Black Country Terry survives first week of Bake Off

By Tom Oakley | Dudley entertainment | Published:

It was crunch time for a retired Black Country air steward as the Great British Bake Off returned to our TV screens.

Fifty-six-year-old Terry, from Dudley, looked destined for the boot as the 12 contestants tackled their first culinary challenge for the show in the form of biscuit week.

Poor performances on the signature bake – his chocolate lambs melted off his biscuits – and technical challenge left him clear favourite to exit the famous Bake Off tent and Channel 4 programme.

But the avid artist used his skills to paint the perfect picture in the show-stopper round, creating a 3D biscuit – wowing judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Tasked with creating a biscuit portrait of themselves, Terry decided to one-up all the other contestants by putting his face inside a fresh-from-the-oven sheet of brandy snap dough to create the selfie.

Dubbed the 'man with the best moustache of the series' admitted he 'needed to pull his socks up' next week.

After finding out he had made the grade to stay for another week, in a thick Black Country accent, Terry said: "The comments were much better than I would have hoped thought – or even excepted.

"I've had a kick up the backside after week one and need to pull my socks up."

Ahead of the show Bake Off bosses said Terry’s background as a prosthetic technician, as well as spoils from his own microbrewery and allotment, are all evident in his baking – particularly in the precision, science and flavour of his creations.


The design and craftsmanship in his bakes are a testament to his background in fine art.

The first to leave the competition was Imelda as presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding were there to break the bad news.

Manon was crowned the first 'Star Baker' of the series, which is awarded to contestants who are particularly impressive in all three challenges.

Channel Four have been fiercely protective over the details of the contestants and Terry has not given his surname.


The Great British Bake Off sees 12 contestants try to impress the judges with a fine selection of delicious cakes, tarts, and breads.

It will appear on Channel 4 for the second year running this year, after being bought from BBC in 2017.

Former judge Mary Berry, as well as hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, left the show when it transferred to Channel 4, but judge Paul Hollywood stayed on.

Prue Leith stepped in as the replacement for Mary, while new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig also joined.

Bake Off round two will be back on Channel 4 next Tuesday from 8pm.

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email or call 01902 319482.


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