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Great British Bake Off star explains why contestants are banned from wearing one item in the tent

Birmingham Mail 10/04/2022 Katy Hallam
Jamie Finn on Great British Bake Off © Channel 4 Jamie Finn on Great British Bake Off

We've paid close attention to their baking skills over the last 12 years, but have you ever noticed that none of the contestants on the Great British Bake Off have ever worn a watch? There's a simple reason - they aren't allowed to.

It all comes down to the tricks of filming the hit Channel 4 show, judged by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The production team needs to be able to nearly slice segments together, so watches are banned so they don't ruin the continuity of the shots.

Jamie Finn, a student from the 2019 contest, spoke about several behind-the-scenes tricks used by the crews. He told The Sun : “It’s really hard to keep track of the time because you cannot wear your watch for continuity reasons. However, you are allowed a stopwatch.


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“You are allowed to have a wristwatch in your drawer but there’s so much going on it’s hard to go over and check it.” He also spilled the beans on how recipes get checked before the show.

Jamie said: “You can’t use recipes that already exist. You have to make your own and create something that is brand new.

“They will check your recipe to make sure you haven’t stolen it from anywhere and that it isn’t online already too. It’s for legal reasons.”

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