Britain’s Best Home Cook made it’s hotly-antcipated debut on the BBC tonight – and it felt very familiar to viewers.
The show sets out to find the best amateur cook in the country from a selection of 1-10 people skilled in different cuisines.
The contestants take their places in rows of worktops and compete to impress Mary Berry, drawing comparisons to the BBC’s former flagship cookery show the Great British Bake Off.
One viewer called it ‘Bake Off clone number 574672626’ while another said it was ‘Bake Off with burgers’.
Britain’s Best Home Cook started tonight on the BBC and drew comparisons to Bake Off Pictured, l-r: Josie, Fiona, Chris Bavin, Trevor, Cyrus, Katie, Mary Berry, Tobi, Philip, Q, Dan Doherty, Pippa, Claudia Winkleman, Dipa
Dozens of viewers compared the set, tasks and even the presenting styles to Bake Off
In the first episode the cooks were set two different challenges before the bottom four had to battle for the chance to remain in the competition.
The series began with the contestants standing in a row donning blue aprons receiving a warm welcome from host Claudia Winkleman who then introduced them to former Bake Off judge Mary Berry.
As they were put to work on their first challenge the amateur chefs took their places at workstations complete with their own ovens and fridges.
While they were getting their food ready for the ‘ultimate burger’ task, Claudia offered words of encouragements while cracking rude jokes, which drew comparisons to former GBBO anchors Mel and Sue’s presenting style.
But the show drew praise from viewers despite the comparisons to its predecessor
Mary even slipped in her trademark innuendos, telling one contestant she wasn’t a ‘hot and spicy person’, while a segment about cooking with nuts raised a few eyebrows.
It bore remarkable similarities to the hugely successful Bake Off format which, didn’t go unnoticed by viewers.
One tweeted: ‘I’m getting serious Great British Bake Off vibes, and not just cos Mary Berry’s on it.’
‘I quite like Bake Off clone number 574672626,’ another tweeted.
A third wrote: ‘They’ve more or less given The Bake Off back to Mary.’
‘Bake off with Burgers what’s not to like!’ a fourth joked.
Many even said the new series was like a hybrid of Bake Off and Masterchef, another of the BBC’s cookery series
Many even said the new show was like a hybrid of Bake Off and Masterchef, another BBC series.
Despite viewer observations the show did have a slightly different format, as the contestants were all staying in the same house during filming even video diaries about their places in the competition.
It also had a different judging lineup, as Mary was joined by produce expert Chris Bevan and chef Dan Doherty.
It drew a lot of praise from viewers, who were happy to see Mary Berry back onscreen.
One said: ‘Catching up with BBHC. Love the relaxed format. Claudia is fab.’
Mary previously refuted claims that the two shows were similar, calling her new series ‘totally different’ to Bake Off
Claudia Winkelman’s presenting styles were compared to Mel and Sue on the Bake Off, as she whizzed around the room encouraging contestants
Mary Berry chatted to the cooks and asked them what they were making, which also drew comparisons to her old show
‘Loving it so far. Love this format,’ another wrote.
A third agreed: ‘I really enjoyed BBHC. it’s nice to see the positivity from the judges and I love Mary.’
Mary previously refuted claims that her new show is anything like Bake Off, calling it ‘totally different’.
She said: ‘Bake Off is all about cakes and baking and it has got quite complicated and having all sorts of different equipment in order to ice and to flavour and to colour and to become very intricate.’
Mary was joined by produce expert Chris Bevan and chef Dan Doherty on the judging lineup
The judges chose the bottom four contestants who had to compete in one final challenge to stay in the competition
The show differed from Bake Off in that all of the contestants shared a house during filming