Great British Bake Off Biscuit Week: Two handshakes and a second elimination

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4 Oct 2023, 07:14

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The new series of The Great British Bake Off is well under way, and the second baker has been eliminated in Biscuit Week.

Following the opening episode, which saw Amos sent home, in week two the remaining bakers attempted to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their biscuit creations, with varying levels of success.

During the Signature Challenge, co-host Noel Fielding complimented baker Matty on his tattoos, and told him that he has a tattoo of 2018 winner Rahul “on my bum.”

The Signature Challenge saw the backers make marshmallow biscuits. Josh did well, and while Keith had a shocker in terms of presentation, Prue described them as “delicious”. 

Paul added: “Beauty and the beast, that’s what it is. The beauty is on the inside, but look at it!”

Tasha received the first Hollywood handshake of the series for hers.

The Technical Challenge saw the bakers tasked with making custard creams, and there was some confusion when Cristy accidentally took Rowan’s dough from the freezer and started using it. However, things were far less controversial than 2014’s notorious Ice Cream Gate, and the mistake was soon spotted and fixed. Phew!

The winner of the Technical was Abbi, who just pipped Dan. 

The Showstopper Challenge required the bakers to come up with an illusion bake, by creating a meal or banquet scene using biscuits.

Tasha set a high bar, according to Prue, and Cristy did well. Matty and Abbi’s illusions looked great, as did Dan’s “cheese and onion pie”. And Josh’s illusion of a burger and fries was a “big triumph” according to Paul, who gave him the second handshake of the episode. Keith, however, struggled.  

Tasha was awarded Star Baker, and it was Keith who was sent home. 

“I feel fine,” he said. “There’s nothing sad about this moment. I’ve had the most fantastic time. I don’t know how many hours I’m going to spend in the rest of my life banging on about this.”

In a note shared on the official GBBO X page, he said: “"Participation in The Great British Bake Off has been the most fantastic and rewarding experience of my life..."

The Great British Bake Off continues next Tuesday 10th October at 8pm on Channel 4. Stream episodes one and two online.