The Great British Bake Off has faced backlash for its inaugural “Japanese Week” with people slamming the episode as “ignorant and racist”.
The baking show set three Japanese-inspired challenges for the contestants on Tuesday’s episode – steam buns, a matcha mille crepe cake and a “kawaii” show-stopper round.
But during the steam bun challenge, some of the contestants used non-Japanese Asian-inspired flavours.
For example, one contestant made Chinese style pork buns while another used Indian-inspired ingredients like smoked paprika, mango chutney and apple sweetened lentil dahl.
And people thought it was “ignorant and racist”.
As well as cultural appropriation:
While another contestant was called out for decorating her steam buns as pandas – which are from China, not Japan.
GBBO has yet to publicly comment on the backlash.