‘Great British Bake Off’ Had a ‘Japanese Week’ Episode and Many Mistakes Were Made
The first day of “The Great British Bake Off” for its 11th season was off to a rocky start after many social media users called the show out for being culturally insensitive during its “Japanese Week.”
What happened: The Oct. 27 episode was the first for the show’s Japanese Week where contestants were tasked to create dishes inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, according to The Independent.
“It’s Japan week here on Bake Off so Laura’s filling her buns with Chinese-style pork because, y’know, like whatever, right?” #GBBO
Each contestant was required to go through three different challenges, which included signature, layered technical and showstopper — the latter requiring them to make something “kawaii” or cute in Japanese, Radio Times reported.
Confusion ensued when the show asked the contestants to make eight steamed buns, a dish originating from China, for the signature challenge, Eater London recapped.
The contestants exchanged Japanese flavors for Indian ingredients, such as turmeric, and Chinese stir-fry flavors.
Baker Hermine, one of the seven contestants remaining, shaped her steamed buns into pandas for her showstopper. Two other contestants took inspiration from American cheeseburgers.
Online outrage: Several viewers took to social media to express their outrage on how “The Great British Bake Off” veered away from the Japanese-inspired culinary challenges.
50% of contestants seem to be making Chinese inspired dishes in #GBBO Japanese Week & I don’t currently have the energy to even explain why this is racist 🤭@greatbbakeoff
Disappointed with Japanese Week so far! Completely ignored the Chinese roots of Japanese steamed buns and the technical is French but they deem it Japanese because they threw matcha in it 🤦🏻♀️ A huge disservice to actual Japanese baking #GBBO
British television always places Japan as the bastion of the East, but it is a little embarrassing that Japanense Week is just a Hodge Podge of ‘asian shit’ shoved into a steamed bun which is ultimately acknowledged as Chinese everywhere. #GBBOpic.twitter.com/hTIgoZ5WSD
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