Who will win the Great British Bake Off 2018?

Who will win the Great British Bake Off 2018?

The winner of the Great British Bake-off will be, most probably, Prue Leith or Paul Hollywood.  As judges they have a high profile and the knock-on benefit of book sales and TV appearances is significant.  Paul Hollywood has allegedly amassed a fortune of £10m since joining the programme in 2010. 

More recently, I have noticed that my former boss, Prue Leith, who had swapped cookery books for writing novels – eight so far - has just published her first cookery book in 25 years.  The reason being that the TV bakers have inspired her to pick up her whisk once more.

The Great British Bake Off Final

The Great British Bake Off Final

Defeated by a social media muddle, the final of the Great British Bake Off was a slight anti-climax.  However, knowing what the outcome would be somehow took the edge off the anxiety when you want your favourite to win.  And in the end, it was the right person who came through.

Was it a Great British Bake Off?

Was it a Great British Bake Off?

With two Hollywood handshakes and a “style over substance” it was clear that not much has changed in the Great British Bake Off tent.  The innuendos were still there, cakes collapsed, the judges were suitably critical, the jokes were appalling and someone was sent home.

So a switch to Channel 4 has left life inside the tent pretty much as normal, with only a few brighter colours and some different faces reading from the same script, to make much of a difference. 

Mixing cuisine with culture during the Edinburgh Festival

Mixing cuisine with culture during the Edinburgh Festival

When the Festivals arrive in August the city turns upside-down, as tourists from all over the globe descend on Edinburgh for the largest arts festival in the world. It is a force of nature, passing through every corner of the city, and at ENTCS we get to be right in the middle of it. Literally!

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School puts the fun into festive

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School puts the fun into festive

As Christmas starts to make its presence felt everywhere, and thoughts are turning to menu planning for the big day, Edinburgh New Town Cookery School has the answer with a range of cookery courses and events designed for the festive season.

These are not only the ideal way to brush up on cooking and baking skills to take the stress out of Christmas, but are also the perfect way to celebrate with friends or work colleagues as an alternative party. Everyone leaves the baking classes with treats they have made themselves to give as presents or share with friends and family.

Technical Challenge!

Technical Challenge!

Like millions of others I love watching Great British Bake Off every week and it is interesting to watch the contestants from a professional point of view. Not just as someone who has written a book on all aspects of baking, but also as a teacher. I have one big beef with the format though. It frustrates me that when the contestants do their technical challenge they are not given all the instructions and it is usually the ones who have made elements of it before who shine, whilst the others who haven't just flounder!

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