocked for doing things that reflected his time and his experience as a baker.

Nadiya was likable and the competition seemed truly transformative for her. Also, her kids were old enough that she could transition to a new career. It's not that she's a fluke, it's that the right elements were there. Tamal also was very likable, but also had a stable career path already. John was a mess--giving up law school??? He'd also given up Oxbridge to be near home? What was that about? No, he was a mess going in and became a bigger one coming out. Clearly had a lot of mommy issues and I wouldn't be surprised if she was no help. Is he still with same partner--that guy must be really "long suffering".

I like that there's one winner who got caught shoplifting (Frances). Even a relatively kind, gentle show like GBBO is still a reality show and should have at least one law breaker.

by Anonymousreply 466Last Sunday at 5:55 PM

My memory is that John got his law degree, a first from whichever of Oxford or Cambridge it was, so he didn't drop out. He then went on to do a top patisserie course in Paris. He had decent media offers for a fair number of years, so it did pay off. It isn't going to set you up for life, of course not, but gives a platform and he says himself that some of his issues were self-inflicted.

by Anonymousreply 467Last Sunday at 11:25 PM

Just starting to watch the series from the beginning after the latest season made such a big impression on me and, to be honest, that impression of the first episode of the first season is quite ... jarring. The hosts look like two lesbian history students who give the viewers lectures about baking history with segments where they visit historical places regarding baking. WTF? The female judge lacks a bit of personality (but so far all she had to say is that the goods are either dry or moist) and Paul Hollywood ... oh, boy. Paul looks like he's trying way too hard to counter all the estrogen on the judging and hosting panel that he looks like Guy Fieri's slightly more conservative twin.

by Anonymousreply 468Last Monday at 3:52 AM

Brendan was a nasty piece of work. Bitter. Judgmental. A match made in heaven for Data Lounge.

But I wouldn't want to spent two minutes with that nasty little S.O.B.

by Anonymousreply 469Last Monday at 4:12 AM

He just seemed like a prim little gay man to me.

by Anonymousreply 470Last Monday at 4:48 AM

The image of Brendan stretching his (phyllo?) dough over the hair on his forearms in one challenge was quite disconcerting and pretty disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 471Last Monday at 4:49 AM

[quote]He just seemed like a prim little gay man to me.


by Anonymousreply 472Last Monday at 4:59 AM

Hands down, Brendan was the least sporting contestant the Bake-Off has ever presented.

Vicious little man.

by Anonymousreply 473Last Monday at 5:02 AM

You realize that the contestants “personalities” are constructed in the editing room r473?

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by Anonymousreply 476Last Monday at 7:08 AM

John changed universities to be closer to family. If he has a first it isn't from Oxford/Cambridge. He dropped out of law school, but later went back.

by Anonymousreply 477Last Monday at 7:21 AM

What is this "first" thing you keep talking about re: John?

by Anonymousreply 478Last Monday at 9:19 AM

After some of John's antics - both the semi-porn photos, his public whining, and, for instance, his twitter comments about the Diana Beard/Iain Watters issue - I thought that it was a mistake to crown him winner and that, as I had thought at the time, James should have won. But going back and re-watching the final, if you accept that it's based on that weekend's performance rather than a compendium of efforts over the season - John WAS the winner.

John suffers from depression, as he has made public. In fact, a large number of contestants over the years have admitted to suffering from depression (that could be it's own thread). But they have never made it about the show, as he did, and have managed to not act out in public.

During the show, I was amused by his outfits, which featured more and more skin as the season went on. I'm not sure who he thought he would influence sexually, which it looked like he was subtly playing at.

Generally he was a sweet innocent guy. I feel bad for him. He's right that they should offer more support with the aftermath. I hope he's happier now.

There was always something about Brendan that bothered me and I wasn't able to pinpoint it. He was really talented. Reading all the comments here, I see now that it was that slight nastiness I was sensing. Odd for a Buddhist I would think.

by Anonymousreply 479Last Monday at 10:40 AM

John got his degree between the filming of Bake-Off (early summer) and its broadcast in the autumn, as it was noted in the end of series montage, so if he dropped out and then joined a different law school, it all happened over a pretty short period of time.

by Anonymousreply 480Last Monday at 12:04 PM

John seems like he would always be a neurotic little thing, with or without Bake-Off. All the show did was exacerbate pre-existing issues.

by Anonymousreply 481Last Monday at 12:18 PM

I don't know John Brandon James Nadiya Tamal.

What is Peter doing these days, who is he banging, and where are good pictures?

by Anonymousreply 482Last Monday at 2:31 PM

r476 What's a tezzer?

by Anonymousreply 483Last Monday at 2:37 PM

How soon we've forgotten Steven, who got to fuck Russell Tovey.

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by Anonymousreply 484Last Monday at 2:38 PM

Say what you will about the show, but no one can deny it's quite gay-friendly!

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by Anonymousreply 485Last Monday at 2:40 PM

Tom Hetherington. Apparently his twin brother was killed in action in Afghanistan.

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by Anonymousreply 486Last Monday at 2:43 PM

R484 Russell is the top, he is far too butch and straight living to ever ever bottom.

by Anonymousreply 487Last Monday at 2:52 PM

It could just be that Tovey paid Steven to make a cake modeled on Tovey's dog. Steven doesn't seem to be his type judging by his porn boyfriend.

Frankly, I'd rather have Steven than Tovey, but that's just me.

That was a great season for the boys - Steven and Tom.

by Anonymousreply 488Last Monday at 3:29 PM
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