BBC2 to make Bake Off: The Professionals

The makers of The Great British Bake Off have scoured the country for teams of professional pastry chefs to take part in a new series

The Great British Bake Off turned us into a nation of amateur bakers. Now the makers of the show are planning to show us just how tough it is to turn pro in patisserie.

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Love Productions are in the process of making Bake Off: The Professionals for BBC2, featuring teams of working pastry chefs challenged to create some of the best desserts, cakes and pastries in Britain.

The makers of Bake Off put out a casting call in June asking for people to take part in the planned new show. 

“We are looking for teams of three people to take part in a new series to find Britain’s best pastry chefs,” the flyer reads. “Whether you work in the best hotels, restaurants, top patisseries or high end supplier – we could love to hear from you.”

The series will “give professional pastry chefs across the country a platform to showcase their skill, passion and artistic flair in front of a TV audience. This will be an exciting celebration of patisserie in Britain and the people who dedicate their lives to their profession.”

The application form explains that the producers are looking for teams of three led by a team captain who must be “of senior/head pastry chef level” and still working regularly in a professional kitchen. The other team members can be working at any other level. 

The programme makers have yet to confirm who will judge the contestants, but the form does point out that teams will have to be prepared to take on challenges with “little or not advance warning or preparation time” – just like Bake Off’s technical challenges.

Bake Off: The Professionals (working title) will follow in the footsteps of another BBC culinary spin-off, MasterChef: The Professionals. The new show is still in the early stages of production, but the first window for applications has already closed. Filming is currently scheduled to take place in August 2015.

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The Great British Bake Off returns to BBC1 on Wednesday 5th August