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4 hours ago, Adam said:

I haven't watched Bake Off in a few years but we sat down to watch the new series tonight and I was crying with laughter at the Showstoppers. Some of those celebrity cake busts were monstrosities. Poor Lupita Nyong'o.

 

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I'd watch the fuck out of Richard Ayoade cooing over Battenburgs and Vienese Whirls.

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The show itself has slowly gone downhill as the original personalities left and it went from a neat look at a fading artform to a way for people to try and kickstart their own baking careers given some of the success post-show of a number of early winners and contestants. They've done a good job deliberately selecting someone people with no chance of winning though, but it has really hurt the first half of the show lately as they weed themselves all out and we're left with the 5 or 6 people who are superior bakers.

Anyway in the US I believe we get episode 1 tomorrow on Netflix.

While I like my cooking competition shows to feature contestants who are all really good I think from a TV production standpoint they'd rather have unique personalities and skill gaps to really amplify how good the "good cooks" are.

Masterchef remains the gold standard for me. Iron Chef in its heyday was also great. Both have received subpar adaptations here in the US. We do really strong cooking shows but I don't like most of our competitive cooking shows, they're too "DRAMA~~!!" based.

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Do not get me started on Iron Chef America. The original Japanese show worked great because the Iron Chefs had their own distinct styles and personalities, and Kaga acted like a boss and dressed like a pimp.

On the other hand, most of the Iron Chefs on the American version were so-so, and I am still to this day convinced that most of Bobby Flay's wins were due to favoritism. A couple of the newer ones should never have even been Iron Chefs. Plus `The Chairman' was never really allowed to make comments, while you could believe Kaga had a say in things on the original show as he commented and criticized all the time.

Master Chef AND Top Chef are the gold standards, but as far as MC is concerned, Claudia should not have made it to the finale, let alone won, the season she was on. EVERYTHING she did was Mexican cooking, while her opponent in the finale was more versatile. And this is coming from someone who loves Mexican food.

(Also, Food Network's "Next Food Network Star" is definitely rigged, and I hope they do not ever bring it back, unless Bobby and Giada are replaced. I think Alton Brown quit doing it because of the bs going on with it.

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I love Matt Lucas and having watched two episodes love him and Noel together. Twitter last week was full of people slating him though, largely for having the nerve to be a man.

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I think Matt is funny but he's not exactly bringing what I loved about Mel, Sue, Sandi and Noel.

 

22 hours ago, Baddar said:
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I really like Peter, but I don't want him to win. I am rooting for either Laura or Hermin.

 

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I find Matt and Noel a great pairing. He also strikes me as someone the bakers really like having around too, which lets him do some really goofy stuff. I could absolutely see how people wouldn't like him though.

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I don't know if the British broadcast is ahead of Netflix, but we have the semifinals going up next week. I think they got the last 4 right and really the whole top 5 were generally strong bakers. Hermine is my pick to win because when she does well it's just so much better than anyone else's best. But that was basically the case with Steph last year. So maybe Hermine has a bad week ahead of her that'll derail her.

 

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Bit of a shitty decision that. As much as I like Laura, she's struggled almost every single week and always manages to scrape through. There wasn't much between her and Hermine in the semi's, and Hermine came off the back off two Star Baker wins.

Still think Peter is going to win. He comes across as a bit smug. Couldn't put my finger on why I didn't like him before this episode but I think that's the reason.

With that said, he's the best baker overall so would fully deserve the win. 🤣

 

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Yeah that's a BS elimination. The consistency of never being at risk of elimination vs. Laura who is always close to being eliminated should have been what helped them make their decision. Not "oh gosh you finally had a bad week time to go".

Either of the guys could win the final. They (along with Hermine) have been the clear best all show. With all this said watch Laura put together her best week and win on that alone.

I don't mind Peter but he's a little smug. He'd fit in great on a US cooking or baking show. He's basically been training his whole life to be in this position on this show, so it's a tad annoying I think when comparing it to more traditional home bakers. But at this point in the show's popularity it's hard to say there are many people going on who haven't been inspired by or working towards being contestants.

 

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Yeah Hermine would've won if she made it. Dave was the only baker who I don't think ever had a truly bad week, just some bad bakes. Peter had a bad week or two if I recall. I'm fine with Peter winning and I guess it did come down to only one of his treats on his showstopper being subpar as opposed to two on Dave's.

Laura really had no business being in the final.

 

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On 24/09/2020 at 01:48, Colly said:

 

I watched some episodes last night. Stopped when the pastry week episode started. Matt is doing a bang up job as the new co-host, and Heidi and I have already laughed about as much as we did during all of last season.

Wasn't sure if I was watching Nailed It! instead when they did the celebrity cakes. (Oh, lord, the David Bowie one looked like Fat Elvis as Ziggy Stardust!) If you do get Nailed It! on Netflix, I highly recommend watching it.

Avoiding spoilers, but I hope Peter makes it to the finale. Rowan lasted about two episodes longer than he should have.

 

 

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