The Great British Baking Show Season 10: Release Date, Cast And More For The Return Of Your Favorite Comfort Watch

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On your marks, get set, bake! If you've been missing the comforts of "The Great British Baking Show" (or "The Great British Bake Off" if you're a stickler for the UK title), you have a reason to get out those celebratory sprinkles. Netflix has announced the premiere date for season 10 of the series. If you haven't watched yet, do your blood pressure a favor and settle in for some comfort. (Note: the seasons aren't numbered the same for the UK version.)

Paul Hollywood's wolfish stare and coveted handshake return, along with Prue Leith's warm compliments and delightfully colorful outfits. Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will also be back, with some saucy jokes and skits about bread week. Get out your best apron, remember not to over whip, and avoid soggy bottoms. Let's dive into the new season of "The Great British Baking Show." 

What is The Great British Baking Show about?

"The Great British Baking Show" is a reality baking competition that takes place in a tent on an estate in England. The contestants are amateur bakers from all over the UK. Each week there are three legs to the contest. First, there is a "signature" challenge where the bakers interpret a dish. Then, there is a "technical" challenge, where they have no idea what they're about to cook. In the final "showstopper" challenge, they are given a theme, and have to make something remarkable, like a bread sculpture or an illusion cake. (That's one where it appears to defy gravity.) The bakers do get to practice the signature and showstopper challenges at home, but the technical is a rough one. Often the bakers haven't heard of the item, or get vague instructions like, "make a choux pastry." 

It sounds cutthroat, but the very genius of this series is that it is the exact opposite. The prize is nothing more than a cake plate (and the adoration of the entire world of baking fans). Mostly, these bakers are here to prove something to themselves. The loveliest thing about this series is how supportive everyone is to each other. They're competing, sure, but mostly they help each other finish their bakes and support one another. The hugs on this show are so heartwarming that you might find yourself feeling like you aren't living in the wrong timeline for a bit. 

All the while, Fielding and Lucas wander the tent, encouraging the bakers, making jokes, and goofing off. The jokes are politely dirty more often than not, but what can you do? When terms like "soggy bottom," "stiffened peaks," and "filling holes" used so often, it's impossible to resist.

The cast and crew of The Great British Baking Show

In addition to the cooking competition's hosts and judges, "The Great British Baking Show" season 10 gives us 12 new amateur bakers:

• Abdul: a 29-year-old Londoner, raised in Saudi Arabia. He's a space fan and an electronics engineer who loves to do salsa dancing.

• Carole: a 59-year-old supermarket cashier from Dorset whose local radio show segment, "Compost Carole," has her talking about gardening.

• Dawn: a 60-year-old IT manager from Bedfordshire. She has three kids, two step-kids, and four grandchildren, and loves illusion cakes.

• James: a 25-year-old nuclear scientist from Cumbria who grew up in Glasgow. He loves "child-friendly horror" dessert decoration.

• Janusz: a 34-year-old personal assistant from East Sussex who grew up in Poland. He lives with his boyfriend and was inspired by his mom's baking. He loves watching drag.

• Kevin: a 33-year-old music teacher from Lanarkshire whose family loves to play boardgames. He plays saxophone, flute, piano, and clarinet.

• Maisam: an 18-year-old student and sales assistant from Greater Manchester, originally from Libya. She speaks five languages and is learning two more.

• Maxy: a 29-year-old architectural assistant from London with a master's degree in architecture, and two daughters.

• Rebs: a 23-year-old masters student from County Antrim in Ireland. She can Irish dance and play the tin whistle, and bakes to calm her stress.

• Sandro: a 30-year-old nanny from London, born in Angola. Sandro is a boxer who has also done ballet and breakdance. He started baking as a form of therapy.

• Syabira: a 32-year-old cardiovascular research associate from London, born in Malaysia. She loves to game, particularly in an online WWII simulation game.

• Will: a 45-year-old former charity director from London who grew up outside Bristol. He lives with his wife, kids and cat, and loves DIY and carpentry.

Release date and where to watch The Great British Baking Show season 10

"The Great British Baking Show" will return to Netflix with season 10 on September 16, 2022. Every Friday, a new episode (for a total of 10) will premiere. The episodes are 60 minutes long, giving you plenty of time to relax on the couch. Just make sure you have a few snacks on hand, because the food looks so good that you're going to crave sugar by the truckload. 

At the moment, Netflix has seasons 5 to 9 streaming, if you want to do a rewatch. Plus, there is "The Great British Baking Show Holidays" with short seasons and returning contestants, and the "Junior Bake Off," with adorable children who are just as lovely as the adults. 

When you watch each season, make sure to stay for the credits of the final episode. The show gives updates on how the bakers all became friends, where they are now, and how many of them have gone to visit their competitors, or taken trips together. It's wholesome until the very last moment.   

The finale will run on November 18, 2022.