sum December 2, 2015 Share December 2, 2015 (edited) The British show specifically does not use professional bakers. They are all amateurs and are not culinary students either. I would find it extremely hard to believe that these contestants were ex-pats. So they faked all their backstories? +1 The other thing that is a clear problem is that the UK production did not realize that they gave technical challenges on baking items that are not familiar to Americans. I heard a lot of echoes of my question 'what is a brandy snap?' Look it up on wiki and the US is not listed as a place where its popular. Its UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc. I was literally wondering through the whole challenge how you can bake something you've never seen with only partial instructions. Either the one baker that had heard of it helped off camera or the recipe got supplemented with a picture off camera. Except it's a pretty normal occurrence in UK shows as well. Paul and Mary often bring up some very exotic challenges that none of contestants have ever heard of or have an idea how to pronounce its name. As mentioned by others, I think 6 is just too few and 4 episodes(only 40 mins shows) is too short to create the atmosphere and get familiar with everything including the contestants. On the plus side the two judges seem to have good enough chemistry from the get go and I didn't mind the hosts. One more, I was surprised there was no product placements. The British show can't do it as it's on BBC. Australian one seems to do so. They shows the actual package of flour, butter and milk with logos on them. Not complaining, obviously. Edited December 2, 2015 by sum 1 Link to comment
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