Didn't find a thread on my new favorite cooking show. Does anyone else watch this?
It is as FAR from American competition shows as east is from west. They started with 12 home bakers in Great Britain. The competition is set in a tent sent up on an English estate. Each episode requires the bakers to compete in three competitions. They know in advance what they are to make in the first segment (bread, dessert, etc.), and are able to practice at home before the episode is filmed. The second part is comprised of them being given a recipe for something fairly obscure, and they all have to follow the instructions to see who creates the best finished product. The third portion is called "Showstopper" . . . and it never fails to blow me away to see what these folks create.
There are two judges, both of whom are honest, but polite. There are two "announcers" whom the contestants adore (as do I). At the end of each episode, one baker is declared the Star Baker, and one contestant is eliminated. But it's all done with no fake drama, no swearing (looking at you, Gordon Ramsey), and hugs all around for the person going home.
At the end of each episode, I find myself impressed, craving sweets, and smiling.