Millions of viewers who have their eyes glued to The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) every year will no doubt be thinking the same thing – what happens to the delicious cakes once the judges have tasted them?
With food waste becoming such a prevalent issue in the UK, and more than £16 billion of consumable products thrown out every year – according to VoucherCodes research – it is no surprise many of us are concerned the scrumptious treats contestants have spent hours baking might end up in the bin too.
However, cake fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it is not just judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith that get to sample the fantastic bakes, but the rest of the crew too.
The Metro reported the show’s chief home economist Faenia Moore as saying the contestants enjoy their sweet treats as well.
“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,” Ms Moore stated, adding: “Then any leftovers go to the crew’s lunch. Everyone gets quite excited.”
Previous GBBO finalist Kim-Joy revealed as much on The Big Fat Quiz of The Year in 2018.
She told the host of the Channel 4 panel show Jimmy Carr: “The crew will eat it. They’d know the best ones, so they all descend on the bake.”
Of course, even those cakes that do not get top scores from the judges deserve to be saved from the bin, including Michael Chakraverty’s not-so-successful cultured dairy cake in this series’ episode four.
The fitness instructor, who had been given the accolade of Star Baker the week before, failed to impress when his lemon cake got stuck in the tin and split in half when he tried to get it out. Ashamed of his bake, he told the cameras he wanted to throw it away as soon as Hollywood and Leith had taken a bite.
However, we hope the cake – however untidy it looked – was still enjoyed by the bakers and the crew, so GBBO does not contribute to the huge amount of food wasted in the UK every year.
The VoucherCodes statistics, published by The Daily Express, revealed households each throw out £6.84 worth of uneaten produce a week, with those in London typically chucking away more than £10 of food.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, which hands out surplus food from the food industry to more than 10,000 charities and community groups, spoke to the news provider about the problem.
“270,000 tons of food goes to waste within the industry each year, equivalent to 650 million meals,” Ms Boswell stated, adding: “At the same time, one in eight people in the UK, about eight million, struggles to afford to eat.”
One way to help combat this problem is to only buy what you need, especially if you have to regularly order from ready-made sandwich suppliers for corporate events or office lunches. People can often over-order to avoid anyone going hungry, which can lead to lots of sandwiches going to waste after the event comes to an end.