Series / The Great British Bake Off
Sue, Mary, Paul, and Mel

MasterChef for amateur bakers, basically. Hosted by comedy double act Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, and judged by British celebrity pastry chefs Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

Episodes are set in the Bake Off Tent — pitched in the gorgeous grounds of a stately country manor — and span a series of ten weekends divided into themes, including Bread, Pastry, Biscuitsnote  and Patisserie. Twelve participants must complete three timed baking challenges in each program. Rather than being judged against one another, they are expected to build their own skills and either noticeably improve their performances or maintain a consistently high standard.

The challenges are, in order:

  • Signature — Each contestant must produce an original take on a standard type of that week's theme (crackers, breadsticks etc).
  • Technical — Either Mary or Paul provide the bare outline of one of their own recipes, then both leave the tent while the contestants interpret it via their own baking knowledge. The judges then return and, still unaware of who made what, rank their efforts against the standard.
  • Showstopper — Like the Signature, but considerably more, well, showstopping. Often involves a towering 3D creation, as contestants are expected to show off genuinely complex skills and ingenuity.

Each week the best performer overall is named "Star Baker", while the poorest is eliminated. The ultimate winner of each series is given an inscribed plate and the knowledge that upwards of a fifth of their countrymen have just watched them prove themselves the nation's greatest creator of home-baked creams, cakes and pies.

Deliberately and completely eschewing the typical manufactured melodrama of many reality-show competitions, the program takes a more lighthearted and friendlier approach, with the hosts in particular given free rein to indulge their love of comic accents and bad puns... among many other things. Any drama that arises is generally because of individual mishaps or lack of time rather than interpersonal conflicts (though they have occasionally occurred).

Despite this — or perhaps because of it — the show has become a massive hit and is credited with single-handedly reviving the long tradition of baking in Britain, having inspired a huge increase in participants along with the inevitable economic implications, through cookery classes, books etc. Several of the winners and runners-up have gone on to carve out thriving celebrity baking careers from the notoriety.

Having spent its first four series on BBC2, the fourth receiving the best ratings yet (and by that, we mean the best ratings for a regular series on that channel in at least twenty years) means the fifth onwards are to be shown on BBC1. Also starting with the fifth series, each episode is accompanied by An Extra Slice, a follow-up hosted by Jo Brand that takes a humorous look at the latest episodes with various celebrities in front of a live audience.

In September 2016 it was announced that the production company that makes the show had rejected the BBC's bid for renewal and the show will be moving to Channel 4. This led to a huge audience backlash, and Mary along with Mel and Sue announced they would not be part of the move.

Tastes strongly of these tropes:

  • Aside Glance: Mel briefly side-eyes the camera by way of underlining her puns.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Yes, the judges' names are really Mary Berry (actually, Mary-Rosa Alleyne Berry) and Paul Hollywood.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Flora's skillset in series 6 fell loosely under this; she just couldn't stop overdecorating her creations, often far beyond what was required. This resulted in her overextending her abilities which in turn weakened her overall efforts, producing among other things runny cream horns and an underbaked chocolate tart thanks to elaborate tuille and macaron decorations respectively.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Paul, any basic mistake such as missing an ingredient—as David did in episode four of series 1, when he missed the eggs from the technical challenge (a souffle)—or accidentally substituting salt for sugar (which has actually happened twice in as many series) means you're automatically out of the competition. The souffle episode in question was framed to make it look as if there was more to it than that, but Paul's anger at the error was completely clear, especially at the end.
    • For all her comparative gentleness in getting it across, Mary can be as much of a perfectionist as Paul, and does not appreciate flaws in basic technique. Hilariously demonstrated in the first episode of series 5, as she watches a contestant try to achieve a tight Swiss roll by scoring it across beforehand. Of course it simply breaks apart at the cuts, and as this becomes more and more obvious Mary gets more and more tight-lipped, shaking her head in disapproval. Paul(!) and Sue have to bodily escort her away ("Now, now, come along and leave the nice boy alone...") before the stern lecture she's clearly dying to give can erupt.
    • In terms of flavouring, any contestant using alcohol in a bake Paul is about to taste had better make very sure they've got the strength exactly right, preferably down to the barest hint. Mary, meanwhile, doesn't at all mind a little extra booze in a bake (to the point where it's become a mild Running Gag), but is otherwise very hard to convince re: unusual flavours or ingredients.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Mel and Sue are fiercely protective of the contestants, to the extent of ensuring that no footage of them overtly crying, angry, upset, etc. ever gets aired by swooping in front of the cameras and either physically blocking the contestants from view or swearing loudly and eloquently to render the footage useless.
  • Blatant Lies: James's claim in the biscuit week of series 3 that his derelict gingerbread barn was the intended outcome. Unfortunately he'd already showed the judges and by extension the audience the plans for the intact barn, so wasn't fooling anyone. Except perhaps Paul, who genuinely seemed to think he might have been leading them on with the complete version.
  • Boring Invincible Hero:
    • Brendan in series 3 made it to the final having been pretty much perfect in every week, only not being Star Baker every week due to moments of genius from the other contestants (James in particular). His safe but efficient style wasn't enough in the final, but his being there was almost guaranteed from the start.
    • Arguably Ruth, the runner-up of series 1, who was so calm and composed, she would often finish ahead of time while everyone else was rushing to meet the deadline.
    • And perhaps series 4 finalist Kimberley as well, who showed few weaknesses in the contest but ended up on the wrong side of a Technician vs. Performer battle with Frances.
  • Bragging Rights Reward:
    • The weekly Star Baker title confers absolutely no prize or benefit to the recipient whatsoever, and—as a few of the finalists have discovered to their chagrin—even winning it multiple times in a row is no guarantee of ultimate success.
    • The overall series title, as noted, is also a Bragging Rights Reward, though at least the winner gets a trophy. The exposure and associations of having won such a competition often bring their own rewards, of course.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The showstopper in the Biscuits episode of series 7 requires the contestants to make a gingerbread scene that contains at least eight different things. Louise decides to depict her wedding, so she explains that her scene will have a church, a gingerbread groom, bride, and vicar, and some gravestones.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Rob of series 2, an attractive, charming, clearly talented young baker with a distinctly offhand attitude to time management, resulting in a series of great-tasting but visually disastrous bakes. This drove Paul insane.
  • Brutal Honesty: Paul can and will tell contestants their creations are completely and utterly awful. Mary almost always sugarcoats to some degree, knowing that Paul will get the message across anyway.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Howard in series 4. He accidentally cut his fingers in week one, Sue flattened his muffins in the second week, then Deborah mistook his custard for hers and put it on her trifle before realising it was his (to be fair she was mortified and he was allowed to use hers). He forgave Deborah and Sue, but he did audibly wish for just one uneventful bake.
  • Call Back: Weirdly, a callback to a brief cutaway shot included in the final of series 2, of a squirrel displaying rather prominent male genitalia (shots of squirrels near the tent had featured as scene-setting throughout that series, but this particular one had clearly been held back for the final). When a series 4 contestant chose to decorate her cake with icing squirrels, Mel suggested that the one on top be tranformed into "the Bake Off Squirrel" by the addition of two large nuts. The contestant (Frances) acquiesced to this, though it's not entirely clear she'd got the reference... though given it was Frances, she probably had.
  • Carrying a Cake: More usually involves the cake mix or other ingredients—although it's not uncommon for finished products to collapse as well, notably Rob's Genoese sponge disaster in series 2. Luckily, when things end up on the floor, it's usually early enough in the round to start over—or in Rob's case, miraculously rescue two of the three delicate cake layers and end up being highly praised for their quality.
  • Catchphrase: Several.
    • "On your marks, get set — bake!" from Mel and Sue.
    • "You've got a soggy bottom" and many variants, from Paul.
    • "Ooh, don't they look tempting!" and many variants, from Mary.
    • "Sheer perfection", also from Mary.
    • Cathryn of series 3 was prone to exclaiming "Oh, my giddy aunt!" in moments of high stress.
  • Celebrity Edition: Runs in January for Comic/Sport Relief. The first series featured three 'heats' with the winners of each progressing to the final, whilst the second and third's episodes were each standalone competitions, with the third also having different substitute hosts for each episode as well.
  • Compassionate Critic: Paul always, and Mary sometimes.
  • Cooking Duel: Strictly speaking there's no one-on-one duels, though it's quite common for two particularly bad bakers to be desperately fighting for survival, with everyone else more or less safe, in the showstopper challenge.
  • Cool Old Guy: Norman, the Scottish ex-Merchant Navy officer of series 5. Kicked out relatively and inevitably early due to his resolute lack of sophistication (freely admitting he didn't even know how to spell 'tiramisu' was a hilight), but ended up becoming universally beloved by the viewership for exactly that reason... well, that and showing Sue how to spell B-A-K-E in semaphore.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mary Berry CBE, the eighty-year-old undisputed grande dame of British baking with more than 75 cookbooks to her name. Despite all of which, refuses to put on haughty airs or otherwise intimidate the contestants, instead playing a supportive, everybody's-favourite-grandma foil to Paul's terrifyingly perfectionist Science Hero.
  • Double Entendre:
    • Paul's obsession with looking for moisture affecting the crispness of pastry bases — "soggy bottoms". Mel and Sue don't exactly dissuade him from using the term at every possible opportunity, and will do so themselves if he doesn't.
    • Inevitable in any episode featuring tarts or buns.
    • Successful Madeira cake should show a prominent crack. Mel and Sue pass up no opportunity for a crack-related comment.
    • Sue is generally very good at creating innuendos out of perfectly innocuous dishes. "OK, everyone, you've got half an hour! Let's get those lady-fingers soggy!"
      Sue: Good morning, bakers. The following signature challenge has been assessed by the Double Entendre Police and Iím delighted to inform you that Paul and Mary would love you to make cream horns. And thereís nothing fun to say about that whatsoever.
    • Mary pulls off a totally, hilariously innocent one during a challenge, inspecting a contestant's plans to use hemp flour: "What is hemp, exactly? A kind of grass, is it?"
      Sue: [clearly desperate to keep a straight face] It's the legal kind of grass, Mary, yeah...
    • Sue gets off a corker before the titles of series 7 have even started rolling, while she and Mel are going through a box of whisks, rolling pins and other assorted kitchen aids.
    Mel: What's that down there?
    Sue: That? That's from home. I don't know why that's there. Sorry.
    • While presenting her pub-themed Showstopper in the second episode of series 7, Candice invites Mel to 'grab her jugs' (that is, bring them up to the front table), and Mel pays it forward by inducing Mary to say how much she's looking forward to eating some (sticky gingerbread) carpet.
      • Candice seemed to pull one of these out every week in season 7, including 'nobody likes a small underfilled ball' during bread week, and 'sometimes you just need to get your hands in there and give your sausages a good squeeze' in pastry week.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The first couple series are much more subdued and conventionally focussed on the competition aspect. In place of the hosts' comedy bits and enthusiastically dubious 'help', we get the judges giving contestants long, earnest lectures on technique. Sue has also claimed in interviews that she and Mel nearly quit early on over demands that they stir up weepy melodrama as per more traditional reality competitions. At any rate, the now-signature lightheartedness erupts in series 3 so fully formed that it's clear a deliberate decision was taken somewhere to loosen things up.
    • Mel and Sue didn't do the voiceovers in the first series; a male narrator, Stephen Noonan, did them instead. The duo also initially shared some of their current hosting chores with Paul, who's seen in several series 1 episodes calling time ("Ten minutes left!") and otherwise encouraging the contestants to get a move on.
    • The first series took the contestants all over the country — to places as far apart as Mousehole in Cornwall and Scone in Perth & Kinross. This aspect was dropped from subsequent series as it was pretty much pointless (not to say expensive).
    • Although the Showstopper has always been the final round, it didn't gain the name until series 2. In the first series it was just called "the final challenge". Likewise the "Star Baker" award didn't get introduced until series 2.
    • Mary Berry wearing spectacles in the first few series.
  • Elimination Statement: And also by those who came closest to elimination but survived, implying they are flat out told this. Even if they aren't, they usually know anyway and the judges are frequently seen saying things like "You'd better improve for next week or you're gone" as the camera pans away after the result.
  • Everything's Better With Chocolate: A common choice, though the difficulty in baking with it (particularly with bread) is frequently noted and contestants have met with mixed success. Naturally, the judges enjoy including particularly difficult chocolate-related tasks, such as tempering, as part of the technical challenges. In series 6, it finally became an entire week's theme.
  • Food Porn: The show never misses an opportunity to showcase the contestants' offerings in close-up, high-resolution, slowly-rotating shots that give the audience a good look at every individual flake of a pastry. And even when the food itself doesn't turn out quite as intended, they preface each challenge with a stylized drawing of each contestant's intended offering, which is often nearly as mouth-watering as the real thing.
  • Foreshadowing: In the biscuit episode in series 3, James notes after the first round that everyone relies on luck to some degree, him more than most. In the episode's showstopper challenge, he miraculously turns a gingerbread barn that has fallen apart into a gingerbread derelict barn. It isn't clear if Paul has even noticed it was a patch-up job (he said that it was perfect if intended, and great even if it wasn't), and it wins James Star Baker.
  • Friendly Rivalry: The contestants almost never show any antagonism towards each other, being incredibly friendly and helpful.
    • Contestants who finish their bakes early will frequently pitch in and help those who are struggling to complete their own bakes within the time limit, as when Richard and Chetna of Series 5 stepped in to help colleague Martha recover from a mishap during the Pastry Showstopper. In Series 7, Jane, Kate, and Tom stepped in to calm Candice down and help make her chocolate loaf look presentable as she was becoming increasingly upset and panicking.
    • In one incident in series 1, David's oven shorted out and Ruth offered to share her own (which would have hurt her own cooking due to having to open the oven door more than necessary), though it didn't ultimately prove necessary to do so.
    • Sarah-Jane and Cathryn in series 3 became close enough that they actually went into business together after the series ended.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: The hosts — particularly Mel — spend a good chunk of their time motivating despondent or calming stressed-out bakers. Keeping series 4 contestant Ruby in particular out of meltdown mode became a full-time obsession, to the point where Mel finally just snapped out "Get a ruddy grip!" (In fairness, this was after Ruby specifically asked Mel to give her a telling off.)
  • Gingerbread House:
    • Done as a Showstopper in series 3 — although it was specified that the building should not be the traditional cottage, leading to the aforementioned gingerbread barn, a birdhouse and a Roman coliseum.
    • Returned in series 4, though "structure" wasn't specified, leading to, of all things, a gingerbread Dalek.
    • The free-form version reappeared in series 5 (with highlights including a gingerbread dragon and pirate ship) and yet again in series 7 (in which a gingerbread pub, complete with sticky floor and lime jelly pool table cover, wins Candice Star Baker).
  • Golden Snitch: Defied Trope — at least in theory. The format is such that a disaster in one task need not prove fatal if the other two are done well. Paul and Mary have admitted that the showstopper is generally all that separates the contestants, though contestants in the bottom half of the technical challenge automatically become candidates for elimination. Proven most notably in series 3; Ryan was heading towards the exit after a disastrous first day, only for his key lime pie showstopper to prove so amazingly excellent that he was named Star Baker that week, ahead of bakers who had consistently delivered in all three rounds.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Mary and Paul, respectively (and very effectively) as a judging team. They only rarely disagree on the actual quality of a bake, but when critiquing it Paul comes across as much more brusque and insistent on the flaws, while Mary adopts a more sympathetic tone.
  • Gratuitous French: If a bake deals with a specific nationality Mel and Sue won't just imitate the accent, they'll speak in the language of the country of origin when making announcements. French is just one of the many languages they've spoken... sort of... in the Bake Off Tent.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Iain from series 5 had one of these, eventually culminating in a moment where he angrily threw his Baked Alaska in the bin after discovering that Diana had inadvertently caused it to melt, in turn causing Iain be eliminated.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The hosts spend much of their time coming up with ways to pun on the theme of the episode.
  • Ironic Echo Cut:
    • During the Baked Alaska challenge in series 5:
      Contestant: I'm okay with today's task. It's a sponge base and ice cream, so what can possibly go wrong?
      [cut to]
      Paul Hollywood: There's many things that can go wrong in a Baked Alaska.
    • During a vegetable cake challenge in one of the Comic Relief specials, a contestant remarks that in his opinion you'd have to be crazy to think a beetroot cake would be a good idea. Immediate cut to another contestant preparing a beetroot cake.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Paul insists his grumpy onscreen manner with the contestants is very much at odds with his off-camera one, and that in fact he frequently drops a private word of encouragement when they're stressed (usually by using the same swear-loudly-to-make-it-unfilmable tactic as Mel and Sue).
  • Lame Pun: If there's one to be made, Mel and Sue will make it. Contestants will either laugh or groan depending on how much pressure they're experiencing.
  • Multinational Shows: Multiple European versions, mostly with names of the format The (Great) [Country] Baking Competition or All of [Country] Bakes. Also The Great Australian Bake-Off, The American Baking Competition, and Bake Off Brasil.
  • Namesake Gag: Introducing a challenge involving frangipane tarts, Sue tells the contestants that the filling takes its name from 16th-century Italian nobleman Muzio Frangipanenote  — and that the pastry case takes its name from 16th-century Italian nobleman Giovanni Shortcrust.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Diana in series 5 had to drop out between episodes due to illness. In the episode where this was announced, the judges considered waiving the usual end-of-episode elimination to keep the numbers right, but ended up deciding that one of the competitors had earned elimination. Instead, they waived the elimination in a later episode when Paul and Mary were unable to reach agreement about which of the two worst-performing competitors should be eliminated.
    • Averted in the Dessert week of series 3 when John cut his finger badly near the beginning of the Showstopper round and had to leave the tent. The judges seriously considered him for elimination because of it (his previous two bakes not having been particularly impressive anyway) but ultimately decided it would be more fair to waive the elimination altogether that week and let two contestants go the next.
  • Not So Stoic: Paul loves to play doubt-instilling mind games with the contestants, and will often pause meaningfully after receiving a contestant's reply to a specific question about their bake, or stand still at the end of their work bench and silently watch them carry out the challenge. In the series 6 finale, he tries to do this to Nadiya by asking her if she's happy. Nadiya responds that she is, and then asks Paul the same question back—to which he just bursts out giggling and walks off.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in series 6. One of the competitors is a man named Paul who has white hair and a Van Dyke goatee, remarkably like a certain judge named Paul. Immediately lampshaded by Sue, and led to this Running Gag each episode thereafter:
    Paul: Paul.
    Paul: Paul.
  • Product Placement: Defied Trope per BBC rules, which didn't stop the show getting in trouble for showing the logo of the fridges too prominently by mistake. A deal was reached whereby the editing would be fixed and the makers would stop advertising themselves "as seen on the Great British Bakeoff" on their website.
  • Real Men Cook: Surprisingly — and endearingly — frequent. Most notably Series 6 contestant Paul Jagger, a former Coldstream Guardsman and currently a prison governor, who enjoys not only baking but flower arranging, and can make delicate animal carvings out of fruit. See also ex-RAF rugby enthusiast Simon in series 2, PE teacher Stuart in series 3, Norman the ex-Merchant Navy officer plus builders Iain and Richard in series 5, and motorbike enthusiast Selasi in series 7.
  • Running Gag:
    • Paul's obsession with "soggy bottoms" in any challenge involving pastry (which is quite a lot of them). He checks for it first chance he gets, and will call the contestants on it.
    • Beginning in series 3, Mel and Sue's bizarre accents and intonations when declaring "On your marks, get set — bake!", frequently elongating the last word. By the end of series 4, the notion of the word being pronounced normally was a long-forgotten memory.
    • Also beginning in series 3, the same duo's occasional insinuations while dismissing them for the technical challenge that Paul and Mary are leaving to carry on their steamy love affair... despite the fact that Mary is about thirty years Paul's senior.
    • At one point mid-series 5, very Northern contestant Nancy refers dismissively to "him... you know, the male judge," in an aside to Mel. Naturally, both hosts pick this up and run with it, creating a mock-feud that lasts the rest of the series. Made even funnier when Paul himself starts playing along.
    Paul: Ah, can the male judge please ask a question?
    • Candice wearing a different shade of lipstick every week in season 7, after Mel suggested it in the first episode.
  • Scenery Porn: Picturesque shots of the lovely manor gardens surrounding the Bake Off Tent are routinely used as transitional cutaways. As a bonus, most also involve adorable animals, including lambs, ducks, bees visiting flowers and—most memorably, in series 2 — squirrels.
  • Science Hero: Paul has extensive knowledge of the science of baking and is always explaining the various chemical processes that occur during a bake. Mary is also incredibly knowledgeable but she doesn't go into quite as much detail as Paul, preferring to use more easy to understand expressions.
  • Self-Deprecation: Fairly often among contestants who know they're doing badly, but most famously by Ruby more-or-less endlessly in series 4. The hosts and judges had to tell her to stop doing it (with Mel actually snapping at her), a lesson that only briefly set in before returning a couple episodes later. The hosts themselves often indulge in this, especially Sue, who frequently hangs a lampshade on how bad her puns are.
  • Spin-Off: The fifth series has introduced an accompanying show called "The Great British Bake-Off: An Extra Slice", in which the presenter and a couple of guests console the eliminated contestant and discuss the week's show.
  • Stopped Reading Too Soon: One of the issues that led to Val's elimination in series 7 was that in the technical challenge for Pastry week—a Bakewell tart—she somehow missed an entire page of instructions. Undaunted, she simply made her own recipe, which of course differed in just about every possible respect from what the judges were looking for. The real kicker is that the page she missed was the first page of instructions... and it apparently didn't strike her as strange that the page she did read began at step five.
  • Stunned Silence: In an episode of series 6, Mat's royal icing decorations turn out strangely yellow and brittle. When Nadiya asks what went wrong, he sheepishly replies that he baked them too long. Nadiya just stares at him in shock for a long moment, while Flora clasps her hand over her mouth.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Part of the format, since the signature bake allows for and the showstopper requires elaborate decoration according to the baker's own tastes, whereas the technical challenge is all about uniformity and strict accordance to the recipe. There are however specific examples from the series:
    • Brendan (Technician) versus James (Performer) in series 3.
    • Lucy in series 4 made very plain breadsticks ("Grissini with Salt") in the Signature round in the hope that the judges would be impressed with the technical qualities, whilst everybody else was trying much more elaborate recipes. She did this because she knew bread was a weak spot and so concentrated on getting it technically right, rather than being showy — unfortunately, she didn't get it right and, following a similar problem in the Showstopper round with a roasted tomato and garlic bread loaf, she was eliminated.
    • And in the final of that series, Kimberley (Technician) vs Frances (Performer).
  • Tempting Fate: At the start of the technical challenge in the second episode of series 7, Selasi mentions that he's made this recipe before, and acknowledges that saying so out loud may be tempting fate. He comes last in the challenge.
    • Rav, in episode 5 of the same season, says that he can't come last in the technical for a third week in a row, immediately before doing so.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Mel and Sue float among the contestants during the challenges, and appear to be allowed to offer limited physical support in addition to their morale-boosting chores. This usually results in leftovers or random bits of cut off food being eaten at the table, but at least once a genuine component of a bake that had merely been set aside for later use was eaten.
    • A particularly funny example happened in the final of series 4 with Mel, Sue, and Mary(!) scoffing as much of Frances' asparagus as they could while Frances was busy elsewhere in the tent.
    • Poor Frances had already been 'helped' during the Biscuit week of that same series, when Mel tried to assist with keeping her towering showstopper balanced. To be fair, it's not clear whether it was technically Mel's fault or just coincidence... but the instant she touched the delicate tower, it collapsed in utter ruins.
    • Meanwhile, in one technical challenge earlier in series 4, Sue leant on what she thought was just a bit of cloth on a contestant's bench—it was actually a bit of cloth with his English muffins underneath. When it came to the judging, she had to confess to Paul and Mary that it was her fault a couple of them were somewhat squashed.
    • Happened again in series 6 when Sue accidentally squashed the top of Nadiya's biscuit box. Once again, she was very apologetic and admitted it when Paul and Mary asked what went wrong. Though it did lead to this gem from Nadiya to Sue:
    Nadiya: ...if I leave, you're coming with me.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Each series ends by revealing what all the contestants — including those eliminated as early as the first round — are doing. Generally this means becoming bakers (or otherwise working in some sort of baking-related area) for contestants eliminated later, and a bit more community baking for the less successful. There have also been a couple of proper standalone Where Are They Now shows.