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Should Bake Off feature more silver bakers?

The line-up for the new series of The Great British Bake Off is the youngest in the show’s history – and is comprised of 13 amateur bakers rather than the usual 12.

The baker’s dozen of hopefuls includes seven people in their 20s while the oldest contestant is 56, with an average age of 31 in the tent.

In previous years there have been contestants in their 60s and 70s, and the majority of line-ups have had an average age closer to 40.

The Great British Bake Off

The amateur bakers in this year’s The Great British Bake Off

The eldest contestant this year is HGV driver Phil, at just 56 years old.

He started taking baking seriously six years ago, despite having enjoyed baking bread in his home economics classes at school.Phil, who lives in Rainham, east London, with his wife and two daughters, regularly bakes four to five times a week, creating an array of breads including focaccia and brioche. Passionate about motorbikes as well as baking, he often turns up to his bike meetings with his edible creations.

He said that he has “yearned” to be on Bake Off for years and that a couple who are long-term friends of his will be very surprised he is in the series.

“They had been staying with us recently and said ‘you make such wonderful cakes’, but have never mentioned to me that I should go on Bake Off, so I think they haven’t a clue that I would be in it,” he said.

Would you like to see more silver bakers on your screen this series? Will it spoil your enjoyment – or will you even notice? Share your views on the new cast at Speakers Corner.

Should Bake Off feature more silver bakers?

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Hasse55
20th Sep 2019
0
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Surely this isn't about age.
jkrg123
6th Sep 2019
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I am a regular baker for Country Markets (formerly known as the Womens Institute Market) which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. There are many men and women who have baked regularly week in week out with often original and traditional home made recipes to supply their local market - there are many all over the country. The skill and knowledge invested by many of the producers who have contributed for decades and are now in their 80's is phenomenal and I just think it is such a shame that they have not been recognized over the years. The Country Markets are community enterprises which one can join for just 5p and they are a forum for cooperatively selling home made produce in baking and preserves but also a place to take surplus vegetables and plants with about the lowest 'footprint' you can get. If anyone would like to join their local CM I would encourage them to go along and have a chat!
Puglove
27th Aug 2019
3
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Age has nothing to do with it, it's the ability to bake/cook which in question. But from what I've read in the papers they all seem to be well above the average baker to set off with, which is a little disappointing as the show is supposed to be for your regular person trying to better themselves. Most if not all of this group already have accolades for their baking!
ecarg
26th Aug 2019
2
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If as in many things we say age doesn't matter why does it matter on Bake Off.
Is it a case of experience virsus fresh new ideas.
Personally I don't need to see people my age on a programme to enjoy it everybody has something to offer to the mix.
Yodama
24th Aug 2019
2
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All ages please, blimey, we are in our twilight years, don't airbrush us out completely.
Sabcat
23rd Aug 2019
0
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I have watched this programme religiously from the first one. However, I will not be watching in future. Not only because of channel 4s comments about wanting young viewers, but also because of their bias news reporting and comments made at the Edinburgh conference.
Yodama
24th Aug 2019
0
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With you on that....although, it would be fun to watch young bakers turning out really lovely bakes.
VeraS
23rd Aug 2019
2
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Yes there should be a mix of ages
tynes1der
23rd Aug 2019
3
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This programme needs less opinionated judges and more real cooking instead of weird looking cakes
Alicia
23rd Aug 2019
4
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How would I know, I never watch it !!!
David89
22nd Aug 2019
2
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Mmm.. Tricky question.. I think it is a shame that there is not such a wide mix of ages.. BUT.. Channel 4 Demographic has always been very different to Auntie. I always loved watching GBB on the BBC, but I can not be doing with all the advert breaks, so have not been so avid.. Perhaps it is because people like me have been failed to be converted that the average age has significantly dropped.. SO..Sorry everyone!
Marley444
20th Aug 2019
2
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I do think the balance is wrong this year personally - they usually try to ensure there is a broad representation from all walks of life, and diversity is what makes good TV viewing for a broad audience. I will miss the 'silver' bakers this year ... I think they add to the mix (excuse the pun) After all the majority of reality TV shows are aimed at the young generation such as Love Island and X-Factor - this is one show that welcomes all but not this time.
jeanmark
20th Aug 2019
0
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Thanks for clarifying that for me. To be honest I have never watched the programme and have no intention of starting. I just question if we now have to have representation from all sections of society to make an interesting programme.
jeanmark
20th Aug 2019
2
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Is age really an issue on a programme that focuses on baking?
Marley444
20th Aug 2019
0
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No it's not usually, however I think GBBO is produced to encourage TV viewing primarily and the skills of bakers come a close second after that. I don't think it will have the same feel without the senior bakers!
MrsPat
20th Aug 2019
2
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Of course its our generation that used to bake cakes rather than buy them-why? they were not for sale.
tynes1der
23rd Aug 2019
0
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My mum always bought cakes in the 50s from the baker next door as well as baking them

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