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  1. She wanted to pursue other projects & Bajke Off was too time-consuming to allow for that. "When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family. Unusually, I am departing from 'The Great British Bake Off' so I can spend more time with my other work. As my waistline will testify, 'Bake Off' is an all-consuming show." (and then she said some very complimentary things about everyone else involved.) https://www.heart.co.uk/showbiz/tv-movies/great-british-bake-off/why-sandi-toksvig-quit-replacement/
  2. I didn't much care how the busts looked (that's not an interesting part of baking to me in the first place, although the contrast between ambition & result was mostly amusing, and handled as such) - but I enjoyed it because they chose interesting people and it was a good way to get everybody introduced (not just, briefly, for who they chose, but also how they went about things). All in all, a promising first episode - I'm enjoying the casting and the atmosphere on set.
  3. It seems to be silent. I found a YouTube (searched for Bohemian Rhapsody lyric video). It was 6 minutes but perfectly matched in time if you run them both simultaneously & pause this one at a couple of points. I think this was the one:
  4. Not only does it seem like they've done a much better job of casting this year than last, in terms of diversity in age range, etc, - but somebody actually uses rhubarb & custard in the very first bake! (that's so generic that I don't think it qualifies as a spoiler). (Nothing against anyone in last year's group, but I vastly prefer the atmosphere that results from having a full range of ages, & based on the first episode, it seems like this one will have more of the feel of past years).
  5. Could instead be trying to fill the gap that Masterchef fills in countries like Australia & the UK, where they emphasize skill & talent rather than antics. Since the only US cooking show that really does that is Top Chef, the branding would be a good setup for it.
  6. I just watched the final two episodes - it stays terrific! A great final three & a great winner. I don't know who you are finding yourself rooting for, but I've liked all three of these from the beginning. I'm already looking forward to seeing them together again judging in future seasons.
  7. I was wondering about early (first year?) sobriety - sometimes people get on an extreme exercise kick or temporarily get a bit control-freakish about diet for a while.
  8. There'd be no need for him to taste anything he wasn't planning on eating, so - I assume not.
  9. I thought they were actually trying to defuse responsibility a bit so nobody would pull a Ben de la Creme (& I loved Ben de la Creme & completely sympathized with her decision - it showed what a rotten format it was). Someone else suggested Cracker was influenced by producers not to boot out a strong competitor, but I think she was just trying to create a little false drama they could use by suggesting she might vote out Shea even though she was never going to do that (Alexis might have, & I think it was why she got booted a round early, but Cracker would be constrained both
  10. Agree with everything you said, except that I'd say Khanh is from Australia (as well as Indonesia) since his family immigrated when he was two. I wouldn't expect Vegemite figured prominently in an immigrant family's early fare in the country, but he grew up in Australia, so he's going to know it far better than an outsider. (I'd forgotten about that challenge - that was brilliant!)
  11. Is he strict about it? I assumed it was mostly for health reasons & general preference but that on occasion he would break with it. I assume Amina couldn't eat the pork, though.
  12. I don't think they were trying to prop Reynold up, just trying to give him the nicest possible edit for his send off. I actually felt bad for him, even though I was rooting for the other two to make it to the end before the episode started. Successful emotional manipulation by the producers, I suppose. I assumed he was in trouble from the get go because of the attention on him, although Laura's early troubles raised the possibility that they were just highlighting him for suspense, to throw the scent off someone who was going to be a distant third. If they were trying to give him a boost
  13. I'd say Cracker, Blair & India were memorably bad. I will forget them, but haven't yet. You're right, though, I have already forgotten what Alexis did. I remember that it was fine but I don't remember who she did, just that she had a good quip after Cracker answered a question that had been directed to her.
  14. The end of the season is always a little frustrating because some people have gone too early & others lasted a bit too long, but I'm not going to hold it against any of those remaining. I'd prefer Laura or Emelia over Reynold, because I prefer dinner to dessert and they seem to be better all-around cooks. Although Reynold has frequently been bested in the dessert category by people like Emelia who excel at flavors. I think it's reasonable that he's in the mix & I never buy into the conspiracy theories. It did not shock me that Callum was out, as it seemed another example of sort of ove
  15. akr

    S17.E14: Finito!

    Good to know! I haven't made it, but maybe now I will!
  16. I think I've been a little unfair to Reynold - today's dessert actually did look like something I'd really like to try. In this one the presentation seemed in service of the taste & overall pleasurable nature of the dessert, rather than just for the sake of effect. I wrote earlier before watching today's episode; I'd seen the twitter updates so I knew it was all desserts, & knew what each had cooked & who had come through, so I wasn't in a hurry to watch, & I was going on how I've felt about his desserts over the last few weeks. This one, for me, wasn't style over substance but
  17. This is the first lemon tart - but he's been whining about not having lemons & therefore having to make other kinds of tarts for quite a while now. Last time he made a gin tart because there were no lemons; I don't remember what his other tart(s) were.
  18. Ok, fine, maybe I'll copy down Reese's basic pastry recipe to add to my repertoire. If I were in his neighborhood, I'd probably be happy to have a slice of his lemon tart. I like lemon tarts & I'm sure his is a good one, but that's the last I want to hear from him about tarts. How on earth he thought saffron would go well with it is beyond me. I don't watch dessert shows, so two in a row of 5 desserts & one savory dish is a slog. How about a challenge with no sugar or other sweeteners available? I'll allow fruits in their natural state, & maybe tamarind & pomegranate syru
  19. Absolutely agree. It's overwritten, but it's an attempt to understand the phenomenon, not defend it.
  20. Since I haven't tasted the dishes, I won't say the outcome was wrong - but I know I'd rather try Tessa's dish than Reynold's. I agree that you can have too many things going on in a dish for it to work, but I don't see why having the hot sauce & salsa being the lingering flavors made it not fit the brief, & the mousse that "wasn't a mousse" & was "not overly pleasant" (Jock) seemed worse to me no matter how clever the presentation may have been. Ok, great raspberry sorbet, I gather, but sorbet, chocolate pebbles, & isomalt, & dry ice or whatever it is that sends up the usua
  21. I was going to say something similar - & I liked the requirement that they do both, so nobody can continue to get by almost entirely on dessert.
  22. Or, they're pale & fine. You can barely see mine if I don't wear mascara, but they're there.
  23. akr

    S17.E14: Finito!

    Melissa's Hong Kong milk tea tiramisu recipe is up on the Food & Wine website: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hong-kong-milk-tea-tiramisu (Edit: part of this article: https://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/melissa-king-top-chef-season-17-winner-profile)
  24. I feel the same - will be happy to see any of them win - but have been rooting for Melissa from the beginning and I'm not changing just because she's turned out to be a bit of a front runner.
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