Even though season 12 of “The Great British Bake Off” (or “The Great British Baking Show” if you watch in the US) has just ended, the 6.9 million viewers who would have watched the finale, by variety , are ready for the next season.
If you are unfamiliar with “GBBO”, get ready to meet your new guilty pleasure. With 12 bakers competing over 10 episodes, “Bake Off” is partly a showcase of talent that leaves us in awe and partly healthy competition. Each episode shows the contestants competing in three different challenges around a specific theme – signing, technique and a showstopper.
According to “The Great British Bake Off,” the “signature” is meant to be something that has a home-made quality, while the highlight of the show is for bakers to show off their decorating and baking skills. The Tech Challenge is the medium and hardest of the episodes, with the bakers unaware of what they’re supposed to be doing.
As with the final episode of Season 12, each episode has a theme around which the recipes revolve. As you watch the bakers work their magic, the hosts try to provide comedic relief in high stress situations. This year we saw Giuseppe Dell’Anno win the grand prize. The son of a baker, Dell’Anno dazzled judges and viewers with his incredible talent, but just thinking about the last season makes us want the next (via Vulture).
Thankfully, details are starting to come together for Season 13 of “The Great British Bake Off” and here’s what we know so far.
This is when you can expect “The Great British Bake Off” to return.
At the time of writing, we do not have a release date for Season 13 of “The Great British Bake Off”. The Cinemaholic reported that sources have stated that there will be 12 episodes filmed between April and August 2022. I would say it’s safe to assume that you will have your new batch of “GBBO” episodes by September 2022.
However, there may be a delay between when the show is filming and when it airs. For season 12, the episodes aired in the UK four days before they could be watched on Netflix. That’s right, if you watch in the US on Netflix, new episodes drop every week instead of a full season. Having old seasons of “The Great British Baking Show” to review and revisit is how we’re going to get Season 13 to finally air. However, the original season of “GBBO” was pulled from the streaming platform on January 1, 2022 (via Decider). But don’t worry, you still have nine more full seasons to check out, plus some special holiday deals, including one that just released in December.
Here is who will judge season 13 of “The Great British Bake Off”
At this point, it’s safe to assume that Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be back to judge the next batch of bakers to come to “The Great British Bake Off”.
Hollywood has been a part of the show from the start. He is considered one of the UK’s “leading artisan bakers” according to “The Great British Bake Off” and even has a bestselling book on baking bread. Hollywood has been hosting “The Great British Bake Off” since Season 1. Aside from “GBBO”, it has hosted other shows like “Bread” and “Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds”, both for BBC1 ( via IMDb). A Hollywood handshake is more coveted than winning “The Great British Bake Off,” and Hollywood has given away a few in season 12. We can’t wait to see if anyone will impress her that much next season. .
Leith, meanwhile, is one of the UK’s “biggest culinary experts” and joined the show in 2017 (via The Sun). Before “GBBO” she was a restaurateur, caterer, cooking teacher, food writer, novelist, radio cook and television cook. In June 2021, as part of the Queen’s birthday celebration, Leith became a lady for her “services to food, broadcasting and charity,” according to BBC America.
Who will host the next season of “The Great British Bake Off”
Much like their judging counterparts, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are set to return as hosts of “The Great British Bake Off” for Season 13. The couple have been hosting mixed reactions from fans together since 2020. On an Instagram post featuring the team’s dry humor, one fan commented, “I miss Sand, Sue and Mel. These two are stylish and too inappropriate. I wish they were replaced.”
The duo are however more than qualified to host “The Great British Baking Show“. According to “The Great British Bake Off”, Fielding is an award-winning comedian who, over the past two decades, you may have seen perform standing or guest star on “The IT Crowd”. Meanwhile, Lucas has some serious acting chops. He reprized the role of Thenardier in the concert version of “Les Misérables” at the Sondheim Theater in 2019, according to WhatsOnStage, and you may have also seen him in Tim Burton’s adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland. “.
Here’s what we know about who’s in for season 13 of “The Great British Bake Off”
“The Great British Bake Off” is currently in the process of selecting its Season 13 contestants. Applying online is just the first step among many in trying to enter the popular baking competition. The show’s staff take months to process applications, failing to send acceptances to bakers who reached the next round by March 4, 2022, according to the casting site.
Based on last year’s application process, we can expect there to be a series of phone interviews as the next step. From there, contestants enter the “Baking Bubble” to start cooking off-camera, according to Delish. Last year, COVID-19 protocols were put in place to protect contestants and judges, and we wouldn’t be surprised if that happens again this year. For season 12, contestants had to quarantine themselves for a few weeks before auditions started, according to The Cinemaholic. Once the number drops to around 30, Delish reports that applicants are meeting with psychologists to make sure they are fit to compete. Fans will just have to wait and see who these good candidates will be.