Why ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Is Far Less Stressful Compared to Most American Baking Shows

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The Great British Bake Off | Courtesy of Netflix

The Great British Bake Off is simply not set up to make the bakers fail, like so many other cooking shows seem to be. Unlike a typical American reality series, the hosts don’t introduce twists halfway through challenges to throw off contestants. (As Nicole Byer does in Nailed It, for example).

And there are always enough eggs. (Like, Chopped knows that we know they can afford more than one ice-cream maker, right?)

Which brings us to the next difference about The Great British Bake Off. The challenges are never surprises. The judges hand out challenges weeks before contestants do it in front of cameras, so the bakers have time to practice at least two of their bakes at home. While the technical challenge might be new to most of the contestants – they might never have baked it or even heard of it – most of the challenges are doable, like cakes, breads, etc. And in the technical, because they already have so much baking experience, contestants often luck into making the right thing.

It’s less anxiety-inducing than watching Chopped contestants pull out fresh durian and tuna salad, or whatever.

The setting doesn’t hurt either. As

One of Netflix’s most successful food shows is also one of the calmest. The Great British Bake Off stands out compared to American cooking shows in that regard. When you watch popular food competition shows in the U.S. like Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, you see fierce competitors, hosts who are there to up the intensity, and mid-episode surprises that throw the contestants into a fluster. The Great British Bake Off provides something different: for example, several long shots of contemplative bakers looking into ovens.

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The Great British Bake Off is truly a piece of art in motion. First, you as a viewer get to appreciate some of the artistry of baking. They portray the long, sometimes painful methods that it can take to get a “good bake.” But the show also includes lovely illustrations of the bakers’ take on the challenges; while the contestant explains their plan in detail, you see colorful drawn interpretations of the treats. And we haven’t even mentioned the soft, cheerful piano that soundtracks the series.

The calming music, paired with the contestants’ adorable British accents, is something like ASMR for your soul. (In other words, you’ll want to watch The Great British Bake Off, not Iron Chef, to soothe your ever-present pandemic anxiety).

The structure of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ sets contestants up to succeed in their bakes

The Great British Bake Off | Courtesy of Netflix

The Great British Bake Off is simply not set up to make the bakers fail, like so many other cooking shows seem to be. Unlike a typical American reality series, the hosts don’t introduce twists halfway through challenges to throw off contestants. (As Nicole Byer does in Nailed It, for example).

And there are always enough eggs. (Like, Chopped knows that we know they can afford more than one ice-cream maker, right?)

Which brings us to the next difference about The Great British Bake Off. The challenges are never surprises. The judges hand out challenges weeks before contestants do it in front of cameras, so the bakers have time to practice at least two of their bakes at home. While the technical challenge might be new to most of the contestants – they might never have baked it or even heard of it – most of the challenges are doable, like cakes, breads, etc. And in the technical, because they already have so much baking experience, contestants often

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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