Great British Bake Off episode 3 2020 – Bread Week: Noel and Matt present Bread Week, which kicks off with a sweet and savoury signature round. For the technical challenge, the bakers are asked to create a tribute to the NHS, while the Showstopper is an ambitiously artistic challenge featuring decorative designs in bread. Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood sample their efforts, and choose this week’s Star Baker – and this week’s departing contestant.
It’s Bread Week, clearly Paul Hollywood’s domain, so he strolls around his tent-kingdom looking more than ever like a thoughtful lion pondering a crossword puzzle. The ten remaining amateur bakers are nervous, but largely philosophical: “You have to laugh about it, but we are all dreading it.” As for the Bread King, he talks of “how far the bakers have travelled on their bread journey.” Oh, hands up who wouldn’t want to go on a ‘bread journey’.
It’s another smashing episode thanks to a true quarantine esprit de corps among the whole Bake Off gang, including judges and presenters. Matt Lucas has slotted in very nicely and provides sauciness and a bit of cheek, and the contestants love him.
So, as the amateurs tackle sweet and sour soda breads and a Harvest Festival-themed showstopper there’s a Hollywood handshake and a big beam from Prue as she tastes some “happy bread”.
Great British Bake Off episode 3 2020 – Bread 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.