About the show
The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker. Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their baking prowess. Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.
Testing the bakers’ personality, creative flair and baking ability, the main challenge here is to produce something cute, rustic and altogether home-made-looking. It’s in this test that the Bakers get to show off their tried-and-tested handcooked bites.
This challenge separates the wheat from the chaff. Take one basic recipe, with the same ingredients and instructions, and ask our bakers to produce the finished product… sound easy? Well, any variation on the finished product will be a result of their own technical knowledge and experience – or lack of. Bakers are laid bare in this task and this is where the pressure’s really on in the bake-off.
The oven gloves are off in this final challenge where the bakers are able to showcase their depth of skill and talent. The complexities of this task call for a professional standard in taste and appearance. Are they up to it? The judges will be looking for the most impressive and elaborate creations – that better taste first-class too.
The Presenters – Mel & Sue
Writer, presenter and broadcaster, the hugely talented Sue Perkins has been a firm favourite on British television for nearly fifteen years. Together with her presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc, she entertained the nation with her unique brand of wit on the popular “Light Lunch”. In recent years, Sue has worked on a wide range of solo projects, including documentaries on art, popular fiction and history. In 2008 she appeared on the BBC show Maestro, which she won, culminating in her conducting at The Last Night of the Proms. She has also collaborated with the food critic, Giles Coren, on The Supersizers series, experiencing food from a variety of historical periods, including sow’s udder pate, Bovine Bread and Butter Pudding, Duck Tongues and several thousand bottles of wine. Sue also appears regularly on Radio 4 shows Just a Minute and The News Quiz. This year saw the release of Sue’s self-penned sitcom “Heading Out”, which she wrote, composed the music for, and starred in the lead role.
Writer and performer, Mel Giedroyc, started her career as half of the hugely successful double-act, Mel and Sue. Shortlisted for the Best Newcomers Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Mel and Sue went on to write material for French and Saunders before hosting their own show, “Light Lunch”, which later became “Late Lunch”. When the duo separated to work on individual projects, Mel worked on a range of programmes including co-presenting a daytime chat show and starring in a BBC sitcom. Mel also appeared in three series of the twice BAFTA-nominated cult sketch show “Sorry I’ve Got No Head” as well as the West End musical “Eurobeat”. More recently, Mel has appeared in the popular teen drama, “Sadie J”. Both Mel and Sue have appeared on the award-winning radio show, “Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show.” Mel also presents “The 4 o’clock Show” daily on Radio 4 Extra.
The Judges – Paul & Mary
Paul Hollywood is one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers. The son of a baker, Paul originally trained as a sculptor until his father persuaded him to change careers. By combining his love of sculpting and baking, Paul established himself as an innovator. During his time as head baker, Paul worked in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world including the Dorchester in London. He cemented his reputation as the leading authority on bread making by publishing the best-selling book “100 Great Breads” which has been translated into seven languages. This year Paul presented his first solo series, “Bread” in which he revealed his secrets to making breads from all over the world. Paul appeared as a judge on “The American Baking Competition” too. With Mary, he has also judged the “Junior Bake Off” on CBBC, and the celebrity version for Comic Relief and Sports Relief.
With nearly sixty years cooking experience, Mary Berry is considered to be the doyenne of baking. Having learnt the art of baking from her mother, Mary quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster. Over the years, she has published 70 cookery books which have been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. In 2012 her contribution to the culinary arts was recognised by the Queen, being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours. Mary’s personal favourite cake to make is a ginger treacle tray bake. However, most people tell her that they enjoy baking her lemon drizzle cake. In addition to her baking expertise, Mary has also garnered a reputation for providing practical recipes containing lots of fresh ingredients for the family. Mary and Paul have filmed masterclasses, judged the “Junior Bake Off” on CBBC and a celebrity version of Sports Relief. This year Mary released her first autobiography and appeared in “The Mary Berry Show.”