TV Review: '...Bake Off Finale'

The result has caused controversy

Sophie Hicks
14th November 2018
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The Great British Bake Off is now over for the year and the finale has once again caused quite the stir.

The finalists, Kim-Joy, Rahul, and Ruby had one of the strangest challenges to ever occur on the show. Firstly, they were asked to make donuts, which is very odd as this seems to be quite simple for bakers on one of the most watched shows in the UK. However, what really caused the controversy was the technical challenge, which was to make pitta breads using an open fire. Not only is this an unusual task, but technically is not even baking. The definition of baking is to ‘cook by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven’. Clearly, cooking pitta bread directly on an open fire is NOT baking, so why was it featured on The Great British Bake Off?

The finale showstopper was to make a landscape dessert. Rahul had an eventful start when his glass container literally exploded from the heat in the tent, so he had to re-start everything he made. Thankfully, they gave him the time he lost due to the incident, but it must have been awful for the baker to have all cameras on him when he was last to finish. Honestly, I was underwhelmed with the showstoppers and found them quite underwhelming for the final piece. Despite Rahul’s piece literally looking like a swamp, he was declared the winner due to his flavours. As a fan of Kim-Joy, I was quite disappointed because she was in the line to win until her showstopper, and many went online to complain about the final result.

Overall, there was so much division over which fan-favourite would win, I don’t think there could have been a result where the masses were happy.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Former TV Sub-Editor for The Courier and BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies graduate

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