Engineering Meets Baking on Netflix’s Baking Impossible
Last week, my wife and I stumbled on a Netflix show called Baking Impossible. It’s one of those baking competition reality shows that seem to be multiplying by the minute. The thing that makes this one interesting and unique is that it combines engineering with baking.
There are nine teams on the show, each comprised of an engineer and a baker. You may recognize the main judge, Andrew Smyth, from The Great British Bakeoff. He serves as one of the Executive Producers for the show and appears to be the inspiration behind it. He himself is an aerospace engineer who obviously loves baking. Andrew is the coiner of the (groan-worthy) term “bakineer,” which is used throughout the program.
On the show, teams of bakineers are tasked with impossible baking “missions,” like creating edible boats, cars, skyscrapers, and mini-golf courses that can withstand various stress tests and the critical palates of the judges.
This is one of those shows that feels like a guilty pleasure, with lots of eye-rolling moments and general reality show foolishness. But I loved the engineering challenges and the absurd idea of making everything from edible materials. And it’s cool to see how far into the mainstream the maker movement has traveled, with microcontrollers, 3D printers, laser-cutters, servomotors, and the like showing up on programs like this.
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Hello! I’m Hannah Walden and I was on Baking Impossible as one of the engineers. I love your article and I’m actually a huge fan of the stuff you guys make!
My dad and I use your products to make a bunch of the stuff that got Netflix’s attention. One of those projects is called “The Porch Package Box”. This device is a way to stop porch pirates via big, wooden box that has a sensor that alerts us when a package has arrived at the house. The delivery display is a family photo where all of the eyes light up while a speaker blares “SOS” in Morse code! It’s a very fun project that I think you guys might want to check out!
We have a YouTube channel called Atomic Dairy if you want to see The Porch Package Box as well as many other cool techy projects.
Again, love your products and I really enjoyed this article!