BAKE Off 2021 viewers have been blown away by the mouth-watering creations from this year’s batch of amateur bakers. But after judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith take their tiny nibbles out of the baked goods who gets to eat all the delicious leftovers?
Who eats the leftovers on The Great British Bake Off?
The Great British Bake Off contestants put their heart and soul into preparing scrumptious treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. As a result, there are often lots of leftover cake, biscuits, bread and other goodies throughout the series. But fear not, the delights do not go to waste – unlike MasterChef, the first pick of leftovers goes to the bakers themselves. The show’s Chief Home Economist Faenia Moore told BBC Good Food: “It’s important for the bakers to eat what they’ve slaved over, so after each challenge I make up a “baker’s basket” to go to their lunchroom.
“Then any leftovers go to the crew’s lunch. Everyone gets quite excited.” Most of the bakes are cold but it’s not known if there are any different procedures for hot bakes.
While former contestant Ali told the Birmingham Mail: “The cameramen literally stand there with forks in their back pockets, waiting to swoop as soon as filming stops.” But it’s not just the crew who are rushing to get a bite of the action. Chetna Makan, from the 2014 series, told Digital Spy: “It’s not just the cameramen who swarm over the food, we (the other contestants) definitely do it too. “We all run to the food made by whoever got the most compliments. Literally, everybody runs, nearly knocking each other over to have a taste.” While Kim-Joy also admitted on the Big Fat Quiz of the Year: “The crew eats it. They’d know the best ones so they descend on them.” While Prue’s neighbours must have the fanciest pigswill in Britain, after the judge told The Telegraph she feeds the animals Bake Off leftovers. She said: “I used to bring them all home from Bake Off in a big box, all the bits. “My neighbour keeps pigs, so these pigs got the most amazing cakes and bread.” Noel Fielding revealed the same thing on Big Fat Quiz of the Year as he told Jimmy Carr: “Prue occasionally, if there are any cakes left over, takes them home for her pigs.”
When is the Great British Bake Off next on TV and how can I watch it?
Bake Off episodes continue to air every Tuesday night.
The action kicks off from 8pm on Channel 4.
You can catch up with any missed episodes on All 4.