Nailed It!


Jahlea Douglas

This heart shaped sugar cookie covered with icing and surrounded by sprinkles is a true depiction of what can be found on the Netflix show, “Nailed It!”

Jahlea Douglas, Editor-in-chief

“Nailed It!” Is truly a baking show that makes each and every viewer feel good about themselves. This Netflix Original, which premiered in 2018, celebrates the disasters created by three contestants competing to win the grand prize of $10,000. 

This baking show sets each contestant up for failure as they are given daunting tasks of creating a coffectionary item in round one called “Baker’s Choice,” and an extremely complicated cake from scratch in round two called “Nailed It! Or Failed It!” All of which must be done in a short amount of time. For round one, the contestants have one hour and in round two they are given one extra hour, totaling out to two hours. 

Because of the large amount of pressure that is put on the bakers, they are each given step-by-step instructions that detail how to create their confection. Yet, that is never enough as the contestants mess-up simple directions: mistaking powder sugar for granulated sugar or forgetting simple steps such as adding eggs to a cake batter. And every once in awhile, a baker will appear on the show who can’t even figure out how to use the Kitchenaid mixer, resulting in each sorry dessert cracking, crumbling, and toppling over at the last second. 

Each round is judged by two hosts, Nicole Byers and Jacques Torres, and a special guest. Comedian, Nicole Byers, brings the show alive as she introduces both the bakers and the task they are given. Her unforgettable laugh, facial expressions, and small amount of sympathy keeps the viewers intrigued. While pastry chef, Jacques Torres, gives limited advice to each baker, instead he laughs along with Nicole, and gives a tutorial for the viewers on how to make each intricate dessert. 

At the end of each round, the viewer is reminded of what the bakers were supposed to create and then showed what was actually created, followed by the words, “Nailed It!” with a sarcastic tone.

This baking show represents what truly happens while baking Pinterest perfect desserts, messy kitchens and all, which is completely different from any other baking show that exists. The only relation “Nailed It!” has to any other cooking show would be that there is a “winner,” or otherwise known as “the best, worst baker,” who wins a grand prize of $10,000. 

“Nailed It!” is the perfect show for anyone who enjoys honesty, a good laugh, and bad baking. Overall, I rate this Netflix Original, ten Greenfields out of ten. 

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