TV: The Great British Baking Show burned

UK-Japan News November 2020

The Great British Bake Show, a competition programme that challenges home bakers to create dishes according to themes, has been burned by its Japanese Week episode, which aired on Netflix on 30 October. The Independent reported on 28 October that the contestants’ creations were criticised for having little or no connection to Japan, instead making use of ingredients and flavours from Chinese and Indian cuisine. Many viewers voiced their feelings that the show was supporting the tendency to dump all Asia cultures into one pot. Japanese pastry chef Tomoko Kato, however, told Insider that she believes “there is room for both traditional and non-traditional in baking”.