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Great British Bake Off: Dudley's Terry narrowly survives cake week

By Tom Oakley | Dudley | Showbiz | Published:

Black Country Great British Bake Off contestant Terry again survived by the skin of his teeth on the second episode of this year's competition.

Terry competes on episode two of the Great British Bake Off, cake week

The retired air steward, from Dudley, failed to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leithbut avoided the dreaded boot.

After a disappointing performance in the opening biscuit week, the 56 year old again failed to impress in cake week.

But he was saved by the baking of 30-year-old civil servant Luke, who struggled in the signature tray bake challenge - where the 11 bakers left were tasked with creating 16 identical slices of sponge cake.

And it was a bright start for Terry's boozy Rum and Raisin Traybake, which was praised as "beautiful", "traditional" and a "real pleasure to eat"by the judges.

But it was all down hill from there.

Prue Leith asked the tent to make their version of artist Claude Monet’s favourite birthday treat, the spinach puree infused Le Gateau Vert for the technical challenge.

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Terry's attempt failed to wow the judges, who ranked it eight out of 11, while the final showstopper challenge saw contestants create a Chocolate Collar Cake with a minimum of two tiers.

This time Terry's ambitious effort of a Champagne and Strawberries Eiffel Tower Collar Cake ended up half finished and the flavour failed to impress.

After being given a lifeline, Terry will be hoping to turn his fortunes around in bread week.

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Having made it to the third week, Terry said: "I'm still in shock. It's surreal how much you do want it. I will return home tomorrow and practise, practise, practise!"

Rahul, a 30-year-old research scientist from India who lives in Rotherham, was named star baker after he became the first contestant to receive a coveted handshake from Hollywood for his showstopper.

Luke Thompson, who is the latest contestant to leave The Great British Bake Off

Last week avid artist Terry used his skills to paint the perfect picture in the show-stopper round, creating a 3D biscuit which sufficiently wowed judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith after struggling in the first two rounds.

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.

This week viewers were given an insight into his life at home in Dudley, where he keeps bees and uses their honey to craft his own beer.

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 every week at 8pm 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 three 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 tom.oakley@expressandstar.co.uk or call 01902 319482.

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