What is about watching people talk in English accents that can mesmerize you for hours?
I mean seriously. I sat down the other day to see what was new on Netflix and before I knew it.. hours had passed by. Not only that, but I was strangely yearning for a moist lemon cake with drizzly icing.
What was happening to me?
What is “The Great British Bake Off”
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me share with you the IMDb explanation of the show:
A Basic Description
Twelve amateur bakers are on a quest to be named the U.K.’s best baker. Over the course of 10 weeks, renowned British bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood judge the contestants on their skills at making cakes, breads, pastries and desserts of all kinds. The challenges for the bakers come in three categories: Signature Bake, Technical Bake and the Showstopper Bake. As each week goes on, the challenges become more and more difficult. Hosted by British comedy writing duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, the series comes to PBS after its successful run in Britain.
12 adorable non-professional bakers, each with an interesting background, compete for the U.K’s Best Baker award. With 10 weeks of delightful banter, recipes I’ve never heard of, and hilarious comments from the hosts, this show will have you binge watching in no time.
It’s Unlike Any Other Show
Unlike a lot of American ‘reality’ shows, The Great British Bake Off is truly something different. It may be the accents or maybe even the excitement of watching someone weigh ingredients instead of using measure cups, but in the end, it really is a lot of fun to watch.
Here are the 5 Reason Why I Love Watching The Great British Bake Off
Number One ~ Marry Berry
Marry is one of those sweet older ladies that you wished was your grandmother. She has the sweetest temperament and even smiles when she has to criticize something someone baked.
Some of the things she says would cause giggles within an American school yard, but makes total sense, I’m sure, when it comes to British baking terms.
Number Two ~ Paul Hollywood
Those eyes! I mean.. come on.. there’s something about the ‘Paul stare‘ they keeps me watching.
It’s either a “I know you can bake better then that” kind of stare or a “Wow, that tastes amazing” stare. Either way, it’s fun to watch.
He’s a bit more critical then Marry, but never screams or yells at the contestants which I really like.
Number Three ~ No Drama
I don’t watch American realty shows for this very reason. Even the cooking ones.
For some reason, American producers like to create and or focus on any kind of drama they can. I guess it sells the show and there are other people out there that like that kind of stuff. Not me though. That’s why I love this show.
Each of the contestants, for the most part, enjoy helping each other and even encourage each other when things seem to be going wrong. There’s no side clips showing one contestant talking smack about the other. They are there to bake and that’s all.
Well, except for one unfortunate incident..
This ‘Freezergate‘ episode was sad to watch, but I was impressed on how the producers didn’t focus on what happened or incite some kind of rivalry.
Number Four ~ The Hosts
These two ladies are so much fun to watch.
Their quick wit, extensive accents and foreign language skills and encouraging spirits make watching this show enjoyable.
With funny one liners and their impeccable time keeping, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will keep you hooked to this show.
Number Five ~ The Food
In each episode, the contestants are asked to bake three different types of recipes. Each one is designed to test their skills and creativity.
Most of the time, I have no idea what they are asking them to make. I’ve never studied in any type of culinary school, nor do I know a lot of British terms for food. Yet, with each episode I am thoroughly impressed with what each contestant makes.
Beautiful and delicious, each recipe is a treat for the eyes for sure.
The One Problem With Watching This Show
So there are all 5 Reasons Why Love Watching The Great British Bake Off. All of which will keep me watching for some time to come I’m sure.
But, there is one problem.
I’m going to eventually run out of episodes on Netflix to watch. AHHH!
Even though I have binged and watched the first two seasons quite quickly, I’m starting to pace myself now because I don’t want to run out of episodes to watch. One to two a week is what I’m down to, but I know… one day.. I will have to wait till it comes on regular TV.
How About You?
Are you a fan of The Great British Bake Off? Have you already watched all the episodes and are patiently waiting for new ones?
Leave me a comment and let me know if you have seen this show before. I would love to read your thoughts about it.