According to Imdad and Amourdoux, to confirm that they can handle the stress of competing and the possibility of the show catapulting them to fame, the remaining 30 to 40 bakers in consideration must meet with a psychologist. From there, the group is whittled down to the 12 or 13 accepted applicants.
How many people apply bake off?
Over 12,000 people apply to the show each year.
Of those 12,000 applicants, 300 to 400 people get a first-round audition, and 50 to 60 applicants make it to the second round. The final 12 are picked after the filmed technical challenge. The show looks for bakers with traditional skills who also use new techniques.
How are contestants chosen for Great British Bake Off?
Amateur bakers who applied to appear in the show are first assessed by a researcher, followed by an audition in London with two of their bakes. They then undergo a screen test and an interview with a producer. A second audition involves the applicants baking two recipes for the judges in front of the cameras.
Who bakes the example cakes on Bake Off?
As reported in The Mirror, the perfect cakes that are shown off as examples to contestants on the show aren’t made by the judging duo, but instead made by outside bakers. In fact, Paul and Mary apparently sit in hair and make up while this is all done.