The Nice British Bake Off has topped one other winner and packed away the enduring tent following the finale of collection 13.

Novice baker Syabira Yusoff took the highest prize in Channel 4’s flagship present final night time, after beating rival finalists Abdul Rehman Sharif and Sandro Farmhouse within the battle to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

However whereas Yusoff’s successful orangutan-inspired cake was broadly praised, Bake Off has turn into an “more and more stale confection”, mentioned The Telegraph’s Michael Hogan. “It’s no coincidence that rankings are down by 1.3m on final 12 months,” he added.

Misplaced ‘core values’

“It was once the occasion of the season,” mentioned Jess Austin in Metro. However “whereas the bakers are as sensible as ever, it feels just like the present has misplaced its identification and what actually made it particular”. Like many critics, Austin blames the downturn on the departures of presenting duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and their successor Sandi Toksvig.

Present hosts “Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas appear extra involved with being ‘humorous’ and fewer just like the mates-to-the-bakers that Mel, Sue and Sandi had been”, argued Austin. And what “used to really feel like a heat hug from a good friend” now “appears like a clumsy interplay with a stranger”.

The Guardian’s Scott Bryan agreed that “there was one thing actually improper with The Nice British Bake Off this 12 months”.The contestants “have as soon as once more been a delight”, however “ridiculously excessive expectations and harsh judging” have taken their toll, he wrote. 

“This has been removed from a classic collection,” mentioned The Telegraph’s Hogan. The present did at the least “finish on a excessive” by “delivering a tense closing and worthy winner”, however the “stale franchise must get again to its core values of cake and kindness”.

‘Culturally insensitive’

The newest Bake Off contestants confronted a collection of ever-more diverse challenges, together with making spring rolls, ice cream and even s’mores. Selection is all properly and good, mentioned Judy Berman in Time, however these duties “don’t a lot stretch the definition of the phrase baking as brazenly mock it”.

The challenges had been “fiddly” and among the timing of themes was odd, mentioned Hogan in The Telegraph, with “Hallowe’en Week aired two weeks earlier than Hallowe’en”.

Worse but was Mexican Week, which “managed to offend a complete nation”, in response to Hogan. In a overview in the identical paper, Craig Simpson described the Mexican-themed episode as “culturally insensitive”, after presenters Lucas and Fielding “wore sombreros and sarapes (vibrant cloaks)”, performed the maracas and made “puns about not having the ability to make even ‘Juan’ joke about Mexico”.

In a scathing criticism in Metro, Austin accused the duo of “taking the piss out of minorities and totally different cultures”.

If Bake Off “goes to maintain me – and loads of different followers – watching”, she warned, “we have to see change”.