The Great British Bake Off - Channel 4 edition

End of the soggy bottom? Channel 4's Great British Bake Off to have 'new modern tone'

She said she hoped viewers would find that "this is Bake Off but with an extraordinary, high calibre of contributors and it's got a slight Channel 4 feel to it.

"We've got a new tone to it, it's got a new comic riff to it. I think that feels modern and future facing. I think it's a show that people will love with a Channel 4 spin."

"With Noel, it's a slightly more surreal take. So far, episode one, there's no reference to soggy bottoms but it's got a freshness and it feels modern in terms of their comic take on it... It's got a slightly more surreal twist," the source said.

Hmm...I'm not sure they understand exactly what it was that made people love the BBC version. I mean, it might turn out to be good in it's own right but, is that going to be enough to pull in the same audience as before? I remain sceptical.

pyxistyx wrote:

End of the soggy bottom? Channel 4's Great British Bake Off to have 'new modern tone'

She said she hoped viewers would find that "this is Bake Off but with an extraordinary, high calibre of contributors and it's got a slight Channel 4 feel to it.

"We've got a new tone to it, it's got a new comic riff to it. I think that feels modern and future facing. I think it's a show that people will love with a Channel 4 spin."

"With Noel, it's a slightly more surreal take. So far, episode one, there's no reference to soggy bottoms but it's got a freshness and it feels modern in terms of their comic take on it... It's got a slightly more surreal twist," the source said.

Hmm...I'm not sure they understand exactly what it was that made people love the BBC version. I mean, it might turn out to be good in it's own right but, is that going to be enough to pull in the same audience as before? I remain sceptical.

Surreal? JFC, if I wanted to watch absurdist slapstick takes on baking, I would do what I always do... watch anything from Food Network. I love Alton Brown trapping some central-casting "chef" in lobster claws, mixing margaritas as much as the next guy... but the world sure as sh*t doesn't need another Chopped or Cutthroat Kitchen.

What I loved about GBBO was the honest, earnest, and grounded tone of the program (programme?) that showcased incredible amatuer bakers.

Actually, Reaper... They are real chefs.

How did you get invited to audition for Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen?

One of the directors from the casting company called me and said they found me through my Mad Love Cooking YouTube Channel. They initially wanted to know how strong of a competitor I was and if I thought that I would be able to handle the pressure of competing on a show like Cutthroat Kitchen.

What was the application process like?

In order to compete they asked me to provide several of my recipes and photographs of my dishes that I’ve created. They also requested that I send them my resume, Chef’s Roll profile and a headshot via email. The entire process from start to finish took about four months to complete. After sending them the required documents and electronic media, I had to participate in two Skype calls with their casting directors and producers. During the calls they wanted to know about my culinary style, my industry awards, my experience and how I performed under pressure. They didn’t let me know how many other chefs I was competing against to participate in the show. The majority of the candidates are found via social media such as YouTube, Twitter and industry websites such as Chef’s Roll. There was never any formal “cooking” audition. Cutthroat Kitchen’s process is to choose the candidates via the steps listed above, listen to how we present ourselves via Skype, evaluate our industry experience, any and all electronic media that was provided and then finally, fly you to the set of the show, located in Burbank, California.

Robear wrote:

Actually, Reaper... They are real chefs.

How did you get invited to audition for Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen?

One of the directors from the casting company called me and said they found me through my Mad Love Cooking YouTube Channel. They initially wanted to know how strong of a competitor I was and if I thought that I would be able to handle the pressure of competing on a show like Cutthroat Kitchen.

What was the application process like?

In order to compete they asked me to provide several of my recipes and photographs of my dishes that I’ve created. They also requested that I send them my resume, Chef’s Roll profile and a headshot via email. The entire process from start to finish took about four months to complete. After sending them the required documents and electronic media, I had to participate in two Skype calls with their casting directors and producers. During the calls they wanted to know about my culinary style, my industry awards, my experience and how I performed under pressure. They didn’t let me know how many other chefs I was competing against to participate in the show. The majority of the candidates are found via social media such as YouTube, Twitter and industry websites such as Chef’s Roll. There was never any formal “cooking” audition. Cutthroat Kitchen’s process is to choose the candidates via the steps listed above, listen to how we present ourselves via Skype, evaluate our industry experience, any and all electronic media that was provided and then finally, fly you to the set of the show, located in Burbank, California.

I do know that.

I was just indirectly riffing on the sorts of humans that go on such programs... shading myself as a viewer in the process.

I don't see Noel working with Bake Off. I'm not sure the surrealist/absurdist comedy and cake baking demographics over lap that much. Although, having watched 'an extra slice,' I could be wrong.

I'm posting this anywhere I can at the moment so I might as well pop it here. Come to think of it Noel also made a sandwich. I'll add his so you can compare and contrast.

Both have their merits:

D:

It's, like, that creepy bit out of Young Sherlock Holmes when Watson is attacked by imaginary sentient cakes.

Yeah, I think they broke it.

Chaz wrote:

Yeah, I think they broke it.

About to find out...

Much as it pains me to say so, I actually quite enjoyed it.

They kept a lot of the elements the same and kept the length of the programme by going beyond the hour.

Yeah, that wasn't terrible! Crazy first signature challenge in the grand scheme of things. The new judge seems good.
I'll keep watching, the formula seems largely untouched albeit slightly less charming with no Mel and Sue.

I thought it was good. I like the new judge and thought the bits where Noel and other host interacted with the bakers were really good. The only thing that really stuck out to me as not good was when Noel was narrating.

I hate how most Youtube videos of the episodes cut off the bottom to avoid getting taken down so I never get to see what peoples names are.

Yeah it was as you were really. New judge, like for like with Berry pretty much. The only thing surreal about Noel was that he wasn't being surreal. He's an affable enough chap to do the job in the tent, though I'd agree he's no narrator.

Bake off with ads though, it's a shame.

That KFC advert was just wrong.

Bubblefuzz wrote:

That KFC advert was just wrong.

If its purpose was to turn me off fast food for a while then it worked.

I quite enjoyed the episode, it was really quite a thankless task for Noel and Sandie but I think they did fine. It was quite easy to pick the star baker and bottom of the pile for me this week.

This episode highlighted the fact that the contestants are the biggest factor in terms of enjoyment for me. If you have fun characters making the cakes then it works.

I like the Russian woman. You always need someone who's anguish you can read as plain as day. I also liked the moment when Sandi Toksvig was helping a male contestant cut his cake (at his invitation) and it crumbled a little. He said, quite matter of factly, "Technically that's your fault."