It's the most wonderful time of the year again! Tonight the Great British Bake Off will return to our screens for its 10th season.
At 8pm tonight on Channel 4, 13 bakers will assemble to take on Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood's first set of challenges, which revolve around cake. At the end of the episode, one of the bakers will be sent home, with the remaining 12 left to battle their way to the top over the next few weeks.
The show, which is produced by Love Productions, first aired on the BBC with Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc at the helm. In 2016, Love Productions announced a contractual change that saw the show move to Channel 4 from 2017. Paul was the only team member to stick with Bake Off, which caused worry amongst fans, but since being joined by Prue, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, the show has continued to please audiences, with an around 7.5 million people reported to have tuned into last year's finale.
This year's batch of contestants, which include a student, a health advisor, a geography teacher and more, are the youngest group ever, with half only in their 20s. Tonight's cake-themed opening episode will see the contestants tackle a classic fruit cake in the signature round, followed by a complicated mystery challenge in the technical round. The first showstopper of the season will see the bakers create the birthday cake they wish they'd had as children.
After several years of overly-complicated technical challenges, Paul Hollywood has confirmed that the competition will tone down the theatrics this year, allowing for a more accessible technical round.
"I thought sometimes we’ve been running away with some of the challenges being too difficult. On series one, people could approach them and make them and want to enjoy making them. But if you make them too difficult people will [say] not interested [and] I was with you right up until that point and then you’ve lost me."
Over the next two months, the bakers will be whittled down from 13 to just one. The winning baker will receive a bunch of flowers and a cake stand as a prize, unlike other reality shows that offer cash prizes or book deals to their winners. However, a variety of endorsement deals are usually offered to the winner after the show airs. Previous winners have gone on to write cookbooks, open bakeries and perform cookery demos around the UK and Ireland. Arguably the show's most successful winner, 2015's Nadiya Hussain has hosted several cookery shows, written cookbooks and children's fiction, as well as making the Queen's 90th birthday cake!
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