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Not a review of each episode as such, rather observations by the author of various things that piqued their interest!

Player Nomination Statistics

Weekly breakdowns of user nominations (by percentage) for each category. Each new set of figures will be released after the episode to which they refer.

2020 – Series 11

Week 10- The Final

Best Baker: Peter   Bonus: Laura

Best Baker Bonus
Dave 17.18% 13.07%
Laura 4.03% 83.62%
Peter 78.79% 3.31%

Finalist Predictions (Made Before Week 2)

NB: percentages for the finalists are the percentages of the total number of users who made a selection, not of the total nominations.

Dave 11.59%
Hermine 30.92%
Laura 16.22%
Linda 2.67%
Sura 66.48%
Rowan 14.00%
Lottie 51.23%
Peter 80.82%
Makub 8.22%
Marc 4.07%
Mark 13.78%

Week 9- Pâtisserie

Well what a series this has been! So difficult to predict, nobody winning an episode more than once all the way up to week 8, bakers staying in one week by the skin of their teeth only to be star or close to it the following week. Or going the other way, falling from grace quite swiftly, and in the case of Lottie during the middle of the competition both. Laura has followed a similar trajectory- surprising almost everyone to win Pastry Week, then having to save herself with a showstopper twice in a row, then being unlucky not to win last week.

All of which means that not only  has it been difficult to say what will happen, players on the site have often have switched allegiance from one baker to another and also that minus points have abounded as previous strugglers have triumphed the next time out and favourites have gone. And once again we see it here, Peter having been consistently the favourite to be Star for weeks, and by increasingly greater percentages, is usurped this week in the nominations by Hermine. After a double win for Hermine and Peter nearly going out in Dessert Week Hermine is heavy favourite here, and the patisserie theme evidently influenced a lot of people to go for the baker with the French background.

Those that have for weeks stuck with Laura to go had the familiar feeling of seeing her go into the last round looking doomed only to escape again, but the stats this week also show how few people expected Hermine to leave. A reasonable technical wasn’t enough to save her and I think it was completely fair as Laura did have a better signature and despite the glaze not working, the taste of her mini cakes was praised, in contrast to Hermine’s which was criticised on a number of points. Hermine didn’t help herself by apparently settling on a recipe the day before the bake but even so it’s such a surprise. Hermine seemed to be hitting her stride just at the time, as series winners often do but it was not to be. I had her for the final as well!

UPDATE: There has been a lot of criticism on social media of the decision to send Hermine home and retain Laura, even to the extent that Laura has received abuse. I really despair of some people sometimes. I can’t fathom why anyone would find it acceptable to abuse someone else over events in a TV show, never mind the fact that that was not even Laura’s decision!  Moreover, even on the facts as they are, the thrust of a lot of the complaints is wrong As Paul Hollywood has pointed out, the decision over who leaves is on how they have performed in that particular episode. When the judges cannot separate two or more bakers on that basis, it does perhaps then come down to prior performance but otherwise it goes on that episode only and not who has generally been better. This has always been the case.

 

At the other end of things, in hindsight it seems almost preordained that Peter would bounce back after last week’s scare for him and after his Hollywood Handshake in signature, it felt to me that he would just cruise to the win this week. So well done to those of you who kept the faith with him, I must confess I jumped ship to Hermine along with so many others! So who will triumph? It really could be anyone at this point. Dave had a pretty good week and Laura could come back with another stormer so take your pick for next week!

Best Baker: Peter  Technical:Peter  Eliminated:Hermine  Bonus:Hermine

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 6.48% 11.54% 32.44% 47.01%
Hermine 67.61% 52.04% 1.72% 5.36%
Laura 5.39% 6.13% 54.64% 24.57%
Peter 20.52% 30.29% 11.20% 21.51%

Week 8- Dessert

Best Baker:Hermine  Technical:Laura  Eliminated:Marc  Bonus:Laura

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 6.04% 9.17% 17.52% 18.95%
Hermine 23.60% 26.11% 3.00% 10.54%
Laura 4.95% 3.51% 68.64% 52.99%
Peter 53.03% 46.43% 1.58% 3.62%
Marc 12.38% 14.78% 9.25% 13.91%

 

Week 7 – Eighties

Best Baker:Hermine  Technical:Hermine  Eliminated:Lottie  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 20.00% 20.45% 6.11% 6.04%
Hermine 12.61% 10.50% 25.15% 14.99%
Laura 6.46% 6.66% 39.25% 39.84%
Lottie 10.53% 11.60% 7.11% 21.45%
Peter 36.54% 36.93% 2.10% 3.14%
Marc 13.85% 13.87% 20.28% 14.53%

Week 6 – Japanese

A new theme here, and quite an interesting one. I know there has been some criticism that some of the challenges were not specifically Japanese (and some of the bakers probably didn’t help this perception with some of the flavours used)and certainly care should have been taken with this. The challenges however were all good tests. Again Peter is so good in the technical but Lottie wows the judges with her kawaii cake and deservedly wins Star. Having won last week Laura escapes with a bad week, partly because Mark manages to stitch himself up by asking the judges to taste another part of his cake in the hope that it is better baked. Instead it is pronounced almost inedible by Paul Hollywood and he is done for. Matt Lucas said as he announced Mark to leave that he would be missed and there was barely a dry eye in the tent as Mark said his goodbyes.

Best Baker:Lottie  Technical:Peter  Eliminated:Mark  Bonus:Laura

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 14.09% 21.05% 6.56% 5.92%
Hermine 10.95% 10.99% 15.05% 18.90%
Laura 2.97% 6.82% 11.26% 15.78%
Lottie 10.28% 7.25% 27.23% 29.14%
Peter 39.26% 29.71% 1.29% 1.60%
Marc 5.63% 8.27% 29.60% 21.09%
Mark 16.82% 15.91% 9.02% 7.58%

 

Week 5 – Pastry

Another classic for signature this week, the pasty! In an unpredictable series it’s getting harder to choose with any confidence who will do well or badly. Linda was strong favourite amongst Fantasy Bake Off players to go last week, but winning Technical for the second time in a row and having a generally good Chocolate Week has seen her become second favourite for Best Baker very closely behind Peter. At the other end Lottie is favourite to leave, followed by Laura. Laura has a good signature round with her leek and potato pasties. She had promised that they’d be “Proper tasty” and that seems to be the opinion of the judges (having made these a couple of days later I certainly agree!). I’m not sure why Linda thought making a samosa was a good idea and it turns out she missed the brief about crimping. Elsewhere in the judging it looks like everyone is so frightened of the notorious soggy bottom that they’ve not put enough moisture in the pasties, and a common complaint is that they are too dry. My complaint is that their caution has denied the bonus happening!

On to the technical and another bake everyone will have tasted, eclairs! It seems that the vague recipe directions have caused problems for a number of the bakers as a lot of them have difficulty with the crème patissiere, it’s either too runny, or doesn’t fill the éclair or both. Linda’s good run in the technical comes to an emphatic end. Unfortunately, not remembering how to make choux pastry was her downfall in this round.

And to finish off it’s a caged tart. Who knew this was a thing? What’s the point of putting a tart in a cage? As some of the bakers said, why hide the tart away? As Hermine said, “it’s bonkers”. As for the baking, when your luck is out, it’s out and Linda’s cage comes apart on the bowl she’s using to shape it. No surprise that she is the one to leave, and no surprise given how it’s gone that Laura is the star this week, but it represents a big improvement in form for her compared to last couple of weeks. With Linda gone and Laura winning this week, who will be favourite to leave in Japanese Week?

Best Baker:Laura  Technical:Peter  Eliminated:Linda  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 9.90% 12.03% 6.45% 6.31%
Hermine 13.91% 11.71% 18.73% 18.34%
Laura 4.07% 5.08% 24.89% 25.26%
Linda 22.97% 17.89% 9.82% 10.02%
Lottie 5.52% 4.81% 28.76% 25.86%
Peter 23.86% 21.78% 2.90% 4.31%
Marc 12.21% 13.41% 6.26% 6.13%
Mark 7.55% 13.28% 2.16% 3.76%

Week 4 – Chocolate

Hooray for the welcome return of chocolate week after an absence of many years and what a great challenge to kick off with! It’s brownies in the signature- most people will have had them at some point so almost everyone knows how they should look and taste, but baking them comes with the jeopardy of getting the centre gooey but sufficiently baked. Pru warns against over complicating them or making them too sweet by adding too many extras and this is indeed the pitfall the does for a lot of the bakers.

Nobody has a brilliant round, Laura comes out with the understatement of the week prior to judging. On cutting into her brownies and seeing most of it splurge across the tray: “Paul’s going to say probably now that they’re not quite right”.  Precisely no jaws hit the floor when they are held to be under baked, in addition to being too sweet and “a mess”. But she’s far from being alone, a number are too messy, Lottie is told by Paul that hers “Look like they’ve been dropped” Sura only presents half of hers and those are overbaked. Dave’s brownies taste good but are considered too dry and are labelled by Pru “A tray bake”. Mark’s are good but they aren’t sure about his biscuit base.  It’s really surprising that of eight great bakers none of them turned out an excellent brownie. As Lottie says they all tried to do too much where simplicity would have won the day.

Technical is a babka, executed with varying degrees of success. Linda looks very comfortable yet again and proves last week was no fluke by coming first in technical again. There’ll be a few nervous people now as Linda was the favourite on our site to leave, with nearly 40% of players (yours truly included) thinking she’ll go and thus in line for a minus point! Lottie comes last and must be in danger along with Sura who came seventh.  Those two were the two most popular bakers on the site to win this week so there could be a fair number of minus points at the other end as well- what a topsy turvy competition this has been so far!

White chocolate celebration cakes are the show stoppers. A fair bit of tempering but nobody has to redo it (bonus denied!), Sura comes closest as she abandons hers but has no time to start again. A couple of interesting things I learnt during this round, one was that they seem to give the bakers advance notice of the bakes in all the weeks, as when Paul pointed out to Peter that his brother wouldn’t be able to taste the graduation cake Peter was making for him, Peter replied that he had tasted some when Peter had been practising at home, so presumably before the series even began! I wonder if they normally do that or if it’s just because they wouldn’t get the change to practice in the comfort of their own kitchens once on the show and in the Bake Off bubble? The other interesting thing is that white chocolate’s high sugar content makes the cake brown more quickly, with the potential to deceive a baker into thinking it’s baked when it isn’t and sadly it’s Sura that is shown falling into this very trap moments later taking hers out of the oven because the colour looked good. Her cake is mostly raw when cut into and it’s clear her time is up. I had her for the final as well! Less obvious is who will win this week. Mark did well but his cake “lacked oomph”, Peter’s found favour and Linda’s tasted great although they didn’t like the piping. In the pre-decision chat I’m amazed that Linda is not mentioned as a contender for star since she won technical and must have been in the top three in each of the other two rounds. Mark gets the nod in another week where nobody had a perfect run. Sura makes her inevitable exit in the biggest shock yet as she’s been so solid up to now. Next week it’s pastry!

Best Baker:Mark  Technical:Linda  Eliminated:Sura  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 6.58% 9.97% 7.48% 12.02%
Hermine 13.72% 10.41% 16.46% 9.58%
Laura 9.76% 8.56% 14.32% 13.19%
Linda 3.32% 4.38% 39.77% 8.04%
Sura 19.07% 12.73% 3.60% 11.50%
Lottie 22.53% 14.50% 2.50% 23.58%
Peter 14.42% 21.28% 3.97% 6.49%
Marc 4.28% 10.56% 3.44% 6.42%
Mark 6.31% 7.61% 8.47% 9.18%

Week 3 – Bread

So Bread Week is once again in its established place in week 3. It is fair to say that not everyone shares the Hollywood enthusiasm for the soda bread round. Noel claims that no one under the age of forty eats bread, Lottie, as dry as ever says “Who makes sweet soda bread, what is that?” and Laura questions the point of having to make their own butter. It’s all enough to get Paul Hollywood grinding his teeth.

A bit of a mixed bag in the judging but Hermine’s soda breads earn her a Hollywood Handshake! I must confess I thought her salmon and cheese savoury bread was asking for trouble because it might be too wet in the bread (and she certainly didn’t seem that confident about it either), plus not everyone approves of the fish-and-cheese combination, but the judges seem seriously impressed. Soaking the fruit in booze for her sweet bake for two weeks clearly didn’t hurt either!

On to the technical, and it’s rainbow bagels, something that none of the contestants have heard of.  Having to colour and prove 5 separate pieces of dough in order to create the rainbow, there’s plenty of scope for the bakers to bungle. A lot of bakers seem unsure of exactly what to and some are making a lot of multicoloured mess on their benches in the process. Hermine is unsure of how they should look and when Noel suggests she looks at the bagels of the others for a guide, she replies “Theirs don’t look terribly good either,” and by George she’s right! Having had a go at these later I can report that life is too short to colour bread dough and it’s easy to fall foul of the pitfalls flagged up by Mr Hollywood. A lot of them are flat, wrinkly or bloated, either because of over proving or leaving them too long in the boiling water.  You should be zippy in poaching them but evidently that’s not consistently the case in the tent right now. Hermine is similarly forthright in questioning the process- “We’re in 2020, who kneads dough by hand?“ To that I must say, me Hermine! Form a relationship with your dough!

There are a couple of bakers who seem to be handling the challenge well though, Linda’s bagels look good all the way along and Marc seems on top of things too. And so it comes to pass, judging is done among a haze of colours and Linda comes first, with Marc second. Rowan once again comes bottom and once again is in trouble. What’s more surprising is that he’s joined in the relegation zone by last week’s winner Dave.

In the final round it’s about decorative bread plaques depicting what the bakers are grateful for and it’s interesting to hear the different bakers’ stories behind the inspiration for their bakes. Marc movingly talks about how a book on Buddhism helped him when he lost his leg and Linda’s memories of spending time on a farm milking cows in her youth are heart warming, as are those of Sura of picking tomatoes from her mother’s plant in their flat growing up.  Again however, not many of the bakes hit the heights. Hermine’s risk in making brioche doesn’t come off and her bread is deemed underproved. Peter who has been strong in the previous two weeks is told off for having bread that bends and tastes of leather. Marc’s is the best received but even he gets some critical comments. This time Rowan’s bake is one of the better looking ones but the taste of the bake doesn’t match the style. Having used his get-out-of-jail card last week Rowan’s time is up. Lots of people are getting points this week on the back of that! Marc gets the nod for being the best baker this week, but faults were found in all his bakes so nobody had a perfect couple of days. The remaining bakers look relieved to have got through Bread Week and the extra scrutiny they felt. Next week, chocolate! Who will keep their temper?

Best Baker:Marc  Technical:Linda  Eliminated:Rowan  Bonus:Rowan

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 13.43% 20.20% 0.61% 3.21%
Hermine 2.77% 3.70% 6.67% 27.79%
Laura 4.30% 5.26% 3.29% 9.09%
Linda 2.77% 3.69% 18.08% 7.44%
Sura 14.18% 10.80% 1.14% 15.61%
Rowan 1.01% 1.60% 62.91% 8.85%
Lottie 18.24% 13.34% 0.90% 6.91%
Peter 19.15% 23.16% 1.12% 2.69%
Marc 13.06% 10.29% 3.89% 6.22%
Mark 11.08% 7.97% 1.39% 12.20%

Week 2 – Biscuits

Week 2 and we should see the bakers settling in and the most promising contenders for the competition starting to establish themselves. Florentines kicks off Biscuit Week and most of the bakers seem up for the challenge. By the end of the round we get a couple of firsts for Bake Off 2020. We have the first innuendo of the series with Pru confessing to Mark that having seen him chop his ingredients quite coarsely, she had been  “worrying a bit about your very large nuts”, to the laughter of all the contestants, hosts and from the sound of it, most of the film crew. This is followed by the first Hollywood handshake this year, to Lottie! Pronouncing her cherry ginger and chocolate Florentines “Without fault”, the bearded one turns over a few just to check there are no substandard ones, finds them all perfect, hesitates, and extends his hand. Well done!

Other bakers judged to have done well in signature are Dave, who is told he has achieved a good snap (Bonus!) and a good flavour and reigning champion Peter, for his clever sticky toffee pudding

The technical is macaroons, 6 chocolate, six mango. Mak is a cook after my own heart, makes a mess on his bench, getting mango curd all over the recipe sheet, and loves to eat condensed milk, which he admits, to the disgust of Matt Lucas. You don’t know what you’re missing Matt! Ah,childhood memories of going into the fridge and eating it out of the open tin with a spoon…

But I’ll forgive Matt Lucas that lack of taste because of the hilarious spot of cruelty shortly afterwards. He shocks the bakers when giving them a time check on 15 minutes  to go. “Bakers you have 5 minutes!…….” – cue eyes like saucers among the bakers “…until we tell you you have 10 minutes….You have 15 minutes.” Lucas, you evil comedy genius you!

At the macaroon judging the main criticism is that some have been underbaked, in particular those of Rowan who admits “They did look slightly like the cat’s lavatory”. Most of the bakers end up making a decent fist of their macaroons, with the top three of Dave, Mark and Mak all being praised for their offerings.

Show stopper is a biscuit dough sculpture of a table setting of the bakers’ most memorable meals.  Not just a question of assembling biscuits, this dinner setting “Must be moulded” (Paul) to show that the bakers can “Use the dough like clay” (Pru)

The various interpretations of this take us all over the place, from Scotland and Amsterdam all the way to Ethiopia, Mexico and back to Viking times. Mak heads to India with his tea set but departs from the others by making his table setting square.

At the judging table the bakes of Marc and Peter are well received and Dave’s taco setting wows Pru and Paul. Rowan “Tastes like rubber” they’re underwhelmed by Laura’s and are unconvinced enough work has go into it and Mak is admonished for going flat rather than moulding, resulting in a “clumsy” look.

Interviewed after the judging, but before the verdict Rowan and Mak are said by Pru & Paul to be in trouble and it’s difficult to separate them, but surely there’s only one in the frame and they are just trying to cast doubt on it for a bit of excitement?

Unsurprisingly with a good first bake, top place in technical and a brilliant biscuit sculpture, Dave is the star this week. And going home is… Makbul??  My first reaction to this is “Rowan’s had a nightmare throughout and Mak came third in technical, this is the worst miscarriage of Bake Off justice since Manon got sent packing two years ago. You have three bad rounds, you go home, that’s the law.” Rowan himself is similarly amazed. Having watched it back though, I’m a bit less outraged on Mak’s behalf. It’s clear that Mak did have two very poor rounds and he failed to fulfil the “moulding”  brief in the final one so I can see logic behind picking him. However, he came third out of eleven in technical and was told his macaroons were “Absolutely excellent” and at this stage in the competition one good bake should be enough to keep you in, as there will always be somebody with three bad ones this early on.  Anyhow, onwards and upwards as we roll on to bread week!

Best Baker:Dave  Technical:Dave  Eliminated:Makbul  Bonus:Dave

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Dave 3.47% 5.74% 5.12% 6.07%
Hermine 11.39% 8.31% 2.37% 10.15%
Laura 6.32% 5.34% 3.70% 8.59%
Linda 1.28% 2.17% 51.47% 3.17%
Sura 30.04% 14.09% 1.89% 10.84%
Rowan 5.31% 7.86% 7.99% 7.89%
Lottie 15.95% 12.95% 1.81% 17.82%
Peter 16.32% 32.93% 1.18% 18.04%
Makub 4.26% 4.66% 4.24% 8.24%
Marc 1.48% 2.04% 17.89% 3.23%
Mark 4.19% 3.91% 2.34% 5.95%

2019 – Series 10

Finalist Predictions (Made Before Week 2)

NB: percentages for the finalists are the percentages of the total number of users who made a selection, not of the total nominations.

Rosie 12.37
Michael 21.39
Priya 21.78
Helena 7.72
David 33.14
Michelle 55.03
Jamie 4.21
Amelia 22.02
Alice 34.08
Steph 26.25
Henry 54.22
Phil 7.78

 

Week 10 – The Final

Best Baker:David    Bonus:Steph

Best Baker Bonus
David 9.37% 39.87%
Alice 14.55% 49.40%
Steph 75.87% 10.53%

Week 9- Patisserie

Best Baker:Alice  Technical:Rosie Eliminated:Rosie  Bonus: None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 2.72% 5.76% 77.38% 34.26%
David 42.31% 39.61% 5.14% 12.41%
Alice 13.55% 19.46% 15.57% 45.72%
Steph 41.42% 35.17% 1.91% 7.60%

 

Week 8- Pastry

Best Baker:Steph  Technical:David Eliminated:Henry  Bonus: Rosie

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 5.14% 5.64% 57.40% 37.59%
David 31.54% 31.52% 8.65% 12.05%
Alice 12.37% 10.00% 17.41% 19.97%
Steph 32.77% 25.29% 1.27% 3.16%
Henry 9.49% 18.86% 6.59% 18.54%

 

Week 7- Festival

Best Baker:Henry  Technical:Rosie  Eliminated:Michael  Bonus: Steph

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 2.80% 4.35% 37.12% 2.60%
Michael 3.35% 3.69% 29.44% 6.57%
David 25.03% 24.20% 4.62% 20.46%
Alice 34.04% 14.97% 1.85% 11.08%
Steph 12.25% 25.63% 0.64% 32.29%
Henry 5.97% 10.58% 9.75% 10.44%

Week 6- Desserts

Best Baker:Steph  Technical:Alice  Eliminated:Priya  Bonus: David

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 7.42% 8.69% 12.43% 20.50%
Michael 6.81% 7.90% 9.83% 19.37%
Priya 1.67% 2.18% 63.56% 21.32%
David 32.57% 16.71% 2.86% 8.83%
Alice 16.97% 13.24% 1.65% 8.89%
Steph 11.93% 24.95% 1.03% 4.03%
Henry 17.80% 20.40% 2.70% 11.02%

 

Week 5- Roaring Twenties

Best Baker:Steph  Technical:Helena  Eliminated:Michelle  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 12.92% 11.75% 6.27% 20.17%
Michael 5.64% 7.88% 7.15% 12.03%
Priya 1.89% 2.16% 48.41% 5.88%
Helena 3.97% 3.31% 23.60% 23.96%
David 28.90% 19.79% 3.08% 7.60%
Michelle 11.27% 12.27% 2.60% 11.83%
Alice 16.85% 14.67% 1.19% 4.05%
Steph 6.79% 12.25% 1.69% 6.19%
Henry 10.84% 14.99% 5.08% 7.36%

Week 4- Dairy

Best Baker:Steph  Technical:Steph  Eliminated:Phil  Bonus:Priya

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 15.52% 11.77% 8.00% 8.16%
Michael 7.23% 12.62% 1.98% 3.93%
Priya 6.95% 6.57% 12.96% 13.36%
Helena 1.98% 3.10% 32.39% 27.51%
David 11.19% 11.83% 7.84% 7.68%
Michelle 17.53% 16.06% 2.02% 2.84%
Alice 14.05% 14.63% 2.26% 2.66%
Steph 10.88% 8.50% 6.01% 6.77%
Henry 15.54% 14.55% 4.64% 5.16%
Phil 2.58% 3.81% 25.37% 25.35%

Week 3- Bread

Best Baker:Michael Technical:Henry  Eliminated:Amelia  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 15.31% 11.26% 3.43% 5.49%
Michael 4.65% 4.85% 5.38% 27.64%
Priya 4.49% 6.26% 8.52% 8.65%
Helena 1.93% 2.32% 27.57% 10.25%
David 23.13% 17.17% 2.81% 7.24%
Michelle 11.84% 13.19% 1.44% 2.75%
Amelia 1.42% 1.82% 28.26% 9.56%
Alice 11.68% 15.60% 0.86% 2.13%
Steph 5.07% 5.42% 3.69% 4.87%
Henry 10.65% 11.73% 2.50% 12.26%
Phil 9.82% 10.38% 15.54% 9.14%

Week 2 – Biscuits

Best Baker:Alice  Technical:Alice  Eliminated:Jamie  Bonus:David

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 4.83% 6.64% 6.48% 5.48%
Michael 6.55% 7.04% 2.98% 6.90%
Priya 7.92% 8.54% 2.74% 10.26%
Helena 4.21% 4.07% 9.57% 5.96%
David 12.41% 10.50% 3.02% 7.57%
Michelle 5.06% 14.68% 0.59% 12.75%
Jamie 1.84% 1.78% 57.25% 4.57%
Amelia 7.12% 6.29% 1.98% 7.40%
Alice 11.82% 10.52% 1.11% 10.62%
Steph 10.02% 7.88% 2.96% 7.33%
Henry 24.48% 16.57% 1.46% 12.53%
Phil 3.74% 5.49% 9.88% 8.63%

Week 1 – Cake

Best Baker:Michelle Technical:Henry Eliminated:Dan Bonus:Steph

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Rosie 11.51% 10.26% 4.59% 5.42%
Michael 5.14% 6.61% 7.26% 6.29%
Priya 13.28% 12.66% 3.04% 5.74%
Helena 8.87% 8.85% 5.14% 6.71%
David 4.72% 8.61% 7.48% 9.23%
Michelle 9.21% 7.42% 3.71% 4.80%
Jamie 2.84% 5.48% 17.75% 11.12%
Amelia 9.01% 7.76% 3.63% 4.49%
Alice 18.42% 10.92% 2.02% 3.41%
Dan 5.84% 7.78% 10.92% 9.75%
Steph 3.41% 3.35% 7.80% 9.61%
Henry 4.31% 6.05% 9.01% 7.72%
Phil 3.45% 4.27% 17.65% 15.70%

2018 – Series 9

Week 10 – The Final

Winner: Rahul   Bonus: Ruby

Best Baker Bonus
Ruby 41.92% 21.64%
Rahul 26.53% 38.69%
Kim Joy 31.55% 39.67%

Week 9 – Pâtisserie

Best Baker:Ruby  Technical:Ruby  Eliminated:Briony  Bonus: None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Briony 23.56% 27.26% 24.34% 23.95%
Ruby 10.71% 21.77% 34.19% 54.60%
Rahul 24.45% 24.57% 24.38% 10.98%
Kim Joy 41.28% 26.40% 17.06% 10.48%

 

Week 8- Danish

Best Baker:Ruby  Technical:Briony  Eliminated:Manon  Bonus: None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Briony 17.69% 17.95% 17.12% 12.09%
Ruby 5.71% 9.98% 51.63% 9.52%
Manon 21.96% 25.09% 23.05% 15.19%
Rahul 45.50% 29.02% 2.19% 48.72%
Kim Joy 9.15% 17.95% 6.01% 14.47%

Week 7 – Vegan

Best Baker:Kim Joy  Technical:Rahul  Eliminated:Jon  Bonus: None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Briony 4.20% 8.88% 9.22% 13.08%
Ruby 5.81% 10.71% 27.15% 30.48%
Jon 2.81% 7.79% 32.00% 34.87%
Manon 5.04% 7.16% 27.22% 13.41%
Rahul 32.35% 32.31% 0.65% 4.39%
Kim Joy 49.78% 33.15% 3.76% 3.76%

Week 6 – Pastry

Best Baker:Briony  Technical:Briony  Eliminated:Dan  Bonus: Rahul

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Briony 2.07% 1.96% 50.61% 16.03%
Ruby 5.12% 5.26% 20.06% 12.42%
Dan 13.43% 18.91% 5.16% 6.35%
Jon 11.61% 11.79% 17.29% 2.98%
Manon 28.97% 27.36% 2.63% 11.50%
Rahul 33.39% 23.11% 0.63% 23.57%
Kim Joy 5.40% 11.61% 3.61% 27.15%

Week 5 – Spice

Best Baker:Kim Joy  Technical:Ruby  Eliminated:Terry & Karen  Bonus: Ruby

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Briony 1.26% 1.56% 15.50% 9.61%
Terry 1.37% 2.52% 25.55% 14.06%
Ruby 9.24% 11.54% 4.36% 17.25%
Karen 0.45% 0.78% 46.19% 22.14%
Dan 6.86% 19.25% 0.51% 1.97%
Jon 16.51% 15.95% 1.65% 5.34%
Manon 5.16% 7.34% 1.45% 7.38%
Rahul 49.85% 31.97% 0.16% 1.15%
Kim Joy 9.31% 9.09% 4.63% 21.07%

Week 4 -Desserts

Best Baker:Dan  Technical:Dan  Eliminated:None  Bonus: Manon

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Briony 8.25% 6.89% 9.74% 8.51%
Terry 2.20% 3.11% 32.48% 23.16%
Ruby 8.74% 6.70% 10.68% 16.73%
Karen 1.97% 5.18% 23.39% 20.38%
Dan 22.48% 13.20% 3.88% 5.44%
Jon 5.21% 8.38% 9.64% 12.71%
Manon 27.05% 24.23% 0.84% 2.62%
Rahul 11.52% 22.74% 0.58% 1.13%
Kim 12.58% 9.58% 8.77% 9.32%

Week 3- Bread

Best Baker:Rahul  Technical:Terry  Eliminated:Antony  Bonus:Kim-Joy

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Antony 6.10% 4.85% 5.43% 8.37%
Briony 14.03% 9.48% 2.12% 5.87%
Terry 5.04% 4.94% 46.72% 15.27%
Ruby 4.63% 5.50% 10.57% 23.17%
Karen 3.05% 4.48% 19.93% 20.39%
Dan 15.52% 11.97% 4.83% 6.49%
Jon 20.03% 11.87% 3.37% 4.75%
Manon 13.44% 19.93% 0.87% 2.25%
Rahul 6.59% 15.17% 1.31% 5.46%
Kim-Joy 11.57% 11.81% 4.83% 7.99%

 

Week 2 – Cake

NB: percentages for “Final 3” are of the total number of users who made a selection, not of the total nominations

Best Baker:Rahul  Technical: Jon  Eliminated:Luke  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus Final 3
Antony 3.12% 3.81% 3.90% 7.45% 18.93%
Briony 44.37% 17.33% 1.19% 3.79% 76.40%
Terry 1.15% 1.98% 49.05% 16.19% 4.98%
Ruby 7.94% 7.68% 6.97% 15.09% 26.35%
Luke 1.40% 2.74% 5.59% 7.11% 10.10%
Karen 3.17% 6.01% 5.05% 12.46% 7.74%
Dan 2.44% 3.81% 4.54% 7.73% 16.53%
Jon 1.09% 1.69% 10.05% 6.60% 5.62%
Manon 21.70% 39.44% 0.71% 1.16% 90.36%
Rahul 1.88% 3.81% 9.94% 12.68% 12.65%
Kim-Joy 11.73% 11.69% 3.02% 9.74% 30.41%

 

2017 – Series 8

Week 5- Pudding

Best Baker:Sophie   Technical:Sophie  Eliminated:James  Bonus:Kate

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
James 5.2 6.0 39.6 25.5
Julia 10.8 16.2 2.6 6.4
Kate 8.4 18.6 1.5 4.3
Liam 17.5 6.4 11.8 18.4
Sophie 21.4 17.3 3.3 5.0
Stacey 7.9 8.0 18.8 14.9
Steven 23.5 18.6 1.6 2.2
Yan 5.3 8.7 20.9 23.2

Week 4- Caramel

Best Baker:Kate   Technical:Stacey  Eliminated:Tom  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
James 3.1 5.0 17.3 9.5
Julia 5.5 13.7 1.6 7.0
Kate 10.7 10.0 5.0 5.8
Liam 1.9 2.0 41.7 29.1
Sophie 27.4 17.5 2.0 2.8
Stacey 4.7 3.5 20.2 15.7
Steven 27.9 22.1 0.6 3.3
Tom 10.3 11.8 4.5 7.0
Yan 8.5 14.4 7.2 20.0

 

Week 3- Bread

Best Baker:Julia  Technical:Stacey  Eliminated:Flo  Bonus:Tom

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Flo 6.0 % 5.7 % 18.1 % 12.8 %
James 12.6 % 12.5 % 6.0 % 5.0 %
Julia 3.8 % 5.8 % 7.1 % 9.1 %
Kate 9.2 % 8.3 % 3.4 % 5.3 %
Liam 2.6 % 3.6 % 16.2 % 15.2 %
Sophie 27.1 % 16.4 % 1.2 % 2.7 %
Stacey 2.1 % 2.7 % 39.6 % 31.2 %
Steven 16.5 % 22.7 % 0.4 % 2.8 %
Tom 10.4 % 12.0 % 2.9 % 4.7 %
Yan 9.6 % 10.3 % 5.1 % 11.1 %

Week 2- Biscuits

Best Baker:Steven  Technical:Yan  Eliminated:Chris  Bonus:Flo

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Chris 1.3 % 2.9 % 26.2 % 13.5 %
Flo 27.3 % 17.6 % 2.5 % 7.5 %
James 2.6 % 3.6 % 7.3 % 7.3 %
Julia 5.1 % 6.9 % 3.3 % 6.8 %
Kate 19.7 % 10.2 % 1.1 % 2.4 %
Liam 3.3 % 3.0 % 7.3 % 22.6 %
Sophie 1.3 % 12.2 % 1.4 % 2.1 %
Stacey 18.2 % 1.1 % 36.6 % 18.0 %
Steven 11.8 % 26.2 % 1.2 % 1.8 %
Tom 4.8 % 6.6 % 3.4 % 4.1 %
Yan 4.5 % 9.6 % 9.4 % 13.7 %

 

Week 1- Cake

Best Baker:Steven  Technical:Kate  Eliminated:Peter  Bonus:Steven

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Chris 4.58 % 6.44 % 10.78 % 7.74 %
Flo 14.83 % 15.44 % 6.97 % 7.54 %
James 4.70 % 5.96 % 12.28 % 10.78 %
Julia 11.10 % 11.47 % 5.23 % 6.32 %
Kate 10.01 % 8.87 % 5.55 % 6.12 %
Liam 7.17 % 5.39 % 8.51 % 13.25 %
Peter 3.93 % 5.71 % 12.60 % 9.89
Sophie 15.76 % 9.68 % 2.96 % 7.33 %
Stacey 6.93 % 10.09 % 9.97 % 3.89 %
Steven 6.60 % 6.56 % 8.43 % 10.82 %
Tom 8.83 % 9.16 % 6.12 % 9.76 %
Yan 5.55 % 5.23 % 10.62 % 6.56 %

2016 – Series 7

Week 10 – The Final

Best Baker:Candice Bonus:Jane

Best Baker Bonus
Andrew
 31.6 %
29.4 %
Candice 58.2 % 16.7 %
Jane 10.2 % 53.9 %

Week 9 – Patisserie

Best Baker:Andrew  Technical:Andrew  Eliminated:Selasi  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 33.0 % 33.6 % 10.1 % 47.9 %
Candice 40.1 % 34.3 % 3.7 % 15.6 %
Jane 5.3 % 28.1 % 17.0 % 6.5 %
Selasi 21.6 % 4.0 % 69.1 % 30.1 %

Week 8 – Tudor

Best Baker:Candice  Technical:Candice  Eliminated:Benjamina  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 13.1 % 24.7 % 10.9 % 14.9 %
Benjamina 34.3 % 25.4 % 4.3 % 8.5 %
Candice 22.4 % 18.3 % 10.0 % 22.1 %
Jane 25.3 % 26.3 % 15.0 % 18.0 %
Selasi 5.0 % 5.3 % 59.8 % 13.4 %

Week 7 – Desserts

Best Baker:Andrew  Technical:Andrew  Eliminated:Tom  Bonus:Selasi

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 8.2 % 8.4 % 28.7 % 23.5 %
Benjamina 36.5 % 27.5 % 2.0 % 5.3 %
Candice 22.8 % 22.0 % 4.4 % 9.3 %
Jane 16.6 % 28.1 % 10.8 % 12.7 %
Selasi 14.0 % 9.7 % 15.7 % 13.4 %
Tom 1.9 % 4.4 % 38.4 % 35.8 %

Week 6 – Botanical

Best Baker:Tom  Technical:Tom  Eliminated:Rav  Bonus:Tom

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 22.6 % 20.4 % 1.6 % 19.5 %
Benjamina 22.2 % 21.7 % 0.9 % 10 %
Candice 18.6 % 20.4 % 1.2 % 28.4 %
Jane 26.3 % 24.5 % 1.1 % 18.8 %
Rav 1.5 % 1.5 % 53.8 % 6.2 %
Selasi 5.8 % 6.7 % 5.1 % 9.5
Tom 2.9 % 4.8 % 36.3 % 7.6 %

Week 5 – Pastry

Best Baker:Candice  Technical:Jane  Eliminated:Val  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 34.8 % 20.9 % 1.5 % 4.7%
Benjamina 14.8 % 18.1 % 0.5 % 4.5%
Candice 9 % 11.8 % 5.2 % 39 %
Jane 24.2 % 27.1 % 1.8 % 8 %
Rav 1.3 % 2 % 37.4 % 10.8 %
Selasi 8.3 % 7.2 % 6.7 % 7.9
Tom 4.2 % 7.6 % 14.2 % 13.1 %
Val 3.4 % 5.2 % 32.8% 11.9 %

Week 4 – Batter

Best Baker:Benjmina  Technical:Benjamina  Eliminated:Kate  Bonus:Rav

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 22.4 15 2 4.8
Benjamina 14.6 10 3.9 7.5
Candice 5.8 7.5 7.9 11
Jane 14.0 19 2.8 4.2
Kate 19.7 17 2.2 3.3
Rav 3.3 4.5 21 33
Selasi 11.0 9.1 5 13
Tom 5.9 11 2.4 4.8
Val 3.3 6.5 53 19

 

Week 3 – Bread

Best Baker:Tom  Technical:Val  Eliminated:Michael  Bonus:None

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Andrew 15.8 19 1.7 4.4
Benjamina 15.4 13 1.7 4.8
Candice 5.4 10 1.4 6.1
Jane 11.3 16 2 3.5
Kate 17.0 11 0.9 2.8
Michael 3.5 4.5 4.7 9.5
Rav 3.1 3.9 9.8 16
Selasi 18.3 12 1 11
Tom 9.1 8.8 3.2 7.5
Val 1.2 1.5 74 35

 

Week 2 – Biscuits

NB: percentages for “Final 3” are of the total number of users who made a selection, not of the total nominations

Best Baker:Candice  Technical:Kate  Eliminated:Louise  Bonus:None  Final 3: Candice (W), Jane, Andrew

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus Final 3
Andrew 5.1 10.3 6.9 10.2 24.4
Benjamina 18.1 16.9 2.0 17.8 55.4
Candice 5.8 8.1 10.3 13.5 22.6
Jane 4.6 21.6 1.0 14.5 55.3
Kate 4.2 6.8 3.6 6.7 18.9
Louise 1.3 2.3 14.0 3.6 5.2
Michael 1.0 2.3 6.8 3.1 5.3
Rav 2.7 3.7 8.5 6.0 10.3
Selasi 54.0 19.6 0.4 13.8 86.3
Tom 1.4 4.5 9.0 4.6 10.5
Val 1.9 3.9 37.6 6.2 6.0

Week 1 – Cake

Best Baker:Jane  Technical:Selasi  Eliminated:Lee  Bonus:Tom

Best Baker Technical Eliminated Bonus
Selasi 6.1 4.8 8.4 8.1
Candice 7.2 6.2 9.4 12.5
Tom 4.1 5.2 13.6 10.7
Val 16.3 16.5 4.5 7.5
Louise 8.5 6.0 8.3 6.6
Lee 3.4 4.5 13.1 8.6
Jane 14.6 13.9 3.3 5.7
Kate 14.9 11.6 2.0 3.0
Benjamina 10.3 8.1 5.6 7.9
Michael 3.4 4.0 15.1 11.9
Rav 5.1 5.6 9.4 8.2
Andrew 6.0 13.7 7.4 9.2