Bake Off is back for its 6th series tomorrow, with a fresh batch of bakers ready to sling dough and creme patisserie at each other in a bid to be crowned this year’s best baker.
Right about now, those 12 bakers are most probably very nervous with a whole heap of adrenaline coursing through their bodies, not knowing what the hell to expect. Since their names were released to the public last week, they’ve no doubt had a few random followers on twitter and facebook, and potentially a phone call from a journalist or two trying their best to get any little bit of information out of them ahead of the series.
Not many of us know what it’s like to go through that stomach churning feeling and anticipation of appearing on the Bake Off, and although you know what happens, what you don’t know is how the programmes have been edited together and how you will come across. People will have already started judging them because of what they look like, where they’re from, what job they do, etc…random people on twitter love having an opinion and think they’re really clever sharing it over the internet. There will be lovers and haters ready to comment, criticise and commend the bakers from how they talk and walk to maybe what they’ve baked.
My advice to those bakers on social media is just enjoy the ride. There will always be some smart-arse commenting from behind the safety of their mobile in their bedroom, thinking they’re being really witty and creating banter. Ignore them. There are millions of Bake Off lovers out there, more than the haters, but they don’t always comment or say anything, but they will be with you every whisk, stir and roll of the way through your epic Bake Off journey. (Uh-oh, I just used the J word!)
As a huge fan of the show, I am definitely a lover and will be cheering you all on from the very first ‘BAKE!’. Go get ’em you Merry Band of Bakers; your Bake Off Alumni are here to support you.