Jump to content
Forums forums
PRIMETIMER
SilverStormm

Bake Off: The Professionals

Recommended Posts

Anyone watching this season. There is a couple very talented teams and they've changed up the format a bit. Enjoying it! 

Share this post


Link to post

I watched the very first season (which feels like ages ago). When I saw that S3 had started, I decided to start watching again but I told myself that if I suddenly remembered why I stopped watching this show, I didn't have to finish the season). So far, I'm enjoying it, especially right now when there aren't any current bake off shows airing.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Ugh, one of my hugest complaints on cooking shows is when people are ignorant about fairly common ingredients. I've seen judges on various baking shows exclaim about how original unicorn cakes or using yuzu are when they've been mainstream for years, and it's really annoying that people are so clueless about things that are exceedingly popular and common. I mean, seriously, if it's already been on pinterest for like five years, you should know about it. This week it was Andrew and Ian saying that matcha is not a common ingredient and it's an acquired taste.

Matcha has been a huge trend in baking for several years now. There are bakeries and dessert shops that specialize in matcha (yes, outside of Asia).  Most of the gelato and ice cream shops near me have matcha flavored ice cream/gelato.

It's not like it's 1950 and you live in some podunk small town without the internet or television. It's 2020. Matcha has been all over instagram for years. I've seen matcha desserts at the grocery store bakery next to cupcakes and cake pops.

I am not a super foodie person who follows food trends and even I know that matcha is everywhere. If you're a baking professional, you should know this before I do. And no, matcha is not an acquired taste. If you don't like it, you can keep using it in the hopes that you'll end up liking it but in general it's not an acquired taste.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
On 6/11/2020 at 6:39 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

Ugh, one of my hugest complaints on cooking shows is when people are ignorant about fairly common ingredients. I've seen judges on various baking shows exclaim about how original unicorn cakes or using yuzu are when they've been mainstream for years, and it's really annoying that people are so clueless about things that are exceedingly popular and common. I mean, seriously, if it's already been on pinterest for like five years, you should know about it.

Ha! I was sure you were ranting about the gianduja, and I was going to feel dumb, cuz I had never heard of it! But yeah, matcha is so commonplace at this point that it didn't even occur to me you would be ranting about that! It's been all over the cookery shows for years. 

The gianduja was a new one on me. But then as they went on about it, I was like, um, is that Nutella?! At least now I don't think Nutella invented it. 

Everybody kind of stuffed up this episode. The judges rightly let them have it. I am glad stolid Domenico was not eliminated. He cracks me up. I wonder if these first three episodes were filmed in one week. The chefs looked quite weary.  

  • Useful 1
  • Laugh 1

Share this post


Link to post

I was just finally getting a feel for these teams and now we're getting new ones!

On 6/12/2020 at 7:37 AM, TVbitch said:

Everybody kind of stuffed up this episode. The judges rightly let them have it.

I agree. This round was not about who was the best. It was about who fucked up the least. Everyone made pretty big mistakes.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

Methylcellulose is a laxative. They use a laxative to make their meringue?! Remind me not to eat at their restaurant!

Share this post


Link to post

Finally finished the season. Either the quality of the teams is not what it used to be, or they need to give them more time, cuz there were so many unfinished or sloppy bakes this year. I watch to see the wonderful creations, not too see people crying cuz they are unable to do their best in the alotted time! Still, an enjoyable show. I like the judges, but the hosts not so much. I still don't know what Liam is doing there! : D 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Forgot there was already a thread for this. (Started by me, no less!). : D But in my defense, the search function for Primetimer is truly abysmal! 

Anyway, looks like they have a good crop of teams this year. Some of those desserts looked downright scrumptious!

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

Not a fan of the two hosts but I like the judges and the bakes do look scrummy! I can’t remember any of the bakers’ names except Julien and Elise but one team represents St. Ermin’s Hotel. I don’t think the SEH team will win but I am kind of rooting for them with fond nostalgia. We stayed at that hotel on my first trip to London in 1996 and thoroughly enjoyed it (and enjoyed their fab afternoon tea!) 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, Spunkygal said:

Not a fan of the two hosts but I like the judges and the bakes do look scrummy!  

I don't mind the hosts but I am not a fan of the judges! Cherish especially bugs me but they both try to be so over the top in their reactions, they seem like caricatures.

Share this post


Link to post

I cringe every time one of the teams picks up a large show piece to move to the display table. I expect disaster. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

On 6/10/2021 at 9:30 AM, khyber said:

I cringe every time one of the teams picks up a large show piece to move to the display table. I expect disaster. 

If this were on FN, there would definitely be a disaster. That channel requires that kind of BS!

It was definitely St. Ermin’s time to go. Not only was their robot showstopper not very artistic, but the candy didn’t sound very tasty. In the first round, I can’t imagine grapefruit and chocolate pairing well. I adore grapefruit but don’t think I’d like it with chocolate. We have an amazing local chocolatier so guess I’ll take one for the team and see if she offers that pairing! 😉

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I can't believe they got a fun theme like heroes and villains and nobody really did much with it! I was flummoxed by grapefruit and chocolate too, but citrus and chocolate is paired a lot, so who knows? 

Share this post


Link to post

I like the new “batch” of bakers (pun intended) but especially George and Geanina who are so cute together and so in love! And on a shallow note, Kieran is a cutie. Tom and Liam are definitely not growing on me and really continue to be more annoying than Noel and Matt on GBBO. Wow, the challenge in round 2 of episode 5 was a toughie. I love eclairs and am usually pretty traditional when it comes to custard fillings but would happily eat any of those. Benoit’s facial expressions are hilarious. Did I mention that Tom and Liam are annoying? 

Edited by Spunkygal
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Ugh, Tom and Liam. Their ungodly inane bits are not funny, not clever, not remotely entertaining, not anything but a stupid waste of time that takes away from the bakers. At least Tom can sometimes be quick-witted when he's just chatting off the cuff with the bakers. Liam adds absolutely nothing to the show, AND seems awkward doing it! I can't remember if they always only had two groups of bakers. I thought they used to have three. Seems like a short season, but maybe that's a COVID thing. 

I was cracking up at those gigantic "carrots" that looked like fish. Has that team never seen a carrot before?!

I think finals week will be pretty competitive

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
43 minutes ago, TVbitch said:

Ugh, Tom and Liam. Their ungodly inane bits are not funny, not clever, not remotely entertaining, not anything but a stupid waste of time that takes away from the bakers. At least Tom can sometimes be quick-witted when he's just chatting off the cuff with the bakers. Liam adds absolutely nothing to the show, AND seems awkward doing it! I can't remember if they always only had two groups of bakers. I thought they used to have three. Seems like a short season, but maybe that's a COVID thing. 

I was cracking up at those gigantic "carrots" that looked like fish. Has that team never seen a carrot before?!

I think finals week will be pretty competitive

I agree and meant to add that I have been a lifelong lover of British humor and don’t think that my irritation at Tom and Liam is because I don’t “get” humor from across the pond. In fact, my local PBS station was the very first in the US to air Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1974. (Very groundbreaking for north Texas at that time!) My sister and I were glued to the show every Sunday night and giggled our butts off. No one else in my school was watching it so we felt like we had discovered comedy gold! 

After Benoit said that the carrots looked like fish, I then saw my neighbors’ koi fish on that table! Ha! That team made their own mold but other teams used ready-made molds. And did no one add a green stem? I don’t recall one. Really, professionals should be able to execute a carrot! But ooh la la, the flavors! Yum!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I hate, HATE being scared so the popping up to purposely scare people pissed me off. Hmm, I can’t remember, have I mentioned how annoying Tom and Liam are? 😒 The right team went home. That truffle with no creamy filling, only powdery ingredients, sounded terrible. I continue to adore George and Geanina. The brothers are a strong, talented team. Can’t wait to see the 6 final teams. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

The sugar elephant was impressive.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post

That married team is the only one that seems to be having a good time! 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
6 hours ago, TVbitch said:

That married team is the only one that seems to be having a good time! 

I love them so much! I was really worried about them, but pleased they ended up with third place this week.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Duck and lavender in a brioche? Am I misremembering this? What a horrendous combination. IMO, brioche is perfect on its own. It needs no flavor addition. Just enjoy its buttery goodness. Don’t laugh but the couple of times a year that I grill burgers, I buy a package of Walmart’s brioche buns! They’re always so fresh and I very lightly toast the insides to create a protective barrier so the mustard and mayo don’t seep into the delicate bun and disintegrate it. I will never buy a regular hamburger bun again. 

I would eat the heck out of that puff pastry thing that was also in round 1–whatever it is called. I continue to get a kick out of George and Geanina. They are so supportive of each other and just so dang cute. I hope they win. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, Spunkygal said:

Duck and lavender in a brioche? Am I misremembering this? What a horrendous combination. IMO, brioche is perfect on its own. It needs no flavor addition. Just enjoy its buttery goodness. 

I would eat the heck out of that puff pastry thing that was also in round 1–whatever it is called. I continue to get a kick out of George and Geanina. They are so supportive of each other and just so dang cute. I hope they win. 

Brioche is perfect on its own, but you can't serve it to Benoit and Cherish!

Pithiviers do look delicious, although I would prefer a filling other than almond. I thought it was interesting that the voiceover said that doing rough-puff was a better option given the timing. If I were competing, I think I'd be afraid not to do full puff.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Impressed with how well Gin & Bake is doing, I really didn't think they would last long in the finals. Thrilled that Geanina and George got 2nd this week!

Share this post


Link to post

Noooooooooooo! I'm so sad, but it was probably the right choice. I will miss hearing Geanina calling him "Georgie" and their always-positive attitudes.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

No, no, no, no, no! 😢 The wrong team went home! I’m going to pout the rest of the day.

I enjoyed both rounds and especially enjoyed the teddy bear picnic theme. I have never heard that song before. But they were too harsh on George (the real teddy bear) and Geanina. That guy team should have gone. I’m rooting for Julien and Elise or Kevin and Marie Vittoria now. If G & G ever do have children, I can imagine they will be the most loving parents. 🥰 They are darling. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

I wanted to eat a lot of those petit fours. 

I did not know "Teddy Bear Picnic" was a thing, either. Usually at this stage they do the one where they splash stuff all over the table as an edible artwork. 

Share this post


Link to post

I won’t spoil the finale for those who haven’t watched yet. But I was surprised at who won. Everything that all 3 teams made in both rounds looked delectable. I especially loved the hats in the first round. So clever! I enjoyed the videos with their loved ones and must say that Julien’s wife and kids are so gorgeous! I would love to have seen what “my teddy bear couple” George and Geanina would have done. At one point, Kevin had to practically kick dumbassTom out of the way so he could continue working. Grrr, for the millionth time, I can’t stand those co-hosts. Congrats to the winner but I thought it would be one of the other two teams. Thanks again to @TVbitch for telling me about this show! Can’t wait to see when Masterchef The Professionals will be available! 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...

Customize font-size