The Great British Bake Off has been hit by ‘fix’ claims as one contestant has already competed in a BBC cookery show.
Manon Lagreve has already won the affection of viewers after just one episode of the new series.
The French baker is the firm favourite to win after being awarded Star Baker during biscuit week.
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith were delighted with the 26-year-old’s cooking skills, which were demonstrated on another TV show.
Manon took part in The Box in 2015, which may give her an advantage against other bakers.
A TV source told The Sun : "Bake Off is all about normal people who enjoy creating food masterpieces being plucked from nowhere to try and become Britain’s top amateur baker.
"It’s meant to be a level playing field for all contestants in terms of stepping into that tent for the first time.
"For one person to have been in a TV environment before gives them a huge advantage. It’s all a bit unfair."
The Great British Bake Off 2018
The Box, which was hosted by TV chef James Martin, pitted three enthusiastic home cooks against each other.
The contestants had to make delicious dishes using the day’s ingredient boxes, which is very similar to Bake Off’s technical challenge.
Manon, who was born and raised in France, proved very popular with viewers this week.
She was crowned Star Baker despite admitting that she didn’t know what a wagon wheel was before making them.
GBBO viewers immediately fell in love with Manon and took to Twitter to praise her.
One viewer said: "MASSIVE fan of Manon. MASSIVE.
"Manon is my fave and she’ll win, I’m calling it," added another.
A third said: "OH MANON WITH HER WELL DESERVED STAR BAKER STATUS"
The Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm
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