With how popular The Great British Bake Off is, getting into the show is not exactly an easy process.
The Great British Bake Off is a show that has captured the interest of viewers all across the world. The show pins amateur bakers against each other for the top spot, and based on how well a contestant does, the opportunities that may follow can propel them higher up in the culinary industry. According to People Magazine, around 16,000 contestants apply for the show, and out of that, 12 are chosen.
As the show is comfortably proceeding through its 13th series, it is no surprise that there are certain rules potential contestants have to follow in order to take part in the competition, but what exactly are these rules?
The preliminary step
According to Delish, the application for the show must be submitted online, and applicants must fill out a seven-page application that goes over all the details of their experience with baking. The application is divided into sections that relate to particular forms of dishes, such as cake, bread, biscuits, etc.
Additionally, contestants have to be 16 years old in order to qualify for the application, and they must be a resident of the United Kingdom. Even though the show has found worldwide fame, this is a rule that is maintained in accordance with the title of the show, as well as to find the best amateur baker in the UK.
A streak of tests in the kitchen
Once an applicant is selected, the next step is to impress with your baking. The dish prepared by an applicant must pass a test in order to proceed further. Even if a dish makes that achievement, there will be an additional test in front of the camera, to ensure that applicants would be comfortable with cameras around them.
Following that, it is the responsibility of a contestant to ensure that they are available for every shoot date which is conducted on the weekends, with Insider reporting that a shoot may take from 10 to 16 hours. Contestants also have to agree to appear on the companion spin-off series The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice.
After a background check and the signing of a release form, contestants must strictly adhere to the 'no phones allowed' rule to ensure that there aren't any outside influences. Additionally, they aren't allowed to take pictures or videos of the production process.
All contestants are to stay in the same hotel, and they are required to appear at the tent by 7 am. During the shoot of an episode, which can take up to two days, contestants are also required to re-wear the same clothes they wore the day before to ensure that continuity is maintained.
At the judging stage, contestants must give them the time to go over the dish and come to a conclusion. After that, a set of mandatory interviews are conducted by producers to document their experience on that particular day.