Chef K is on that Millionare Matchmaker show that I generally loathe, but it’s actually really fun when my brother and I sit there and try to guess which of the contestants (or whatever they’re called) are queer and which aren’t.
And we try to guess which girls are K’s type. I love it. She goes, “my celebrity crush is Natalie Portman” and there’s totes a Portman look a like so I’m just gonna ship that.
oh god some girl just said, “I’m a Chinese teacher!” to K.
When This Reality Baking Show Is On, Britain Pretty Much Grinds To A Halt
(Baker Iain Watters was a victim in the “bingate” scandal.BBC One) America has “Top Chef,” the U.K has “The Great British Bake Off.”
It’s about baking.
And seriously, Brits love it.
How much? The country ground to a halt over a scandal involving an alleged dessert “sabotage” that occurred on an episode from the latest season. Contestant Iain Watters had an on-camera freak out after fellow baker Diana Beard supposedly removed his Baked Alaska from the freezer, causing it to melt. Watters was sent home and Beard accused the BBC of editing the footage to make her look bad.
It dominated the news cycle.
The commotion over so-called “bingate” pushed the show to its biggest audience ever: 10 million viewers. (That’s 1 in 6 of all British people.) And now, people in Britain can’t stop talking about it.
There is even a second TV show, “An Extra Slice,” whose only purpose is to dissect the highlights of the actual show from the previous evening.
(Mary Berry, a judge on “The Great British Bakeoff"BBC One) The series, now in Season 5, is getting off of a strong start. Bake Off pulled in 7.2 million viewers in the current season’s opening episode, up from the 5.6 million who tuned in to watch the first episode of Season 4, according to The Guardian. And last week, it drew in nearly double the number of viewers who watched England’s first soccer game, against Norway, since it lost to Brazil in the World Cup.
Other than the controversy, "The Great British Bake Off” follows the basic formula of many other reality cooking shows. Contestants fight it out in challenges that test their technical skills, creativity, and performance under time constraints designed to drive bakers to the brink — maybe even far enough to purposely vandalize a competitor’s pudding.
In each one-hour episode, contestants are tested in three different ways on one type of dessert, such as pies or tarts.
(Martha, 17, is Bake Off’s youngest baker ever. She’s pretty good, too.BBC One Screenshot) The contestants fall across a wide range of ages, too. There is an adorably nervous 17-year-old (who is an excellent baker) and an old military veteran (not quite such a good baker). So everyone has someone different to root for.
Season 5 started off with twelve. Eventually, that will be whittled down to one. The winner will be named Great British Bake Off’s Best Amateur Baker.
The star of the show is arguably English food writer Mary Berry. She’s 79 and adorable. Also, her last name is berry and she writes about food!
The “Great British Bake Off” airs at 8 p.m. BST on BBC One every Wednesday.