Former charity director Will is the first contestant to be awarded the boot from the new series The Great British Bake Off as a new batch of amateur bakers are put to the test during cake week.
The opening episode of the Channel 4 show on Tuesday night saw 12 contestants tasked with baking 12 signature mini sandwiches, classic red velvet techniques and family-inspired performers. family.
Will, 45, from London, became the first person to leave the series after failing to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith with his signature ginger and caramel squares and reimagined final cake. his old north London apartment.
After his exit, he said: “Someone has to go first and obviously I’m disappointed but I’m proud to have made it.
“There is a lovely group of people that I have met and I have an experience that I can certainly talk about and share. I’m proud of it “.
While Janusz from Brighton, 34, was the first to be awarded the coveted baker star title after impressing the judges with Polish-inspired mini cakes and a boutique Showcasing the ornate decoration of his mother’s apartment and a balcony with colorful flowers.
After winning, he said that receiving the title for cake week meant “everything to him”.
The first contestants were challenged to create 12 identical mini sandwiches, with any sponge, flavor and filling they wanted, within two hours.
Dame Prue admitted that it appeared like “a pretty simple challenge”, but said what they were looking for was “a little bit of originality”.
Personal assistant Janusz drew inspiration from Polish heritage for her cake, combining pistachio and cherry vodka liqueurs to create her wuzetka.
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Dame Prue said it was “light and boozy” which for her was “perfect”, while Hollywood felt it was too much of an alcoholic taste for him.
Sandro, 30, who was born in Angola and works as a nanny in London, also impresses with her flowerpot-shaped chocolate sandwiches – what Hollywood describes as “rich and indulgent”.
However, Will ran into some problems when he forgot to turn on the timer in the oven and the buttercream split forced him to do it again.
Dame Prue later described her ginger and caramel squares as “a bit disappointing” and Hollywood deemed them “bland” with no heroic flavor.
In the technical round, they were instructed by Hollywood to create a red velvet cake with six layers in two hours, who described it as “classic” but reminded them to focus on the sponge and use of food coloring.
Cardiology research associate Syabira took the lead in the challenge of being judged blind, and Hollywood simply described her cake as “amazing”.
The 32-year-old baker, who moved from Malaysia to London, became emotional and said “my heart melted” after receiving the praise.
While James, a 25-year-old nuclear scientist from Cumbria, came in 12th along with Dame Prue explaining that they “didn’t really like the decoration” on his cake and “not enough cream in the middle”.
For the final showstopper challenge, they were tasked with creating a 3D replica of the house they lived in that had special meaning to them completely unused for four hours.
Will recreated his old north London flat made from alternating chocolate and orange sponges, but it failed to impress the judges.
Hollywood admitted that he had baked too many layers, adding: “I thought the chocolate could have been crunchier, prefer the orange, but it’s due to the baking process.”
Master’s student Rebs, 23, from County Antrim, also found herself at risk of disqualification after she failed to fully get the right flavor in her signature cake and her technique was described by Hollywood is “ridiculous”.
However, she brought everything back to her exhibit which is an Irish house with pina colada-style flavors and coconut rum spray to portray the classic Irish rain.
Hollywood noted that it was over-baked but said overall it “looked great” and “the flavor was beautifully presented”.
The Channel 4 show opens with a Star Wars-themed sketch in which host Noel Fielding depicts “Princess Layer Cake” with bagels on her ears to mimic her space bun hairstyle. Princess Leia and host Matt Lucas played “Luke Piewalker”.
Dame Prue takes on the role of Chewbacca in a fur costume while Hollywood takes on villain Darth Vader.
In this scene, Fielding holds out a piece of his fruit sponge served by an R2-D2-style robot, and Lucas jokingly replies, “I think you’ll eat a piece of that flan.”
The popular baking show has returned to Welford Park in Berkshire for this new series after two years of filming at Down Hall in Hatfield Heath, Essex.
The Great British Bake Off continues at 8 pm, every Tuesday on channel 4.
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