***Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for The Great British Bake Off finale IN REAL UK TIME follow. Read at your own risk! Spoilers***
This is the end.
My baking friend…
The time has come, dear ones. We face not only the thrilling finale of this most glorious, Selasi filled season of The Great British Bake Off, but the end of the show altogether.
We gather here to see who, of Candice Of The Colourful Lipsticks, Andrew Of The Eternal Optimism and Jane Of The Good Old Traditions, will take home the final trophy of the final season of the best show in the whole world.
This will be the last time that we see these judges and these presenters together in a big white tent in a very fancy English garden and folks, my heart is breaking all over again.
Regardless who wins, and all the final contestants deserve to, today is a sad day.
Many of my friends over the pond (Hi, America!) fell in love with the show for one very simple reason; It’s just so nice. Everyone is friendly, the pace is laid back, the presenters are funny, the judges so caring. They’re hardly judges, really. They’re mentors, friends. They’ve always found something nice to say about even the most disastrous bake, even if it was just to offer condolences things didn’t go better.
No other reality cooking challenge show has been so universally beloved. No other show has presented such…genuine, honest kindness and decency across the board.
This show has broken barriers, has sparked the kind of public debate about the winners that (for the most part) makes your heart sing.
It’s given Britain, and the world, new heroes, ordinary people from ordinary lives who just really frikkin’ love to bake. It’s shown us that, unlike other talent shows, you don’t need to be a prodigy to shine and be a success. You just need passion and a warm heart, and the world will love you.
I am prouder than I can say to have loved and watched this show from the beginning, I am prouder than I can verbalise of the contestants, those who went home early and those who took home the prize.
I have loved every icing sugar coated moment of it.
Tonight is the end of an era. It will not be the end of the social movement the Bake Off inspires, because kindness, goodness, is inherent to the human condition. We will weep tonight, and tomorrow we will brush ourselves off and look forwards to what ever magical wonderfulness the BBC has in store for Mel, Sue and Mary.
As the old saying goes, ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’
It is a sad day. A sad ending to this ride.
But, folks…what a ride it was.
So, with a heavy heart but a bright eye for the future…Baaaaaake!