It’s the worst kept secret on the Great British Bake Off. Now, this year’s star Rowan Williams has spoken about contestants being required to wear the same clothes two days in a row while filming.
Each episode of the Channel 4 show is filmed on two separate days, with bakers, presenters and judges wearing the same outfits for the duration.
It means bakers are required to wash their outfits overnight, or slum it and wear day-old clothes while filming the Showstopper challenge.
Rowan told Metro.co.uk it can be a real problem, particularly when things get hot and bothered in the tent.
He said: ‘It’s not ideal. Especially when the tent got so hot. You just wash your shirt out at night and hope it dried in time.’
The baker also questioned the reasons behind the outfit repeating, saying he’s unsure why the show insists on keeping the illusion alive.
‘I mean, everybody knows that it’s over two days. So I don’t know why they like to keep the illusion it’s all filmed on one long day,’ he said.
It’s thought that contestants are required to wear the same outfits purely for continuity purposes, but Rowan is not the first baker to complain about the rules on the show.
Former Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah said in a post for Metro.co.uk last year that the policy had him concerned about ‘sweaty days’ in the competition.
‘I was very worried about a sweaty day in the tent so would spend the evening after the first day of filming hand washing my tops in my hotel room sink with a bar of hotel soap and then dry them on the radiator overnight ready for the next day’s filming,’ he said. ‘I was a savvy banker and didn’t splash out on two of the same item of clothing.’
Rowan also spoke about life in the Bake Off bubble, from practicing his creations in kitchens with no hot water, to getting up at 5am for demanding shoots on the show.
Great British Bake Off continues Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.
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