Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to Grist, the legendary Great British Bakeoff outdoor cooking competition is on the verge of global warming as the UK experiences bouts of warm summer weather in July from anthropogenic CO2.
Another victim of global warming: "The Great British Baking Show"
By Kate Yoder on November 25, 2020
Try to remember the chicest selection of desserts you have ever seen. Now imagine what would happen if it sat outside in the summer heat for a few hours. Mousse would turn to mud, tiered cakes would slide and slide, and delicate chocolate decorations would melt into unrecognizable blobs.
The truth is, you don't have to imagine it – just watch the Great British Baking Show on Netflix, where making elaborate baked goods in the stifling heat has become the main drama. The show, the season finale for US viewers on Friday, was always filmed outdoors under an iconic white tent across England. But in 2020, a year before hell, the notoriously temperate British summer got too warm for the delicate baking process. Heat is now the show's main villain.
"It's like Satan's kitchen here," joked Laura Adlington, one of this year's bakers, in an episode filmed in July. After another sweaty day in the tent, Paul Hollywood – the judge with steely eyes who is known for his bread skills – told his colleagues that he had to "take off his jeans" at the end of the day. They winced and laughed uncomfortably.
The most notable example of this was the Week of the 1980s, an episode filmed that July that featured quiches, finger donuts, and ice cream cakes. (In the real 1980s – the decade that humanity almost solved, but not – climate change, the average global temperature was nearly 1 ° C cooler than it is today.) The Donut Challenge, which was filmed in the UK, is the third hottest All Time Day required participants to deep fry at temperatures close to 100 ° F. Candidate Marc Elliott held up his candy thermometer in one place and it registered 35.8 degrees C. "This is torture," Adlington said. "Whose idea was that?"
Read more: https://grist.org/food/another-victim-of-global-warming-the-great-british-baking-show/
I love the Great British Bakeoff; My wife hides all of the baking utensils after watching a few episodes to avoid turning all my excitement into a multi-day kitchen cleaning.
But here is a radical idea. How about filming the show in May instead of July instead of shutting down western civilization to save this legendary British baking competition?