The new Bake Off: Crème de la Crème BBC2 programme seems to have split opinion among TV critics and the Twitterati. Tom Kerridge spoke to Lisa Jenkins hours before the first show.
Why did the BBC ask you to present a pastry programme?
Because I could be the link, I think. You've got amazing technical skills being presented by the competitors, and they are demonstrating methods that are unfamiliar, and because of some of the terminology, the standards, temperatures and terms (like pastillage and tempering). It was my job to convey that to the viewer in layman's terms. I'm similar to the viewer in that I can't do pastry at their level, but I can explain it in simpler terms to the viewer.
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