Most memorable The Great British Bake Off moments

Most memorable The Great British Bake Off moments

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Thursday, 31st October 2019
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The Great British Bake Off contestants have now been entertaining viewers for ten series. 

Over the years, many contestants have forged successful careers and made lasting impressions for both good and bad reasons.

Exposing the world to soggy bottoms, custardgate and the power of the famous Paul Hollywood handshake.

With so many memorable moments to choose from, here are some of our favourites.


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Credit: BBC

The highlight of series four came when a controversy as dramatic as #Vardygate hit the tent and led to whispers of foul play.

Viewers were outraged when contestant Deborah Manger accidently took fellow contestant Howard Middleton’s creme anglaise out of their shared fridge and used it in her own trifle, leaving Middleton with the custard Manger had made.

She tried to salvage the situation by apologetically saying she hadn’t used all the custard and Middleton generously sucked it up and said, “I’m sure one custard’s as good as another.”

To keep things fair the judges critiqued the custard separate from the trifle, but the drama led to #custardgate and #PoorHoward trending on Twitter.


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Credit: BBC

Not long after #custardgate another controversy shocked viewers during series five, leading to a few tears and a melted baked Alaska.

Resident hipster Ian Watters had a nightmare show stopper after fellow baker Diana Beard was accused of removing Watters’ ice cream out of the freezer, causing it to melt.

In an outburst of frustration, Watters’ binned not just his ice cream, but his sponge and meringue too.

When the time came to judge the results, Watters’ stated that he would “rather present nothing” and brought up the bin instead.

Mary and Paul subsequently criticised him for throwing it all away and not presenting what he had.

The scandal was so dramatic it made front page news and Watters even ended up on Newsnight.

King of chill

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One person who seemed to deflect any drama and constantly kept a level head was series seven contestant Selasi Gbormittah.

Nicknamed the ‘King of Chill’, Gbormittah’s cheeky smile and calming demeanour earned him a legion of fans.

From practising yoga during his bakes, to his heart-warming friendship with fellow contestant Benjamina Ebuehi, his unflappable and kind nature saw him continuously help other bakers when he saw they were in trouble.

Since leaving the tent, Gbormittah has continued baking and has even studied patisserie in Switzerland.

Nadiya’s winner's speech

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Series six winner Nadiya Hussain didn’t just win Bake Off, but won the nation’s hearts too.

Her relatable facial expressions, showstopping bakes and warm nature made her a firm favourite amongst the judges and viewers.

Her incredible talent not only saw her raise the Bake Off trophy, but has also led to her writing cook books and hosting several of her own cooking programmes.

The final was watched by more than 15 million viewers, making it the most watched TV show of 2015 so far.

Hussain’s victory speech was widely praised for its uplifting message, she said, “I'm never going to put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never going to say I can't do it. I'm never going to say 'maybe'. I'm never going to say, 'I don't think I can.' I can and I will.”

Paul’s bread lion

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Paul Hollywood is the expert when it comes to making bread and it’s never easy for contestants to impress him during Bread Week.

However, series three contestant Paul Jagger did just that when he created a lion made entirely of bread, complete with edible whiskers and claws.

Jagger used three different types of breads to create the showstopper, which was a tribute to the then recently deceased Cecil the lion.

Hollywood gave Jagger high praise and said it was one of the best things he had even seen in bread, but unfortunately it was not enough to win him star baker that week, a decision many viewers were outraged by.

Cathryn tosses strudel dough

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A moment that gained a lot of laughs was when series three contestant Cathryn Dresser got a little too carried away when stretching out her dough.

Paul Hollywood skilfully demonstrated to baker Sarah-Jane Willis his twist and throw dough stretching technique, which she was keen to try out.

She then showed the skill to fellow baker Dresser, who in her excitement got too carried away and sent her dough flying through the air and onto the floor.

Unsurprisingly the dough was ruined and covered in fluff and dirt, but Dresser saw the funny side of it and laughed, “It’s got bits of carpet in it. I’m not serving Mary Berry green carpet.”

Steven’s baker’s lunch

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Credit: Channel 4

Over the years many Bake Off contestants have tried to pull off the challenging illusion cake, with some results more successful than others.

One of the successes came from Steven Carter-Bailey, a series eight finalist who wowed judges with his cream filled chocolate sponge cake which was designed to look like a loaf of bread and a BLT sandwich.

The impressive bake was loved by the judges, with Prue Leith calling it “absolutely astonishing” and it helped him win the first star baker of the series.


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The Great British Bake Off contestants have now been entertaining viewers for ten series.