The Real Reason The Spring Baking Championship Uses Tents, According To Duff Goldman

If you've ever been fortunate enough to enjoy an episode of The Great British Baking Show, then you know the allure of The Baking Tent. Each episode of the show takes place in a tent outdoors rather than a standard indoor kitchen, with the elements making the science of baking a whole lot harder. 

And if you're the kind of fabulous person that enjoys The Great British Baking Show, then you probably also sat front-and-center with a slice of cake for the Spring Baking Championship premiere watch party this past week. 

For regular watchers of the series, one thing might be surprising in Season 7; host Duff Goldman has gone Great British Baking Show style, with the entire competition taking place in a tent outdoors.

When a viewer asked the famous pastry chef on Twitter why the season suddenly ditched the indoor set, Goldman explained that they weren't cutting corners to save on cost. Instead, he explained that "television is really hard to make during a pandemic so we're doing the best we can."

The Spring Baking Championship is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic

So, while the set change was less due to swapping out some scenery and more about protecting participants, we still understand: The show must go on, but safely, after all.

According to Variety, Spring Baking Championship was filmed at a California resort, but only after contestants and crew members passed some initial screenings. The whole group filmed the season while maintaining a quarantine Baking Championship bubble, which is a common trend in television cooking shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chef Kardea Brown will also join the judge's table for Season 7, and has echoed Duff Goldman's sentiment that Food Network is "doing the best [it] can" given the public health climate. She told Charleston City Paper that the crew picked a "beautiful tent to give everyone some more space."

Brown also joked that the new season has "that British bake-off flair to it." So if you've been itching for a new season of tasty, tent-set culinary drama, you may just get all that and more with Season 7 of Spring Baking Championship.