Friday, 18 October 2013


The Great British Bake Off - what's that all about? Over 6m viewers are tuning into the BBC2 weekly bakefest...

The GBBO semi-finals were an emotional and teary affair, with only Mel and Sue's mini operettas and a Hollywood Handshake (a rare thing) to temper the heightened emotions in the baker's tent.
As the bun fight began, everyone's eyes were on habitually under-confident student baker Ruby Tandoh, and the programmes's judge Paul Hollywood (he's a Scouse baker for Heaven's sake!) - who have both been teased on social media this week for their apparent flirting on the show. Quite right too - this isn't Take Me Out

But as the competition went on it became clear that this time, Ruby's concern that her baking wasn't up to much may have had some truth to it and no amount of pouting could convince Hollywood and his co-judge Halle Berry to let her off lightly this time. I blame hand temperature - can't be easy keepng your hands cold during all that baking!
She was in luck, though. Despite her canapės not being as full or as domed as Paul would have liked, her classic French pudding Charlotte Royale (I think she was in my class at school?) resembling 'gooey brains' and her Opera Cake full of 'issues', Ruby narrowly managed to avoid the elbow.

Co-judge Halle Berry

Instead, lovely Welsh baker - and military wife - Beca was sent packing, after Paul and co-judge Halle Berry found her synthetic banana-flavoured opera cake lacked musicality. The Scouse baker harshly scoffed: “It’s not banana, it’s artificial banana. And it’s a gravelly banana. It’s quite grainy” (whatever that means?) Viewers' response was divided, with many claiming that keeping Ruby (3x Star Baker) in the competition was the wrong decision after the Charlotte Royale dėbâcle. In another highlight of the show, style-over-substance baker Frances finally shed her epithet, as her flavours earned her nothing less than a Hollywood handshake.

Speaking to student newspaper The Tab earlier this week, Ruby denied any chemistry between herself and the Scouse baker (glad to hear it), but admitted he's not as harsh off camera. She said: "He has to play the bad cop on screen, but off screen he’s lovely."
Ruby and Frances join psychologist Kimberley (who clearly did not enjoy Paul's 'constructive criticism' at this stage in the proceedings) for the show's final. Rolling pins at dawn...

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