The Great British Bake Off has been back on our screens since the end of August, which has brought pure and simple baking-related joy and sugary sweetness back into our lives.
As well as wondering where Noel Fielding gets his incredible jumpers, if Paul is purposefully using all of those innuendos and what Phil meant when he confessed that his wife was a ‘biscuit freak’, we also can’t help but wonder at the end of each episode what happens to all of the food that has been baked once the cameras stop rolling.
It was recently revealed that judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will consume 13,500 calories between them over the series despite only taking a couple of mouthfuls in each taste test. So they certainly won’t be tucking into any extra cake if they can help it.
So, what does happen to all of that leftover food on Bake Off after Paul and Prue have finished judging?
What happens to the food after Bake Off?
When former contestant Kim-Joy appeared on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year at the end of 2018, the GBBO finalist revealed what happened to all the baked goods after each episode had been recorded, finally putting our curiosity to rest on the matter.
In response to Jimmy Carr asking: ‘When you’ve finished with the cake and the judges have had a little bit, what happens to the cake?’
‘The crew will eat it,’ Kim-Joy said. ‘They’d know the best ones, so they all descend on the bake.’
The show’s Chief Home Economist, Faenia Moore, confirmed Kim-Joy’s confession but also revealed that the contestants themselves get to try their own creations, telling BBC Good Food: ‘It’s important for the bakers to eat what they’ve slaved over, so after each challenge I make up a ‘baker’s basket’ to go to their lunchroom.
‘Then any leftovers go to the crew’s lunch. Everyone gets quite excited.’
Chetna Makan, a GBBO contestant from the 2014 series, agreed with Faenia that the contestants definitely help make sure nothing goes to waste.
In an interview with Digital Spy she said: ‘It’s not just the cameramen who swarm over the food, we (the other contestants) definitely do it too.’
So that just leaves us with one more question – how do we get a job on the crew of Great British Bake Off?!
The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm.
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