Baking

‘The Great British Baking Show’ needs a host like Ellie Taylor from ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’

For a long time I have been disturbed by the state of things on The great British pastry fair. The show remains a cozy balm thanks to its ever-charming contestants, but the energy has been dead in the tent for years. That’s mainly because the current paired presenters – Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas – bring chaos to everything they do. Matt and Noel harass bakers, deliberately ruin time calls, and honestly seem completely bored with what’s going on around them.

Matt and Noel’s failures as hosts only felt more evident after watching the final season of The big pottery jet on HBO Max. Substitute presenter Ellie Taylor, who replaced the injured (and formidable) Siobhán McSweeney, gave The big pottery jet everything The great British pastry fair Needs.

Basically, The great British pastry fair needs a host like Ellie Taylor (or Ellie Taylor herself).

The big pottery jet was created by Love Productions, the same production company that makes The great British pastry fair for Channel 4 and Netflix. At first glance, the shows are exactly the same. A dozen enthusiasts from across the UK gather in an idyllic location to take on tough challenges. One show focuses on baking and the other on pottery. That’s the only difference.

However, if you compare the most recent seasons of the two The great British pastry fair and The big pottery jetyou will notice that the energy of the shows is very different. The great British pastry fair embrace goofy energy, cutting burns and disasters. The big pottery jet has judges who openly cry over the work of contestants. The latter offers a softer and safer space for its competitors (and its public). And Ellie Taylor’s hosting style is emblematic of that.

Keith, Richard and Ellie in The Great Pottery Throw Down
Picture: HBO Max

The big pottery jet Season 5 opens with regular host Siobhán McSweeney explaining to judges Keith Brymer Jones and Richard Miller that she badly broke her leg in a biking accident and therefore can’t work much more. late in the season. Comedian and actress (and Ted Lasso love interest) Ellie Taylor comes forward as a replacement. From the jump, Taylor is interested in supporting the show’s contestants and making herself the butt of her jokes. She pokes fun at her own ignorance about pottery, enthusiastically encourages potters to keep going through tough times, and even makes sure everyone gets their creations to the drying room on time. You know how Matt and Noel started making captions absurd? Taylor only seems to cheat time when she shoots the last few seconds to save a potter’s neck.

At one point in the first episode, Ellie Taylor jumps into the pottery yelling, “Try! Try!” to competitors. The supporting energy surprised me because I’m used to Matt and Noel deliberately sabotaging the bakers with distracting tunes. It was then that I realized that Ellie Taylor would be an amazing addition to the Pastry shop attempted. (Usual Discard presenter Siobhán McSweeney would be too, but she already has a regular gig with Love Productions. This is not the case of Ellie Taylor! She doesn’t even have a regular spot on Ted Lasso tie it up! Ellie Taylor is probably extremely available to pitch the tent this summer!)

I’m sure it’s wishful thinking to hope that Love Productions saw how successful Taylor was in her guest role and put two and two together. There are probably contracts tying Matt and Noel to the show and Ellie could very well have another gig planned. But if nothing else, his hosting style is what The great British pastry fair is missing. She’s silly and whimsical, but most importantly, she’s kind.