Bread week always brings drama on BBC's Great British Bake Off... And last night was no exception as youngest contestant Michael was banished from the tent...
Despite wowing the judges with her epic gingerbread pub last week – complete with pool table and that infamous ‘sticky’ carpet – Great British Bake Off favourite Candice Brown was reduced to tears in this weeks dreaded bread challenge.
Back in her trademark lippy, the PE teacher from Bedford failed to impress judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, with her slightly (okay very) underbaked chocolate filled balls and a dissapointing mozzarella and olive plaited loaf.
Although the 31-year-old managed to bag bronze in the technical challenge with her near perfect doughy balls – we’re still not sure what an earth a dampfnudel is – Candice sobbed to fellow contestant’s that she ‘needed a miracle’ after convincing herself she was on her way out of the tent.
But it was GBBO’s youngest contestant (and most adorable) Michael Georgiou, who had to bid farewell to his fellow bakers as he became the third person to face the chop.
The 20-year-old Durham student had a rough week as he struggled to get the king of bread, Paul Hollywood’s, approval of his under steamed technical and savoury showstopper.
Speaking to The Mirror, Michael said: “It was quite sad when I went. Looking back, I realise it was such a great achievement, and to get that far I am quite happy with that.”
“My mum and my family supported me the whole way through, they were all backing me and praised me along the way.”
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Before adding: “My worst moment in the tent apart from going out was probably bread week. I usually like making bread and I prefer that over cakes, it’s my passion and that is why I was more upset at leaving in Bread week than any other week.
“I have kind of got over it now, and I have since started getting into artisan breads and have been doing a lot of that since the show. I really enjoy it.”
Fans were inevitably disappointed to see GBBO’s cutest candidate go so soon, with many taking to Twitter to express their sorrow.
It’s not all bad news, as Tom Gilliford rose to the bread challenge and proved he was a worthy winner of Starbaker with his powerful Thor loaf, which the notoriously hard to please Paul, even described as ‘spot on’.
But presenting duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc couldn’t resist throwing in a few cheeky innuendos and Mel teased: “The shape you have created here it’s very male isn’t it…?”
Ever professional baker Tom refused to bite by replying: “”Yeah it’s because it’s a hammer, it’s strong… It’s also a T, T for Thor. T for Tom. I’m not being led my mum is going to watch this…!”
And Paul Hollywood may have just predicted the GBBO future as he left fans of the BBC1 show with a rather interesting fact: “Starbaker of bread week has always gone on to the final at bake off. So watch this space.”
Let’s see if Tom can live up to the previous bread week winners. No pressure then…