This show takes the GBBO franchise to another level with professionals whipping up high-end masterpieces rather than the homely classics churned out by British amateur bakers that fans love. It really takes us into another world with many French pastries and towering showstoppers which we can only dream of. The level of expertise, knowledge and craftsmanship is astounding!
However, I think that the show lacks in character and charisma from the judges and Season 2 host. The judges are very strict and harsh critics, pointing out every tiny flaw, and contrast against the light-hearted flair of Paul and Mary. Cherish is particularly brutal at times when she pulls out her ruler and scale to measure and weigh finished pieces! Nonetheless, it is still an intriguing show and one I am eager to continue watching!
This rebranded "Bake Off Creme de le Creme" has an almost identical structure and is equally, if not more satisfying, than its predecessor. Lots of exciting tasks, great critics from the judges and interesting designs help to give the show a modern feel and gives you enough patisserie information to help you understand all the baking lingo.
For this season, the bakers work as duos (rather than teams of three) which definitely helps us get to know all the contestants better and root for your favourite chefs. The new hosts come across as likeable and genuine whilst also being much more amusing than previous hosts. There are new mystery tasks every third week (similar to the GBBO technical challenges) to accomplish too, which really push the professional chefs' skills. It's certainly a tense watch as the chefs dash around to create precision pieces in the time limit!