New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker – Season 3, Episode 1
YAY! YAY! YAY!
NZHHB IS BACK! it makes me want to:
Tonight’s episode saw twenty chosen hopefuls battle it out for a spot in the top 8. Those on the couch with me tonight commented on the increase in males this season and with regards to one in particular… I should just get it out there now that I must have said “OH THOSE EYES” about 100 times – dreamy eyes. Right?
Ok, I’ll stop being a gushy 12 year old. On to my thoughts!
There was a lot more diversity this year and my impression was that it was on average a younger crowd too. Great to see the Vegans and Gluten free eaters being represented and even though she didn’t get through – Bex I would love your gluten free brownie recipe. Gluten free can be SO hard to get right.
I noticed there were a few of the top 20 that we didn’t get introduced to at all! That must be a bit of a downer for them but I can imagine it is not easy to cut several hours of footage down to just the best bits.
I think the contestants that got us talking the most (apart from MR EYES) were the twins – Jazmine & Morgan. How kiwi were they! Entertainment value for sure. Loved that they were on the show.
I really felt for Rose. I would have given up for sure but she just persevered. Absolutely the right choice to edit her presentation down to just one slice. Some times the messes are still delish.
Great to have Dean back again. He seems to be the right mix of fun and professional. There was a moment I thought he was being a bit smarmy though?
We Googled Julia during an ad break as her company only rang a faint bell… and then I realised I had used her Bottled Chocolate Ganache before. Amazing stuff. You can check out her company here.
I’ll miss Jade Lipton though as she gave a great working with fondant tutorial last year and I was hoping to see more of her work.
Quick mention about Colin here, not much of him in this episode but love your work! I can’t actually picture anyone else hosting this show now. I think they should make him BAKE!
I was stoked to see them in what appeared to be an a training school or cooking institute. We commented on how plain the walls were and wondered if they would improve the set as the season went on and then we saw the preview for next week! Looks like they are back in the same warehouse set up as last year. Time will tell.
Quote of the night goes to Dean “I’ve had better” OUCH!
Quote from my couch goes to “Is that what vegan poo’s look like?” – all in good spirit of course…
The AMAZEBALLS award definitely goes to Esme for that flawless cake. Understated beauty!
Really looking forward to next weeks episode, as an early pic we’ve pegged Esme & Hamish as front runners but it really might be too soon to tell.
What did you think of the episode tonight? Would you have crumbled under the pressure? Do you blind bake your pastry? What would you have made?
Let me know! I’m off to figure out if I can make a Cherry Ripe Cake!