If you have Netflix, we have a TV tip for you: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW! It’s one of the smartest, funnest, most informative cooking competition programs we’ve seen in a while. It’s really been the highlight of our winter streaming experience so far!
A lovable group of amateur (but very knowledgeable) bakers all meet in a big white tent for ten weekends in a row and compete in three bake-offs each week with one cook eliminated every week. Somehow this show manages to avoid all the silly, trumped up melodrama of so many recent cooking shows. Yet it manages to be totally entertaining, AND you really learn a lot: not only about baking techniques but also about the interesting differences between American and British baking tastes and nomenclature.
The judges are Mary Berry, the grande dame of British baking, and Paul Hollywood, a British celebrity chef and quite a taskmaster. The contestants are a terrific bunch that vary wildly in age and experience.
We guarantee you’ll learn to love them all—and you’ll get plenty of inspiration. Give it a look.
Alan and Karen