The first step to applying for Great British Bake Off is to fill out an extensive online application and agree to all of the rules, including a confidentiality agreement. If you make it through the written portion, there are then multiple rounds of auditions.
Contestant Jordan Fox revealed the next step after the application was a phone call. "It came at about 7 p.m. on a Tuesday and lasted for approximately an hour: we discussed my baking, hobbies, and work life. They even tested my baking skills, asking me to describe how to make a few baking staples off the top of my head."
From there it gets even more intense. Holly Brooke-Smith, writer for BBC Good Food, spoke with series producer, Sam Beddoes, who described the process in detail. "More than 12,000 people applied this year. Everyone sends in a form and we call those who we think are serious bakers. The show takes over their lives as the filming is done at weekends. About 300-400 people make it through to the first round of auditions, when they bring two bakes along. After a screen test, we invite 50-60 people to a second audition, where we give them a technical challenge and shove cameras in their faces, to see if they can talk and bake at the same time. When we're filming, we're the equivalent of an annoying child who wants your attention constantly."
One of the last steps is a psych evaluation. Judith Burns of BBC News writes, "Successful applicants also undergo psychological assessments to make sure they can cope with the pressure that comes with exposure on prime-time TV."