Shocking facts about The Great British Bake Off

Everyone is familiar with The Great British Bake Off cooking show. It is often referred to as Bake Off or GBBO. It is not only popular among viewers but it is also a BAFTA award-winning British television baking competition that was first shown by BBC Two on 17 August 2010.

It is presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, and judged by cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood. Aired under the name The Great British Baking Show in the United States, the competition selects from amongst its contestants the best amateur baker.

Beside fan or viewer of GBBO if you can’t get enough of the show, you might think you know everything there is to know about the Bake Off. But you may need to think again, because we’ve discovered a whole host of weird and wonderful facts about the show that will be news to you!

We’ve done a bit of digging to find out some of the craziest secrets that you probably never knew about Mary, Paul and the rest of the stars, just so you can indulge a little bit more about your favorite TV show.


Here are the most shocking facts about The Great British Bake Off

Contestants have to pay for their own ingredients

We were really surprised to find out this one! Contestants are only provided ingredients for their recipes if they get to the final rounds of the competition. With the amount of baking and the recipes that they are attempting this must be quite a pricey venture for the contestants.

Washing up is done by hand!

As you can imagine, dishwashers are way too loud to be in the background while filming and would also take too long, so all of the washing up is done by hand by home economists – don’t worry Mary, at least you don’t have to do it! Let’s hope they have washing up gloves so wrinkly fingers are spared!

The show is based on village fetes

The show’s creator, Anna Beattie, thought that there was something about village fetes and baking competitions that could be captured for television and would be really entertaining. On paper it doesn’t necessarily sound like a good idea for a television show, but clearly it’s proved itself as we all love it! What an original idea.

Contestants have to wear the same clothes all weekend

To keep consistency during the episode, the contestants are asked to wear the same clothes all weekend, despite the fact it’s filmed over two days. This may not be the most practical idea as we know how messy we get when we’re baking, so the contestants definitely have to be careful! Did you notice that they never change clothes during an episode?

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Applying for the show is a very lengthy process

If you’re thinking about applying, make sure you have a lot of spare time, as the application form alone is eight pages long! It includes questions about your lifestyle, your experience level with various different baked goods and a rather open ended question ‘why do you bake?

But that’s not the end of it! After is a 45-minute phone call, an audition in London, screen tests, even a meeting with the show’s psychologist. At least we know each contestant really does deserve his or her place!

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