Channel 4 Great British Bake Off: Tom becomes first contestant to leave amid stiff competition


The brand spanking new series of The Great British Bake Off kicked off Tuesday (September 21) with the twelve new contestants facing the heat.

Like we’ve seen so many times in past on the competition show, there’s really no knowing for sure who will be safe and who will be sent packaging.

We may have favourites who we think are strong candidate but ultimately, their fate is left to the hands of the judges.

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However, saying this, it will likely to come as a shock for viewers who saw the budding baker from Kent being the first contestant to leave although he had got off to a good start at the beginning of the show and only mucked up when he ran out of time during his concert hall showstopper.

His signature swiss rolls were deemed “not at all bad” by judge Prue Leith and he came fifth out of the 12 in the technical challenge with his well-baked malt loaf.

There is now one less contestant

But there were clearly some who appear to have done far worse.

Contestant Amanda cake collapsed in front of Paul after he had cut it and was also told it was “slightly overbaked” and contained too much elderflower liqueur.

The three contestants who had a disaster of it was was finance manager Jairzeno who came ninth in the technical challenge and whose showstopper was described as “mortifying”, Greek baker George whose mini rolls were described as “pudding not cake” and Scouser Lizzie’s had lost all their cream and caramel because she’d served them while still hot.

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The software engineer admitted he has felt deflated after leaving the competition so early on, saying: “It didn’t go to plan at all. I have always been hard on myself, more than I really should be. But I am definitely proud of myself, and I never say that, so that must mean quite a bit.”

“My showstopper was a bit of a disaster. I wanted something that would celebrate my love of classical music, so I made a three-tiered lemon and almond sponge cake of a concert hall. The judges said that for an anti-gravity cake it didn’t really defy the laws of gravity.

‘I know it’s hard to go out first and it was short and sweet, but it truly was an experience that I won’t forget.”

He has also said that he hopes to stay in contact with his fellow bakers saying: “Being the first to go I was worried that I might feel left out, but we have a WhatsApp group and the bakers have included me all along the way.

‘I think I am fairly shy so I still can’t quite believe that I have been on national television.”

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday (September 28) on Channel 4 at 8pm.





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