“The Great Holiday Baking Show” Reviewed

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5 Responses

  1. jharper2 says:

    Spot on commentary. It is as though ABC hired the British producers but decided to to it on the cheap in Britain instead of committing to the show. And much as I dislike Chris Kimball, he would be an interesting choice for second judge along Mary Berry, with his fussy precision and Tucker Carlson bow tie. And if they wanted two comedians who are used to working with each other the dream casting would be Amy P and Tina F.
    If they wanted an American setting, accessible at least to American east coasters and a great back drop I would suggest the Biltmore in Asheville North Carolina.

    I was handicapped in my watching by our ABC provider having turned on the voice over narration for the visually impaired. The contrast in the two narrators was jarring.

    • jharper2 says:

      Forgot to say, the holiday theme was just too much superstructure tie-in. Just have a regular Bake-off.
      (Apparently other companies cannot use bakeoff in USA due to Pillsbury being dog-in-the-manger about the term)

    • jharper2 says:

      If they really wanted to shake things up in the judging dept and have no deference to Mary Berry, as even Paul Hollywood does, cast Martha Stewart as the second judge. Mary and Martha even as an old fashion ring to it. That pair would have the bakers quaking and maybe provide some sparks.

    • watson42 says:

      Chris Kimball is an interesting choice, and one that would probably provide good counterpoint to Mary.

      I was completely surprised they filmed this in the UK. Wtf? I like that the contestants go home during the week, practice and work out ideas, and bring in ingredients or gadgets from home. Also, I am guessing it would be difficult for an American to cook in a UK kitchen – the ovens etc aren’t in F, ingredients are different in the two countries so even doing a tried-and-true recipe could come out different.

  2. Peter Howard says:

    You may need to check your facts a bit more. One of the contestants was from Northern Virginia and not Southern Virginia. Also, she did not have a New York accent – having been born in Virginia.