Great British Bake Off: Loriea is the first contestant to leave

Great British Bake Off: Loriea is the first contestant to leave the tent despite some VERY questionable looking showstopper bakes

  • Durham-based diagnostic radiographer was eliminated from the Channel 4 show
  • The Great British Bake Off returned for its eleventh series on Tuesday night 
  • The 12 bakers were tasked with creating their hero out of sponge and icing 
  • Nail-biting technical challenge saw bakers baking pineapple upside down cakes  

An ambitious showstopper was not enough to save Loriea as she became the first casualty of the new series of the Great British Bake Off. 

The Durham-based diagnostic radiographer was eliminated from the Channel 4 show, which returned for its eleventh series on Tuesday night, after her showstopper failed to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.  

Co-host Noel Fielding was left with the task of delivering the heartbreaking news to Loriea, 27, that her time in the bake off tent had come to an end. 

First to leave: Durham-based diagnostic radiographer Loriea was eliminated from the Channel 4 show on Tuesday 

Speaking about the the news of her departure, Loriea said: ‘It might have been nice to stay a little longer but someone has to go. 

‘Yes I am proud. I did quite well to get here and I stayed true to myself.’ 

Reflecting on Loriea’s departure, Paul admitted that the amateur baker had fallen short by ‘over-baking and over-flavouring’. 

Questionable? Marc crafted a chocolate and vanilla David Bowie which left the judges puzzled

The Channel 4 baking contest opened with a political statement as it returned for its 11th season welcoming 12 home-bakers to the tent. 

Making his show debut, co-host Matt Lucas impersonated a bumbling Boris Johnson as he recreated a spoof press conference with the slogan ‘Stay Alert, Protect Cake, Save Loaves’. 

The comedian, 46, who has replaced Sandi Toksvig as host, was a spitting image of the Prime Minister in the show opener, which was postponed by 15 minutes, after Boris addressed the nation with the new lockdown measures in the fight against coronavirus. 


Uncanny: Matt Lucas left viewers in stitches as he impersonated a bumbling Boris Johnson (right)  in his Great British Bake Off debut on Tuesday night

In the skit Matt, who donned a platinum blonde wig and stood in front of a Union Jack flag, said: ‘I’ve talked about this, you know, the printer is upside down again. And oh no.. well… how? Ah, yes well that works actually, I can read that fine. 

‘Um, right, let’s err… yeah. Good evening, let’s get straight to it. We are now approaching Phase 46. 

‘Which means that from Tuesday morning, or Wednesday evening depending on your height. We are, we are, we are saying with regards to baking if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent. 

‘Stay Alert, Protect Cake, Save Loaves: The comedian, 46, who has replaced Sandi Toksvig as host, was a spitting image for the Prime Minister as he recreated a spoof press conference

‘But please don’t bake in a tent. And we are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of hundreds and thousands.’ 

The first signature challenge was a battenberg cake which saw accounting and finance student Peter, 20, listening to his cakes after taking notes from John Whaite who won the third series in 2012. 

And the handy tip paid off after Peter, who is the youngest in the line-up, was crowned star baker, after he baked consistently well throughout the challenges. 

Patient: Accounting and finance student Peter, 20, was seen listening to his cakes after taking notes from John Whaite who won the third series in 2012

Panic: Music teacher Rowan, 55, from Worcestershire, was left with a sunken blue-battenburg sponge and even resorted to putting the bake in the ‘microwave’ to fix it

However music teacher Rowan, 55, from Worcestershire, was left with a sunken blue-battenburg sponge and even resorted to putting the bake in the ‘microwave’ to fix it.

Noel Fielding slipped in an innuendo as he remarked on Rowan’s sponge: ‘To erect his temple Rowan has more cutting to do than anyone else.’  

The technical challenge proved to be a series of unfortunate events which left Sura, 31, in tears after knocking over some of the work from security guard Dave, 30.

The pharmacy dispenser came face-to-face with a fly as she placed her pineapple upside down cakes on the gingham cloth. 

Shock: The technical challenge proved to be a series of unfortunate events which left Sura, 31, in tears after knocking over some of the work from security guard Dave, 30

Oh no! As Sura attempted to swat away the pest, she sent Dave’s perfectly-formed cakes flying

But as she attempted to swat away the pest, she sent Dave’s perfectly-formed cakes flying. 

Dave walked away from the table and looked at the floor of crumbs as Sura apologetically picked the cake off the floor declaring: ‘I am so sorry’.

However Dave comforted a tearful Sura after the mishap adding: ‘Don’t worry about it is fine. It happens, accidents happens.’ 

As she broke down following the gaffe, she said: ‘I’m so sorry. Oh my god. I’m so sorry there was a fly, I went to shoo it away and I knocked it’. 

Noel and Matt swooped in to support the bereft hopeful.  

Crumbs: Dave walked away from the table and looked at the floor of crumbs as Sura apologetically picked the cake off the floor declaring: ‘I am so sorry’

Sad: Dave was left in ninth place as Sura scooped the top spot after Paul remarked that her ‘piping’ was ‘excellent’

While Paul and Prue were notified of the accident, Dave was left in ninth place as Sura scooped the top spot after Paul remarked that her ‘piping’ was ‘excellent’.    

The first showstopper challenge saw the bakers tasked with creating their hero out of sponge – which made for some very questionable creations. 

Explaining the showstopper rules to the bakers, Noel made Prue giggle after revealing that each bake ‘must have a head’ that ‘must be made mainly from cake’. 

Funny: Pantomime producer Lottie, 31, used a skull mould to construct the face of the documentary filmmaker before Noel exclaimed: ‘What the hell is that? The grim reaper?’

Detail: The baker carefully penned the eyes of the documentary maker onto the sponge 


Louis… is that you? Lottie’s attempt at recreating Louis’ head don’t go down well

Pantomime producer Lottie, 31, felt the pressure as she made her challenging showstopper – which was supposed to be an image of Louis Theroux – but Noel Fielding said looks like a ‘death mask’. 

Lottie used a skull mould to construct the face of the documentary filmmaker before Noel exclaimed: ‘What the hell is that? The grim reaper?’

However the baker sheepishly replied: ‘It is supposed to be Louis Theroux…’

Elsewhere in the showstopper challenge, accountant Hermine, 39, from London, created a tribute to the Black Panther film star Lupita Nyong’o.

Finished: Lottie felt the pressure as she made her challenging showstopper which turned out a success 

The baker crafted the naked shoulders and bosom of the actress, 37, with Noel commenting: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever fancied a cake before, but I slightly do now.’ 

Meanwhile accounting and finance student Peter created a baked portrait of six-time Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. 

However the baker was left red-faced when judge Pure Leith, 80, remarked: ‘I’m loving the helmet.’  

Digital manager Laura, 31, looked to be feeling the heat in the kitchen in the clip

Helpful: Sura redeemed herself by helping digital manager Laura, 31, construct the head of Freddie Mercury with seconds to go

The challenge also saw Sura redeem herself by helping digital manager Laura, 31, construct the head of Freddie Mercury with seconds to go.

Yet Sura was left with her own baking casualty after she was seen running into the tent when her ‘Ode to Attenborough’ toppled over.

Speaking about her bust of the much-loved natural historian, she said: ‘I had to put piping bags behind it so it looks like a travel cushion.’   

Aside from the baking drama, the Channel 4 show has also caused a stir with the return of the ‘well-endowed’ squirrel mascot. 

Oh dear! Sura was left with her own baking casualty after she was seen running into the tent when her ‘Ode to Attenborough’ toppled over

Speaking about her bust of the much-loved natural historian, Sura said: ‘I had to put piping bags behind it so it looks like a travel cushion’ 

Earlier in the week and before the latest clip was released, fans were left shocked after the show has brought back an animated tribute to the saucy squirrel in their advert which was cut following the 2011 series two final.

The rodent graced the screens up until the series two final in 2011 where he was subject to a lingering camera shot.

However Great British Bake Off bosses sacked the ‘full-frontal’ squirrel for a pheasant for the 2016 series. But fans have gone nuts after the popular mascot has returned on the advert for the show in cartoon form.

Rodent: Fans were left shocked after the show has brought back an animated tribute to the saucy squirrel in their advert which was cut following the 2011 series two final

Haha! Linda, 61, seemed to find the funny side as she exclaimed: ‘Surprising how the time just flies when you’re having fun’, before an alarmed Lottie said: ‘Who just said they were having fun!’ 

The ad is in the form of a vintage-style tea towel featuring the slogan ‘Bake Off’s Back’ and an emblem to the masculine squirrel in a gold frame holding a gherkin.

Care assistant Dwight McClean, 34, spotted the advert at a bus stop in Hounslow, West London, and told The Sun: ‘It doesn’t go with the Bake Off theme. It’s something that’s pornographic.

The series took place at Down Hall Hotel in Essex after five years of filming at Welford Park in Berkshire, with all cast and crew members undergoing regular COVID-19 testing in an isolation bubble amid the pandemic.

Be careful! Diagnostic radiographer Loriea, 27, was an image of concentration when crunch time arrived 

Producers said they drew up a list of safety rules ‘longer than the Bible’ before filming started for the new socially-distanced series with Paul Hollywood’s signature handshake given the green light despite fears of spreading the virus and claims it could be replaced with an elbow bump.

At the height of lockdown, the hit Channel 4 series signed an exclusive deal with luxury Down Hall Hotel and Spa in Essex, located on 110 acres of land, to hire it out in late July for the entire series.

The Observer reported that the country house and hotel, just a stone’s throw from celebrity chef Paul’s £1 million Grade II listed farmhouse in Kent, allowed the show to book it out on a self-catering basis with 25 members of staff on hand to help out.

I want to bake three.. cakes! The show’s judges and presenters posed for a promotional snap in the theme of the iconic Queen II album cover

The popular show had been scheduled to go into production back in April, before the pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, scuppered all plans.

The publication claims that contestants were then allowed to move into the hotel with their partners, children or pet pooches – if they wished to do so – with measures put in place for child and dog care on set while filming for six weeks. 

The hit show is usually shot over a 12 week period with bakers travelling to and from their homes.

Funny: The Great British Bake Off is set to return with innuendos galore alongside baked bare breasts and a cartoon tribute to the very ‘well-endowed’ squirrel mascot

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2020: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

 

 DAVE

 

 HERMINE

Occupation: Armoured guard 

Why Bake Off? Dave first tried his hand at baking once he left home, after years of relying on his mother’s food. Now living with his girlfriend in Hampshire, his kitchen is filled with Bake Off-inspired appliances and his strengths lie in bread. 

 What’s he got to say? ‘I’m very pleased. It felt like a long build up and that there were many hurdles to overcome first. 

‘My strengths are the ability to learn from mistakes, take criticism and use it to improve, while my weaknesses would be feeling overwhelmed when mess builds up and struggling with some baking jargon…. And French words!’

Fun fact: Dave splits his time between work, DIY projects and looking after his pets when he isn’t cooking up a storm in the kitchen. 

Age: 39

Occupation: Accountant

Why Bake Off? Born in Benin, Hermine moved to London in nearly 20 years ago to pursue further education. She made her first cake at the tender age of eight after helping her mother bake for large family events. 

The French influence in Benin has instilled in Hermine a love of high-end pâtissérie.

What’s she got to say? ‘I thought it might not go ahead so to finally get into the tent that first morning was surreal. I could not believe I made it in. 

‘My strength is my understanding of how ingredients work together and how to get flavours right. My weakness is the ability to get a clean neat finish under time pressure.’ 

 

LAURA

 Age: 31

Occupation: Digital manager

Why Bake Off? Laura started baking as a child and returned to the art a few years ago. The Kent native credits working under pressure for being a strong hopeful in the competition. 

When it comes to her masterpieces, she focuses on mastering ‘pretty and dainty’ decorations.

 What’s she got to say? ‘I was really excited about the whole experience but I think I was especially excited to meet Matt Lucas. 

‘I saw him in Les Mis last year and he was incredible. I was very star-struck when I first saw him and made a bit of a fool out of myself. I think my first words to him were “OMG I LOVE YOU.”‘ 

Interesting fact: Laura volunteers at the Samaritans in her spare time 

 

LINDA

Age: 61

Occupation: Retirement living team leader 

Why Bake Off? Linda picked up the hobby from a young age, after frequently visiting her aunt’s dairy farm. 

As a lover of the countryside, she believes her strengths lie in home-comfort cooking and only uses homegrown produce in her cooking.

What’s she got to say? ‘I’ll never lose that magical feeling I had when I first walked into the tent and that will stay with me as one of my moments’. 

Interesting fact: At 61, Linda is this year’s oldest contestant

 

LORIEA

Age: 27

Occupation: Diagnostic radiographer 

Why Bake Off? The Durham-based chef infuses Caribbean flavours into her food, having lived in Jamaica for 15 years. 

She learnt how to bake from her grandmother and is used to working well under pressure.

What’s she got to say? ‘What stands out the most is the close bond we had made already, as well as how supportive we all were to each other, despite coming from various backgrounds. 

‘Basically, it was like catching up with long lost friends.’ 

Interesting fact: Loriea moved to the UK when she was 15 and started baking 10 years earlier with help from her grandmother

 

 LOTTIE

Age: 31

Occupation: Pantomime Producer

Why Bake-off?  Lottie from West Sussex believes she’s inherited her love for baking from her Lancastrian great-grandmother and often swapped toys for cookery books as a child. 

What’s she got to say? ‘Coming straight out of lockdown into another lockdown was weird but totally worth it and that first morning was utterly terrifying! 

‘As soon as I saw the tent it all started to feel a bit too real!’ 

Interesting fact: Lottie is a yoga enthusiast  

 

MAKBUL

Age: 51

Occupation: Accountant

Why Bake Off? Self-taught baker Makbul from Greater Manchester refined his baking skills through TV shows and famous chefs after cooking as a means to support his beloved mother. 

Pastries are his speciality, which he usually creates for special occasions like Eid. 

What’s he got to say? ‘As a baker one of my biggest strengths is that I’m not daunted by much. I will have a go. My biggest weakness is the mess I create, To see the tent for the first time was thrilling. 

‘To actually go into it was like stepping into another world, “at last, I am here!”’ 

Interesting fact: Makbul’s three grown-up children who are his hardest critics. 

 

MARC 

Age: 51

Occupation: Bronze resin sculptor

Why Bake Off? Marc from Cornwall, joined the series in a bid to defy the odds after losing his leg in a motorbike accident in 2016. 

The bronze resin sculptor credits baking cakes and pastries for healing the mental strain of his injury, after spending his youth climbing mountains. 

What’s he got to say? ‘I was incredibly excited, happy and very very nervous. [A special memory was] being surrounded by 11 other great people, all in the competition with me, and I just remember feeling the very positive and exciting energy in the tent.’ 

Interesting fact: Marc, who is a single parent, became a landscape photographer once he settled back in the UK four years after the incident. 

 

PETER

Age: 20

Occupation: Accounting & Finance Student

Why Bake Off? Peter started baking when he was 12 and has watched the series since its inception in 2010. 

Born in Edinburgh, the student ensures he incorporates his cultural background into his cooking and is the competition’s youngest hopeful. 

What’s he got to say? ‘Just being in the tent with the judges, presenters and other bakers and realising that I was on the Bake Off!..

‘I was just so excited to get baking in the tent and fulfil this amazing dream.’ 

Interesting fact: Peter is the youngest in the line-up 

 

ROWAN

Age: 55

Occupation: Music teacher

Why Bake Off? Rowan from Worcestershire is completely self-taught and specialises in French pâtissérie. The teacher also enjoys updating Georgian-inspired recipes with his own take on the 18th-century and enjoys decorating his masterpieces with flowers from his garden.

What’s he got to say?  ‘It was very exciting and seemed unreal after all the uncertainty and the vast amount of preparatory work. 

‘My strengths are ambition in ideas and design. My weakness is over-ambition and no interest in timings!’ 

Interesting fact: Rowan swims a mile in the mornings and enjoys spending time at the British Library 

 

SURA

Age: 31

Occupation: Pharmacy dispenser

Why Bake Off? Sura from London pays homage to her Turkish, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian and Indian heritage by experimenting with a wide range of seasoning in her cooking.

What’s she got to say?  ‘I was looking forward to meeting Prue the most.

‘I have watched her for many years on TV and I just loved her passion for food and flavours and her immense knowledge on it all. ‘She inspired a lot of my baking in my early 20s.’ 

Interesting fact: Sura’s passions lie in exploring her love of travel, architecture and design. 

 

MARK

Age: 32

Occupation: Project manager

Why Bake Off? Northern Irish contestant Mark began experimenting with baking during his time at university. 

As a project manager for public health research programmes, he tends to experiment with flavours of Africa and Asia after visiting the continents for work.

What’s he got to say? ‘I think I am quite a versatile baker and always up for a challenge. 

‘My biggest weakness is baking to a time limit – at home I spend hours (and sometimes days!) baking something as a way of de-stressing, so I wasn’t sure how I would deal with that in the tent!’ 

Interesting fact: Mark inspired by his Irish heritage, African and Asian flavours which he finds on health research programmes.

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