Great British Bake Off episode 8 2022 – Pastry Week: Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas host as the bakers face pastry week. Each baker must show their vol-au-vent making skills, demonstrate a technical ability in creating a savoury snack and finally craft a showstopping 3D pie-scape depicting their favourite story from childhood. With only four places in the semi-final, who will be leaving the competition for good?
We’ve reached the quarter-finals so you wouldn’t expect these bakers to make rookie errors such as forgetting to turn the oven on, but one does. Sweet vol-au-vents are pastry week’s signature challenge but – oh dear – some are lopsided, many are flat and most look anaemic.Paul Hollywood isn’t taking any prisoners with his critiques, either. “I’m not happy with what they’ve created. They should be doing better,” he says brutally. Even so, as they start their showstoppers – a storybook pie scene – the mood in the tent is as cheery as ever. There aren’t so many smiles by the end.
Culinary competition in which amateur cooks compete in a variety of culinary challenges, hoping to be crowned Britain’s best amateur baker. Contestants create a wide range of sweets and pastry dishes, before the judges cast a critical eye over their efforts. Each week, the bakers must prepare their own take on a tried-and-tested recipe, complete a technical challenge with minimal instructions, and finally pull out all the stops to create an outstanding showcase of their talents.
Great British Bake Off episode 8 2022 – Pastry 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.