I think it is a good 2 or 3 series since we have had exceptional contestants. They are very good but that extra level that some series and contestants had hasn't been there for a while.
It's still enjoyable, and part of me likes that the finished bakes are not pristine to the level of professional but I know what you mean.
I has improved now we are back to looking for who succeeds the most with a bake unlike the last few years when it was all about who failed the least. The back to basics approach has worked and hopefully that will bring some better bakes in future years.