The Great Australian Bake Off – Enough of the Cakes Already
We’re not sure how much of this we can take, after the weeks and weeks of trails the first episode of The Great Australian Bake Off on Channel 9 is upon us and it is as bad as we feared it would be. Hot on the heels of The Block, Channel 9 are giving us almost three hours of reality TV and that’s just too much.
TGABO (as it shall henceforth be known) is a MasterChef clone (they’ve even got sometime MasterChef alumni Anna Gare on board) that tries to make cake baking exciting, which of course is the whole problem with the show because lets face it cake baking is ever so slightly boring.
Based on a highly popular UK original hosted by Anna Gare and Shane Jocobson (clearly on board because he is a man who likes his cake – not sure what Jenny Craig thinks about his role though!) the show is all primary colours and features an annoyingly mumsy voice over explaining just what is happening at any given moment. Like MasterChef TGABO is all about the challenge with the 10 contestants, who in best reality TV tradition run the gamut from the irritating to the bland to alpha-leader, having to come up with a signature, copy a technical bake and then give us a showstopper of a cake, all under the watchful eye of judges Dan Lepard and Kerry Vincent – definitely a case of good cop, bad cop with Vincent very much in “don’t talk to me about cakes, I’ve been baking since I was eight”.
Lets make no bones about it, this is a show about people baking cakes. Sadly it’s going to be huge.