Great British Bake Off contestants can breathe a sigh of relief on Tuesday after it was revealed that no bakers had been dropped from the show.
the third episode of the Channel 4 show saw eight contestants tasked with baking two signature pizzas, a technique challenge made with raisins, and a Swedish Smorgastarta decorator.
At the start of the show, co-host Matt Lucas told the contestants that baker Rebs, a master’s student from Northern Ireland, and electrical engineer Abdul were feeling “uncomfortable” and would return. compete again next week.
During the deliberations, judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith said the final three bakers were “so even” that they had to look closely at their scores when deciding who would leave the competition.
Dame Prue added that the showstopper challenge was “one of the hardest” she has ever assessed.
When it was time to eliminate a contestant, presenter Lucas said: “Nobody’s coming home this week. The judges felt the quality and the fact that Rebs and Abdul weren’t here, everyone deserves a chance to re-bake. “
Dame Prue later confirmed that at some point two amateur bakers would have to be eliminated from the same show.
She said: “It was all a thrill because no one had to go, they were all friends, they didn’t want to see their friends come home.
“But sooner or later, we have to send two bakers home and that’s not going well.”
It’s also good news for 34-year-old personal assistant Janusz, who has been awarded the coveted baking star title for the second time after impressing the judges with her artistry.
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Hollywood said: “Janusz is very artistic, almost illusory in some of his cakes. He’s smart and he’s definitely one to watch in the future. “
The first challenge saw contestants create two equally sized pizzas in two hours, taking inspiration from around the world.
The contestants chose a variety of pizza toppings, with Janusz creating a Full English Breakfast pizza, Carole taking inspiration from the French tartiflette, and Syabira choosing to create a shrimp sambal pizza. of Malaysia.
In the technical challenge, contestants were tasked with making 12 identical sore raisins with a “smooth creme patissiere,” which Hollywood specified he “didn’t want a tail.”
“You have to be quick and precise with this recipe,” he adds.
Engineering was won by Polish-born Janusz, with architectural assistant Maxy in second and nuclear scientist James in third.
“I can’t believe I got first place in technique during bread week because bread is amazing, it has a mind of its own,” says Janusz.
For the final demonstration challenge, they were tasked with creating their “own interpretation” of the Smorgastarta sandwich, a savory Swedish celebratory cake.
Hollywood describes it as “bread with a savory filling” while Dame Pure added: “It looks like a cake but tastes like a sandwich.”
Janusz’s fish and chip shop inspired Smorgastarta with an ice-cold curry sauce that made Dame Prue “profitable” after she initially considered the idea “disgusting”.
Meanwhile, Swedish-born Maxy’s seafood sandwich was described as “messy” but impressed the judges with two different cakes.
Kevin’s Smorgastarta-inspired fish cake was topped with a garnished cucumber fisherman but failed to impress the judges as his bread was deemed “over-baked and dry”. .
Speaking of Syabira’s Malaysia-inspired Nasi Lemak Smorgastarta, Dame Prue said: “It looks absolutely incredible, it’s beautifully built, it’s really original, it’s amazing.”
The popular baking show has returned to Welford Park in Berkshire for this 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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