After binging an entire season of The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake-Off, as its known in the U.K.), I’m always left wondering: why would an amateur baker put themselves through 10 weeks of stress, emotional torment, and melting ganaches if they weren’t total masochists? Despite its quaint British charm, the reality competition show is no joke. Competing on the show is a full-time commitment, with many bakers losing money in the process. But hey, at least it’s worth it to win that coveted trophy while gazing into Paul Hollywood’s eyes, eh?
But in case you were sitting at home thinking, “Hey, I can totally bake a Victoria sponge cake without dropping it on the floor,” here’s what it’s like to be a contestant on the cutest emotional stress test on television.
Be prepared for a daunting audition process.
Say goodbye to your social life. Being on the show is a full-time commitment.
You’ll get to stay at a hotel while filming.
You’ll hate baking in a tent.
You can’t be camera-shy.
You might lose money appearing on the show.
Don’t expect to see the hosts or judges much.
Expect to wear the same clothes twice.
Don’t expect to take home any leftovers. The crew eats everything.
There’s a food runner.
A single person is responsible for hand-washing all the dishes.
Producers won’t come to your help.