The Great British Bake-Off: Why we love it so much
Friday, 9 October 2015 | Georgina@thevanillavalley
So another series of The Great British Bake-Off has come to an end, and viewers will have to wait another full year until they get their next fix of Mary Berry's disapproving gaze, Mel & Sue's wit and innuendo and endless close-ups of mouth watering pastries
Nadiya was declared this year's champion, thanks to her themed "My Big Fat British Wedding Cake". Her bakes have captured the imagination of the judges, and her victory has seen the British viewing public taking her into their heart (we're nice like that)
So why does the Great British Bake-Off continue to be so beloved by people across the country? Why was the finale the most watched television event of the year?
It's just so friendly
We love the good spirit and good humour of show. Unlike other 'reality' TV shows, where competition usually comes hand in hand with sniping, back-stabbing and big personalities, Bake-Off has an optimistic tone which makes it hard to resist. Likewise, the judges feedback is always considered and honest, but never personal or brutal.
Mel and Sue
Mel and Sue are the heart and soul of the show, offering witticisms, brilliant cake related puns and moral support whenever it looks like one of the bakers has a culinary mess on their hands.
The Great British Outdoors
Unlike other reality television shows, which usually take place studios or boardrooms, viewers of Bake Off are treated to beautiful, panoramic shots of the British countryside. Not to mention it's the only competition to take place in a tent.
The cakes, the cakes, the cakes
Five years ago, would you have believed that millions of people would be glued to their television screens, enthralled by a baking competition? The show not only offers us tantalising glimpses of a wide range of cakes, meringues, breads, pies, it also makes us notice the importance of artistry in baking. Perhaps most importantly, it's arguably inspired a British baking renaissance, with cake-making returning as national past time in a big way.