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YWalker
07-03-2013, 09:06 PM
Am I the only one watching this?

This is probably the best reality cooking competition I've seen.

I really enjoy the format that has the competitors all baking three items based on the episode's theme and then judging them on all three. This gets rid of the situation that most shows have where an excellent cook can get sent home because they make an epic mistake on one dish, even though their work is normally stellar.

Jeff Foxworthy is a surprisingly good host for this. I like the fact that he makes no pretense of being a cooking expert. I think it's nice to have a "civilian" able to weigh in with the everyman's opinion of whether or not it tastes good, and leave the nitpicking over technicality to the experts. He does a good job of moving the narration along without making it all about himself.

I think what I like best is the respect that they show to the contestants. They aren't berated when something doesn't work out well for them.

DCnDC
07-03-2013, 09:18 PM
Part of what makes competition shows enjoyable is judging the end product, whatever it may be, for yourself. I like cooking competition shows, but the problem is I can't taste the dishes; we have to just take the judges' word on what is or is not good.

zombywoof
07-03-2013, 11:05 PM
Haven't seen any of the American one but The Great British Bakeoff (which it's based on) is indeed great - just an honest (and challenging) competition among a bunch of very decent seeming people, without all the typical hyped up (if not outright scripted) intercontestant "drama".

YWalker
07-04-2013, 07:40 AM
Yes, exactly. I like that this is a group of talented, likeable people doing what they do well, with a minimum of drama. Even though there was one guy in the group who has seemed like an arrogant jerk for most of the competition, he sort of redeemed himself last night by finally delivering some really excellent work and being helpful to a competitor.

I would love to see the Great British Bakeoff, but, from what I've heard, it's not available to be viewed online. That answers the question as to why the American version is filmed in a tent rather than inside a building. Apparently the British version moves to different locations all the time, hence the tent.

sandra_nz
07-04-2013, 08:50 AM
Yes, exactly. I like that this is a group of talented, likeable people doing what they do well, with a minimum of drama. Even though there was one guy in the group who has seemed like an arrogant jerk for most of the competition, he sort of redeemed himself last night by finally delivering some really excellent work and being helpful to a competitor.
I suspect his reaction shots are very carefully edited in to make him seem more of a jerk than he actually is. For example, when someone else gets star baker or praised for their baking and it cuts to a shot of him looking pissed off. I bet those 'reaction shots' aren't reactions to what we've just seen at all.

simply_cats
07-04-2013, 08:50 AM
Just chiming in that I like this show quite a lot, for those reasons mentioned. For my drama-seeking self, I watch Big Brother beforehand :D

sandra_nz
07-04-2013, 08:51 AM
I should also mention that watching this show makes me very hungry. We even went and bought some croissants immediately after watching that episode!

YWalker
07-04-2013, 11:21 AM
You're not the only one! Since I was dying to hear some chatter about the show, I checked into the forums on Television without Pity. Several of the people there had started trying to find out the theme of the show beforehand so that they could have suitable snacks available while viewing --- they pie show left people craving pie, the desserts show left people craving custards, etc.

BrokenBriton
07-04-2013, 12:09 PM
Fwiw, the UK version turned into an enormous and surprise ratings hit. They must be on S4 or 5 by now.


I would love to see the Great British Bakeoff, but, from what I've heard, it's not available to be viewed online. .

If you put 'Great British Bake Off' into Youtube you gets bits and pieces.

YWalker
07-04-2013, 12:18 PM
Yes, I'm watching one now. It's a special celebrity episode they did as a fundraiser for Comic Relief. The format appears to be the same, and I'm enjoying it.

zombywoof
07-08-2013, 12:54 AM
I've been catching up on the American show, and like it a lot - unfortunately, from what I understand it hasn't done too well ratings wise, putting it up head-to-head with Masterchef seems to have been a big mistake??

Little_Pig
12-16-2016, 12:31 AM
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Max Torque
12-16-2016, 10:43 AM
The Great British Baking Show pops up on PBS around here, usually on the weekends. They've retitled it from "British Bakeoff" due to a Pillsbury trademark in the U.S. on the word "Bake-Off", or so I hear. Anyway, if you're in the U.S., search for the alternate title.

up_the_junction
12-16-2016, 11:53 AM
It took a few seasons for the BBC to get the formula right but when they did it was a huge success, a national phenomenon even - pretty much like Top Gear, but with soggy bottoms.

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