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#1 Party of 5

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:27 AM

What you you think of the adds for The Great Australian Bake Off? Think they could of got better hosts and judges.

#2 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

I think it's yet another ho-hum cooking reality show.  Not particularly drawn to it.

Have no idea who the hosts are.


#3 CountryFeral

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:53 AM

I was waiting for it to turn up - 'The Great British Bake Off' has been highly successful in the UK.



#4 jossy

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

I know one of the contestants in the show, I can't wait to see him in action!  He is very talented and his creations are gorgeous.

I'm on the fence about the hosts but I think the judges are perfect.  Both Kerry Vincent and Dan Lepard are huge in the industry and very well respected.  Kerry does a lot of tv in the US and Dan (Australian born but based in the UK) was originally supposed to be a judge on the original UK series but they decided to go with someone British.  I'm a fan of Paul Hollywood too (the UK judge they went with) but I'm pleased Dan is getting his chance now.  

The British series is insanely successful and I hope the show has the same success here.  The put out fabulous cookbooks with each series and I bake from each of them.  Dan Lepard's scone recipe is awesome too.  I can't wait for the show to start although Anna Gare (the female host) irritates me on every show she's on...

#5 Tea-snob

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

I loved the UK show, but it had great judges who were polite and friendly while still providing a good critique, and the show wasn't like other 'reality' shows where they make it more about the personalities of the contestants.

I have seen one ad for the Australian version and have already decided to avoid it.

#6 FeralFemboside

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:57 AM

The British original is fantastic for the following reasons:

- really entertaining hosts: comics who have worked together long term and have great rapport
- fantastic judges who are honest and tough without being mean
- informative entertaining segments about the history of whatever baked item is being cooked eg Cornish Pastie
- no manufactured drama (eg 24 hour challenges, team challenges) the show believes that there is inherent drama in baking and nothing else is needed
- good combination of challenge formats: contestants bake their own version of a quiche vs follow this recipe for Victoria Sponge. All follow-recipe challenges judged blind!
- supplied recipe challenges are incomplete so contestants need to have good general knowledge to know things like cooking times and temperatures. They aren't spoon-fed
- well cast diverse contestants who are there for skill rather than looks, famewhoredom, or potential for antagonistic drama
- all eliminations done by judges, no contestant voting. And elimination based on combination of success over two challenges - so less chance of being dumped based on one bad incident

I honestly doubt that these aspects which make the the British version so enjoyable IMO will be transferred. But I'll give it a go.

#7 cward

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

QUOTE
The British original is fantastic for the following reasons:

- really entertaining hosts: comics who have worked together long term and have great rapport
- fantastic judges who are honest and tough without being mean
- informative entertaining segments about the history of whatever baked item is being cooked eg Cornish Pastie
- no manufactured drama (eg 24 hour challenges, team challenges) the show believes that there is inherent drama in baking and nothing else is needed
- good combination of challenge formats: contestants bake their own version of a quiche vs follow this recipe for Victoria Sponge. All follow-recipe challenges judged blind!
- supplied recipe challenges are incomplete so contestants need to have good general knowledge to know things like cooking times and temperatures. They aren't spoon-fed
- well cast diverse contestants who are there for skill rather than looks, famewhoredom, or potential for antagonistic drama
- all eliminations done by judges, no contestant voting. And elimination based on combination of success over two challenges - so less chance of being dumped based on one bad incident


Totally agree with this.  I love the British version, but the I love the British version of Masterchef and have never watched a series here because of the differences.

I'll watch it but as usual I think the Brit's will outdo us!


Edited by cward, 27 February 2013 - 11:13 AM.


#8 tibs

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

I was mildly interested until a PP mentioned Anna Gare  nno2.gif  I might be able to get past that but it will have to be good.  Anyone know when it starts?

#9 Cath-In-SA

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

QUOTE (tibs @ 27/02/2013, 11:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was mildly interested until a PP mentioned Anna Gare  nno2.gif  I might be able to get past that but it will have to be good.  Anyone know when it starts?

Same.  The woman's dimples annoy me for some reason.  There isn't even anything she can do about that  ddoh.gif

I have a connection to one of the contestants so will probably watch it.

#10 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE (Tea-snob @ 27/02/2013, 10:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have seen one ad for the Australian version and have already decided to avoid it.

saw one ad tonight.  It's enough to put me off.

#11 Party of 5

Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:35 AM

QUOTE (tibs @ 27/02/2013, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was mildly interested until a PP mentioned Anna Gare  nno2.gif  I might be able to get past that but it will have to be good.  Anyone know when it starts?


She is the reason why I could not watch Junior MasterChef, she not funny at all!

#12 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:00 PM

It is probably one of the only cooking shows I wouldn't mind getting into.  I love baking though so I will be watching to see what and how they create what they did.

#13 Rangeman

Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

I've watched both the New Zealand one & the UK version and really enjoyed them both but as PP have said the critisism was constructive & not nastily toned, lets hope the Aussie one daies the same.  I have only seen Anna Gare on "The Best In Australia" and didn't mind her in that but can't comment on the other shows.

#14 all-of-us

Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:37 AM

Where do you get to see the British show?

#15 Purescapevalley

Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:39 AM

Foxtel - lifestyle food channel

#16 greengoddess

Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:00 AM

Please don't let them ruin this show too! sad.gif I am obsessed with the Great British Bake-Off (Brendan woz robbed. Robbed, I tell ya!). Mary and Paul are perfect judges - kind, friendly, encouraging plus the sexual tension is just palpable  wink.gif

We've just wrapped up the Great British Sewing Bee, which was also delightful.

I am so worried they'll screw this one up...

#17 Tarantara

Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:51 PM

Starts tonight!

I'm very interested to see this, as I've enjoyed the British one, and my cousin is on this one so I've got someone to barrack for original.gif

#18 tibs

Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for the reminder Jillian_10  biggrin.gif

#19 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:09 PM

I despise cooking shows but I know one of the contestants so interested a bit, I like baking better too.

#20 TinyTeddys

Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:11 PM

Watching now!

#21 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:28 PM

You can already buy the book in BigW

#22 overthehill

Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:50 PM

I don't think it's as polished as the British version but I quite enjoyed it. I recognised Maria from somewhere I wonder if she's been on a cooking show before?

#23 Ice Queen

Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:54 PM

2 words.....

Ganaaaarche
and
Crumb

laugh.gif

#24 MrsDamonSalvatore

Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:03 PM

I watched half of it and will have to watch in line to see the rest, but I was quite proud of myself cause I have made a checkerboard cake before. Not as fancy as those ones, but I still thought my version was pretty impressive wink.gif

The woman judge irritates me for some reason.

#25 overthehill

Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:11 PM

Yes she is very annoying, in fact none of the presenters struck a chord with me.




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