Broadcaster Channel 4 said it is ‘looking for a gourmet selection of amateur bakers to enter the tent for the tenth series. If you or someone you know can prove to perfection and rise to the occasion, then why not apply now at https://gbbo.take-part.co.uk/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 067 4837.’
The Great British Bake Off is a show in which amateur bakers fans compete over the course of 10 hour-long episodes to be crowned the UK’s best amateur baker. Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the contest unfolds.
Every episode comprises three challenges. The Signature Bake tests the bakers’ personality, creative flair and baking ability. The main challenge here is to produce something ‘cute, rustic and home-made-looking’. It’s in this test that the bakers get to show off their tried-and-tested hand-cooked bites.
This challenge is followed by Technical Bake, in which the bakers are given one basic recipe, with the same ingredients and instructions, and asked to produce the finished product.
Finally, the Showstopper Bake is an opportunity for the bakers to showcase their depth of skill and talent. The complexities of this task call for a professional standard in taste and appearance and the judges look for the most impressive and elaborate creations.
There are two judges: Paul Hollywood, who is one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers, and Prue Leith, one of the country’s foremost culinary experts, whose career has seen her as a restaurateur, caterer, food teacher, food writer, novelist and television cook. She is also the founder of Leith’s cookery school.
The show is presented by writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, alongside comedy writer and performer Noel Fielding.
L-R: Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith, Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding