The fifth series of The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens last night and we’re delighted the show’s not only back, it’s moved from BBC2 to BBC1.
Filmed this time in the grounds of Welford Park in Berkshire, the competition – judged by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins – started with 12 contestants battling it out to become The Great British Bake Off’s Best Amateur Baker 2014.
But there was no Week One amnesty and speech therapist Claire, 31, from Cheshire has already been asked to hang up her apron. Her chocolate orange Swiss roll didn’t impress and her 36 identical miniature classic British cakes were a messy disaster.
‘Claire had some good ideas but unfortunately there were a few mistakes made during the whole weekend,’ said Paul, 48.
‘She couldn’t really finish the challenge that she’d set herself. I think she was just in a panic because everything went wrong for her,’ added Mary, 79.
Next week in The Great British Bake Off, there’ll be:
– Diana, 69, who prefers not to use a timer
– Norman, 66, who wants to bring back traditional Scottish recipes
– Nancy, 60, who grows her own vegetables and was voted star baker
– Luis, 42, who uses fresh ingredients from his allotment
– Kate, 41, who made 15 Christmas cakes last year
– Enwezor, 39, who’s taught himself to bake over the last three years
– Richard, 38, who enjoys baking with his wife and daughters
– Chetna, 35, who hosts a curry club once a week
– Jordan, 32, who likes cross-breeding foods
– Iain, 31, who has vegetarian and organic principles
– Martha, 17, who’s a very calm and orderly teenager
‘I think it works as a show because it is totally honest and I always think we encourage people to bake. We stop and explain things,’ says Mary.
‘I think we’re teaching in a very subtle way. We stop our bakers and ask them what they’ve done.’
We’re looking forward to all the sugary and savoury delights coming up and the series also has a Friday night spin-off show called Extra Slice – presented by Jo Brand – with celebrities mulling over Wednesday’s highlights.
The Great British Bake Off is on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC1 and Extra Slice airs Fridays at 9pm on BBC2.
Don’t miss Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s top baking tips – check them out here.