theatremouse December 28, 2019 Share December 28, 2019 6 hours ago, iMonrey said: I enjoy watching people bake things on this show but the weird thing about this competition is that it's judged on something completely irrelevant to baking. This isn't really a contest to see who is the best baker, it's a contest to see which baker can do the best job in a prescribed time. And time and speed aren't really criteria for good baking. You don't walk into a bakery, order a specialty cake and then demand it be perfect and ready in 2 and half hours. I disagree. I think part of the premise of the show is the pro-judges are saying "if you have the appropriate skills to do X, it should take you no longer than Y minutes to complete". They're not saying speed = quality. They're saying if you have the competency, the time allotted should be enough. If contestants make a mistake and have to go back, sure it'll mess up their timing of the whole thing, but part of the challenge is essentially "don't make a mistake and need to go back". The bakery analogy doesn't really work because part of the time a bakery will account for when they're saying how much time they need to make a specialty cake is not just making your one single cake order. The timing for a bakery involves making the components within the larger context of the most efficient process for everything else they're making the day you want yours ready in order to have it fully done at the time you wanted to pick it up. A bakery is never making one single cake (or order) from start to finish like one would on a competition show. But that doesn't mean there can't be some mathematical standard for "if you have this skill, you shouldn't need more time than Y". 7 Link to comment
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