Great British Bake Off star opens up on gruelling time in the tent ‘We’re shattered’

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The Great British Bake Off made a return to Channel 4 for another series to the delight of its fans last month. While viewers are treated to an hour-long episode every Tuesday night, filming can be a bit of a slog. Judge Paul Hollywood has admitted 12 hours of filming is considered a “short day”. 

Celebrity chef Paul has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since it first launched on BBC One in 2010. 

Paul, 55, judges the well-loved show, which is now aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday nights, alongside chef Prue Leith, 81. 

While viewers only see Paul and Prue critique and taste the contestants’ bakes, the judges are often “shattered” by the end of the filming day. 

Paul has opened up about the gruelling time spent in the famous Bake Off tent to film the show. 

The star has explained 12 hours worth of filming is considered “a short day”. 

Speaking to Radio Times at last year’s Bake Off press day, Paul said: “We try and get together as much as we can but sometimes we’re shattered.

“If it’s been a really late one we’re all just saying, ‘I’m going to get room service.’”

Overall, only a third of that time in the tent is actually spent baking each week. 

Series four baker Ali Imdad explained the rest of the time in the tent is spent doing “beauty shots” of the bakes, contestants or judges. 

“The baking is filmed as you do it by six cameras moving around the tent, though if they don’t catch something, like you whisking, you might have to do it again,” he told Birmingham Mail. 

“If someone fluffs a line during the judging, they will do retakes. Or if you said something and they didn’t quite catch, they will ask you to say it again.”

He revealed he and his fellow contestant spent 16 hours in the tent for his first day of filming. 

In the latest series of The Great British Bake Off, three contestants have already been eliminated from the competition. 

Viewers were left unimpressed by last Tuesday’s instalment after the judges made the decision to send Rochica home. 

The week before, Jairzeno’s biscuit creation failed to impress judges while Tom was the first contestant to be sent packing. 

Tom was sent home after he failed to impress the judges with his black forest mini rolls.

In Tuesday’s episode, contestants will be attempting a range of sweet treats for Dessert Week. 

They will be tasked with making a pavlovian signature, a sticky toffee technical and a multi-layered joconde showstopper. 

Will anyone secure a Hollywood handshake for their creations like Giuseppe did last week for his bread?

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday at 8 pm on Channel 4.

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