There have been ways that bakers have felt the odds were intentionally stacked against them in the tent. Delish shares that some contestants think The Great British Baking Show‘s producers pair the most temperamental bakes with the worst possible weather days. Like picking a steamy, 95-degree day for an ice cream cake challenge! (via AV Club).
Speaking of ice cream, contestant Ali Imdad from Season 4 pointed out to Insider that there never seem to be enough freezers. This is a problem that certainly could be addressed, but not fixing it is sure to produce some drama. This was the case in Season 5 when, according to The Guardian, contestant Ian Watter’s Baked Alaska was removed from a crowded freezer by another contestant and never put back. It promptly melted and was thrown in the “bin.” Fans were outraged and #bingate went viral on Twitter.
Another move in recent seasons of the show that critics despise is how the Technical Challenges have changed (via The Atlantic). In early seasons they were a way to test contestants’ basic baking skills. However, they’ve now become a “meandering tour through Europe’s most arcane pastries.” Bakers are left struggling to comprehend and create competition-worthy baked goods they’ve never heard of, using techniques they’ve never tried. It seems The Great British Baking Show is abandoning the very things that once made it unique: fairness and a lack of drama.