The Great British Bake Off Map of the World TV Programmes
I got it SOOOOOO wrong.
The phenomenon that hit our TV screens back in August 2010 made me gasp…
“Really! Are they really going to make a competition out of home bakers!!!???”
“That’ll never last”.
Well, how wrong I was.
And gladly so I must admit.
We are about to enter our 9th series of “The Great British Bake Off” and the television programme is now being aired in 24 countries around the world.
Why Is The Great British Bake Off So Special?
I believe the format is so simple that it just makes it a joy to watch, and this map of The Great British Bake Off world shows how many other countries enjoy the programme too.
Each week we get to know more about the contestants; their skills, personalities and home life, and we start to will them to succeed.
As well as learning ourselves, we are also wanting our new friends to step up and become great bakers and achieve that rare handshake from Paul Hollywood.
Great praise indeed!
Countries Incuded On The Bake Off World Map
Here is a list of countries currently showing their version of the television programme The Great British Bake Off:
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- United States of America
What Happens To The Contestants?
Many of the winners, and indeed the runners-up, go on to write books, present TV shows and generally become celebrities in their own right.
I have just bought Edd Kimber’s book [amazon_textlink asin=’0857834274′ text=’Patisserie Made Simple’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’simplebakesan-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’a921a754-6426-11e8-9d2e-11a667ab24a3′], and it really is a great book if you want to learn to make great pastries at home.
He has a knack of making the difficult seem easy.
Ha! My type of book indeed.
Bake Off Series 1 Winner 2010: Edd Kimber
Edd is now a food writer specialising in desserts.
Bake Off Series 2 Winner 2011: Joanne Wheatley
Joanne has launched two cookery books and has her own cookery school, as well as appearing on numerous television programmes.
Bake Off Series 3 Winner 2012: John Waite
John has appeared as resident chef and guest chef on television programmes Lorraine, This Morning and Sunday Brunch.He has also released three cookbooks; John Whaite Bakes, John Whaite Bakes At Home and Perfect Plates In Five Ingredients. He now runs his own cookery school in Lancashire.
Bake Off Series 4 Winner 2013: Frances Quinn
Frances has baked for celebrities like Clare Balding and Jools Holland, and she designed The Shard’s 1st anniversary cake.
Bake Off Series 5 Winner 2014: Nancy Birtwhistle
Tours the country presenting food shows and campaigns for the anti food waste charity Love Food Hate Waste.
Bake Off Series 6 Winner 2015: Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya was asked to bake the official 90th birthday cake for Queen Elizabeth as well as fronting the TV programme Loose Women and Chronicles of Nadiya.
Bake Off Series 7 Winner 2016: Candice Brown
Writes a column for The Times newspaper as well as bringing out her own cook books and appearing on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.
Bake Off Series 8 Winner 2017: Sophie Faldo
According to her website, Sophie now specialises in celebration cakes, chocolaterie and fine patisserie and has an interest in alternative grains, sugar-free baking and performance foods.
Bake Off Series 9 Winner 2018: Is it going to be you?
Simple Baking Ideas
I am a great fan of the simplicity with which Mary Berry presents her baking ideas – especially her chocolate brownies, and Edd’s recipes follow the same principal.
Simple baking at home.
You can’t ask for more, really.
Easy to follow recipes make you feel confident in your own abilities. This is exactly what the Great British Bake Off does so well.
It makes you feel you can achieve greatness in the kitchen!
I started watching back in 2010 and bought the first book of the series which was [amazon_textlink asin=’0718157117′ text=’The Great British Book of Baking’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’simplebakesan-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’ea8002f4-6427-11e8-86c1-ef3b9a38f211′].
It got me fired up and I tried out most of the recipes growing an extra spare tyre round my waist at the same time!!
Recipes To Get You Baking
I love baking. But it has to be simple.
I must admit, they took me ages to master. But now that I have made them successfully I am proud of myself and it has boosted my baking skills no end.
I love a great chocolate cake. You just can’t beat it for taste and ease of baking.
Now though, I tend to scale recipes to fit my appetite, so I am not too tempted to eat the whole cake.
But enough of the self-praise!
Now it’s over to you.
What’s your favourite bake?
Let me know and maybe we’ll make a video of it.