Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith Were Especially Cruel in ‘The Great British Baking Show’ “Patisserie Week”

I do know I’m not the primary particular person to name out The Great British Baking Show judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith for his or her merciless Technical Challenges or imply critiques, however the pair was significantly pernicious throughout “Patisserie Week.” The semi-finals of any Great British Baking Show season is hard, however this season felt bizarrely torturous. The “vertical pastry” Technical Challenge was extra of a riddle than baking transient and Paul and Prue’s unusual choice to speak smack concerning the bakers whereas they had been nonetheless baking bordered on bullying.

Since when do Paul and Prue supply aspect commentary like Statler and Waldorf? And what was with that tough Technical designed to journey up the bakers? There’s no different approach to slice it, however Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith had been particularly merciless and catty throughout The Great British Baking Show “Patisserie Week.”

Netflix’s The Great British Baking Show has had one thing of a tough 12 months. The bakers are nonetheless ambassadors of all that’s good, candy, and inspiring about humanity. It’s the remainder of the present that appears to have misplaced its purity of goal. We’ve seen week after week of baffling challenges, Paul actually displaying favoritism to sure bakers, and now we now have the madness that was Paul and Prue’s “peanut gallery.”

Paul and Prue judging the bakers in 'The Great British Baking Show' "Patisserie Week"
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What do I imply by that? Well, often Paul and Prue will circle across the tent whereas the bakers are engaged on their Signature and Showstopper Challenges. They’ll get an thought of the bakers’ plans, supply commentary that factors out potential hindrances, however no options. They want everybody luck and then stand on the sidelines. This week, nevertheless, they perched themselves in the tent and devoted two entire segments to providing extremely biased commentary on what the remaining bakers — Abdul, Janusz, Sandro, and Syabira — had been doing. It was bizarre! To watch Paul and Prue had been gossiping concerning the bakers as they had been baking made me really feel like they’d already made up their minds about who was Star Baker and who was going dwelling.

Weirdly, the present confirmed that. Look, I’ve sat via many, many hours of The Great British Baking Show. I keep in mind when it was on PBS and then Prime Video. I used to be greatest buddies — in my creativeness — with Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. I can nonetheless recall the style of strawberries. (No wait, that final half is from The Lord of the Rings). My level is I’ve watched a number of Bake Off and I can’t ever recall an episode the place the judges simply appeared to select the winners and losers earlier than the Showstopper Challenge even started. But that occurred this week.

Before each Showstopper Challenge, the hosts ask the judges which bakers are doing nicely and which may very well be in hassle. This is regular. What’s not regular is that Paul and Prue appeared already fairly rattling positive that Abdul and Syabira can be on high and Janusz and Sandro on the underside. Noel tried to avoid wasting face with the nice previous line,  “So it all comes down to the Showstopper,” however Paul and Prue weren’t truly suggesting that. They had been actually like, “Well, Star Baker is between Adbul and Syabira, and we’ll just flip a coin for who’s going home.”

Vertical tart in 'The Great British Baking Show' "Patisserie Week"
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Maybe the bakers this 12 months really are that predictable, however the sanctity of The Great British Baking Show is tied to what Syabira says each episode: each week is a clean slate. Every problem is a clean slate! Just this season we’ve watched struggling bakers save their skins with a superb Showstopper. (I’m taking a look at you, Dawn!) So what provides? Are Paul and Prue over their gigs?

Seriously, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith appear concurrently as disinterested in encouraging the bakers to be taught as they’re obsessive about torturous Technicals that make no sense. I suppose I ought to be grateful that Prue didn’t ask the bakers to make do-it-yourself toaster strudels for his or her patisserie problem, however the vertical tart was much less about baking method and extra about who may make sense of the Mensa-esque directions. Is this an structure competitors? A logic puzzle struggle? Or The Great British Baking Show? 

Between their snarky aspect feedback, trolling Technical Challenge, and clear favoritism, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith would possibly want an intervention earlier than subsequent season of The Great British Baking Show. I’ve no religion that they in some way course corrected their terrible habits in time for subsequent week’s finale.

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