The Great British Bake Off is back again, so expect lots of chat about soggy bottoms, Paul Hollywood’s hand shake and lovely sausages. The first episode saw the contestants battle it out in biscuit week – creating regional biscuits, a wagon wheel in the technical challenge and a 3D biscuit selfie for the showstopper.
The best moment for us?
When Karen Wright, 60, finished her first biscuit bake (some Yorkshire Perkin biscuits) early and sat on her stool munching on some cheese and onion crisps from her lunchbox, while the other contestants flapped around her.
Karen, an in-store sampling assistant from West Yorkshire, may have finished in good time, but Paul Hollywood wasn’t too impressed with her biscuits, telling her they 'look amazing,' but 'I don't like the texture, it's like a very, very small cookie. It didn't blow me away.’
That wasn’t the only talking point from the first episode – viewers were up in arms when they found out that this week’s star baker, 26-year-old Manon Lagreve, has already competed in a BBC cooking show – The Box back in 2015.
The show saw home cooks using a box full of mystery ingredients to create a dish – sound familiar? It’s not so different from Bake Off’s technical challenge – but Manon’s TV show past is no surprise to the Bake Off's producers.
A Great British Bake Off spokesperson said: ‘We are fully aware that Manon appeared in one episode of The Box and this does not affect her eligibility to take part in The Great British Bake Off.’
Manon may be a favourite to win after her stellar performance in episode one, but we’d like to see more of crisp-munching Karen in the next few weeks please!
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Jon can certainly boast the most dramatic job title of this year's Bake Off cohort: he helps save lives working as a blood courier in Newport, Wales, and bakes for his wife and four kids as a way to unwind. Judging from his GBBO promo shot, he also loves a Hawaiian shirt and seems like a generally affable chap.
Most likely to: Smile like an awkward dad when Noel Fielding tries to crack on with some blood-based 'comedy' riffs.