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If you loved Great British Bake Off, watch this Netflix show now

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One of my favorite things about the Great British Bake Off  (and I’ve gobbled up every season) is the camaraderie that blunts some …
One of my favorite things about the Great British Bake Off (and I’ve gobbled up every season) is the camaraderie that blunts some of the more toxic elements of competition shows, while still letting contestants’ stunning baking achievements shine. A new Netflix TV series, School of Chocolate, takes GBBO a step further, in one sense, by turning the competition on its head. It simply eliminates the elimination. In the opposite of cutthroat competition, everyone gets to stay in the tent. Nobody is asked to pack their whisks and go. The result is somehow richer, more impressive and more compelling than watching contestants get picked off one by one — which, if you think about it, is actually pretty boring compared with seeing devastatingly beautiful chocolate art unfold (although the people who spent literal billions of hours watching Squid Game may disagree). Hosted by Swiss-born chef Amaury Guichon, whose TikTok videos of amazingly intricate and realistic chocolate creations garner millions of views, School of Chocolate is a masterclass in technique that eight professional pastry chefs — and all of us — get to see firsthand. Chocolate sculpture with interactive hinges. A chocolate octopus that looks impossibly real (pictured below). Edible surprises layered within clever cakes that are both instantly mouthwatering and too gorgeous to eat.

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