Great British Bake Off - Netflix Collection 8 - season thread *spoilers*

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  1. Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

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    I saw the kids, too, and figured that he didn’t have anyone to watch them so he was allowed to keep them there. 20 kids is certainly interesting. I presume they have daycare for them, which is impressive and probably expensive.

    The amount of money they are spending for the bubble must be a lot. The fact that they are willing to spend it implies serious bucks generated for the show.
     
  2. Agatha Mystery

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    Yeah I don’t go to the subreddit for that reason.
     
  3. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista TCF Club

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    Well the fact that the winner doesn't actually win anything other than the plate, they save over all the other competition shows out there. :D
     
  4. Agatha Mystery

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    They probably receive payment for being on the show.
     
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    lambertman Chris Lambert, man

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    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

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    These things are not in conflict though.

    Just because they don't get a cash prize doesn't mean that they don't get compensated for being on the show.

    I'd be surprised if there is ANY show where they can have you appear in episodes as a "cast member" and flat out not pay you at all.
     
  7. markb

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    Yeah, even the losers on reality TV shows typically get paid for their time! (The unions might have something to do with that. "Hey, if you're not going to hire actors, you better at least pay your talent the same wages!")
     
  8. Agatha Mystery

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    Oh, I didn't think they were in conflict. I figured they got paid. My point is that they had to spend more money this season than in previous years, so they are obviously foregoing some of their profits in order to maintain the bubble.
     
  9. Agatha Mystery

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    Linda got sent home. She struggled a lot this episode. She couldn't make eclairs (and they always make eclairs on the show - anyone applying to the show should have that one down). Her 'cage' also did her in.

    Speaking of the cages - what weirdness was that? I've seen them do the isomalt thing, which is much stronger, but obviously technically difficult to work with. Doing it with pastry and asking it not to be too thick is a bit much.

    Given how Laura has been baking, I was surprised that she got star baker. I expected Peter would get it. The look of his pastry cage was amazing.
     
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  10. verdugan

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    Ironic considering she said that baking was her jam at the beginning of the episode.
    They tried to build suspense as to who was going, but it was obvious it was going to be her.
     
  11. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it.

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    Even if her cage had baked perfectly, it was awfully ugly and clumsy compared to most of her competitors.
     
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  12. Agatha Mystery

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    So Mark and Lottie made burgers in their steamed japanese buns. Interesting that Paul just told them to leave out the pickles (gherkins - with a Welsh accent). That could affect the overall moisture inside the bun.

    I thought the steamed buns were cute. I expected Peter's black sheep to get a comment.

    In the end, Mark went home. I figured Laura would, but her kawaii cake looked really cute (upside down pineapple).

    While I enjoyed the episode, it stoked a lot of controversy across the pond. Brits felt that Matt Lucas was too smutty ("Pregasm" over a chocolate cake, and stroking dough so that it would rise during proofing), and that Japanese week was racist. The complaints about racism had to do with pandas (they're Chinese), or non-Japanese fillings (hamburgers, chinese style). I just kept thinking Kim Joy would have loved that week.
     
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    I cringed when I saw Lottie kneading the ground beef. That's how you make a tough burger!
     
  14. Agatha Mystery

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    So Lottie went home for her ice cream cake. With the weather being bad, she needed to figure out how to change things up and didn’t have a plan. Putting cake on the outside made the most sense but I don’t think she had that option since all of their ingredients were already chosen and brought to the tent.
     
  15. laria

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    Peter's meringue outer layer seemed to work well, too, and something she might have been able to do with what was already in the tent. Having an outer layer of ice cream was just a bad idea, though. Obviously they can't predict the weather, but they know what season it is. Don't tempt fate when you already know you're making an ice cream cake in the middle of summer!

    I wasn't really the biggest fan of this week. There wasn't much actual "baking".
     
  16. Agatha Mystery

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    So dessert week.

    Cheesecakes sound great. Only one set of them looked good, from a precision standpoint. I’m surprised that they didn’t hit Laura harder on the look of hers. It must have tasted really good.

    The technical sounded awful. A whole lemon? Blurgh. No one did well with that one.

    Jelly cakes. Doing jelly art is amazing. When done previously, it was freehand with a needle. These needle tips that create a specific flower petal shape is interesting. I was terrified that they were all going to have to free hand.

    Peter managed to hang on by the skin of his teeth this episode. His jelly cake tasted good, which helped the fact that his jelly top wasn’t a solid jelly. Good concept but just failed in execution.

    I half expected Laura to win this one as her cheesecakes did better than Hermine’s. But Hermine won. Her flower looked great and it must have tasted better than Laura’s. It was a much more finished object but that isn’t too surprising. Laura is always a bit messy.
     
  17. jr461

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    I'm rooting for Hermine. Her baking speaks for itself but I just love her personality.
     
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  18. laria

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    I like Peter
     
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  19. Agatha Mystery

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    I like Peter as well.

    You can tell that hardly any of them knew what a cornucopia looks like. All American school children know that shape quite well, especially this time of year. Dave’s interpretation was quite funny.

    It made me happy that Peter got star baker this week. He really rocked it. He got a handshake and went above and beyond with 3 different cube cakes. Paul made me go “oh no” when he tried Peter’s 3rd cake flavor with his comment that it wasn’t as good as the others. Such a time to pull a prank. I’m glad it was okay.

    Poor Hermine. I think she was overthinking things too much this week and put too much pressure on herself because it was patisserie week and she excels at that style of baking. It didn’t surprise me that she was going home over Laura.

    Laura struggled with look but her food was good which is always important. While Hermine’s show stopper looked better than Laura’s, the flavor of Laura’s made all the difference.

    Dave’s show stopper looked amazing. They reminded me of petit fours. Serious perfection. I was worried about his caramel after his first batch and the batch from the day before just didn’t go well.
     
  20. markb

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    I was a little surprised that Hermine was eliminated. After the showstopper, it became a little more of a tossup, I guess, but Laura's showstopper looked like a disaster, and that seems like an important factor during patisserie week. But I suppose taste is always king! On the other hand, looking over the whole season, I think Laura is the lesser baker.
     
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