Great British Bake Off episode 2 2020 – Biscuit Week: It’s Biscuit Week and the bakers make a sophisticated fruit, nut and chocolate combination for the signature, produce two tropical technicals, and create an elaborate table setting showstopper.
In the Great British Bake Off bubble as the jolly contestants rise to the challenges of their new way of working. Good for them, as we can all find comfort in their little green corner of England, sealed off from the rest of the world as it battles against a pandemic while the gang get on with baking.
New host Matt Lucas, who replaced Sandi Toksvig, gets his feet under the table as the amateurs face a sophisticated chocolatey, fruity and nutty signature challenge, a tropical-themed technical and, finally, a mighty showstopper – a table setting made entirely of biscuit.
Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding present Biscuit Week. The Signature challenge involves a sophisticated combination of fruit, nut and chocolate, and the bakers must then produce two takes on a tropical Technical. For the Showstopper round, they are challenged to create an elaborate table setting made entirely from biscuits, before judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decide who will be crowned Star Baker and who will be leaving the contest this week.
Great British Bake Off episode 2 2020 – Biscuit Week
Bake Off in the time of a global pandemic is very different behind the scenes as the 12 contestants, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas leave behind their loved ones to enter their own bubble.
But this sacrifice means that on-screen, fans will be relieved to learn, all is as familiar and comfortable as a well-loved bobble hat. The opening episode is a corker, with a bunch of good-natured, self-deprecating and often brilliant amateurs and the funniest round I can ever recall. It’s the showstopper and it’s hilarious. A fondant Freddie Mercury, anyone?
First up in Cake Week is a Battenberg signature challenge. As new boy and Sandi Toksvig replacement Lucas settles in (very well, actually) there is raw dough, a classic technical challenge, and a catastrophe caused by carelessness at the gingham altar. And yes, of course there are tears.
The elder statesman of Bake Off, Paul is the only member of the team who has been with the show since its very beginning, originally judging alongside Mary Berry until the move to Channel 4 in 2017. Paul also hosts the US version of the programme, The American Baking Competition and has served as head baker at a number of hotels in the UK and abroad, after first beginning his career at his father’s bakery when he was still in his teens.
Although it was Bake Off that really made Paul a household name, he had made some other TV appearances beforehand on shows including The Heaven and Earth Show and This Morning, while since making his name as a judge he has appeared on a number of programmes including his own show Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.
Paul is known for his often harsh comments and for setting frequently challenging tasks in the signature challenge, while his coveted “Hollywood handshakes” reserved for the very best bakes have become a popular feature of the show.