‘This isn’t baking!’ GBBO viewers are left outraged after the contestants make DIPS for their final technical challenge – and say Mary Berry wouldn’t approve
- Last night’s Bake Off final saw the three contestants cook outside the tent
- They were asked to produce pitta breads alongside three cold dips
- Viewers were left outrages by the challenge claiming that dips aren’t bakes
Last night’s Bake Off final provoked a mixed reaction from fans, with many divided over whether Rahul was a deserving winner.
However, another moment proved to be equally controversial with viewers outraged as the bakers were asked to make dips for their technical challenge.
In a Bake Off first the final three contestants performed the challenge outside the tent as Paul Hollywood with Paul Hollywood setting the final technical.
Ruby, Rahul and Kim-Joy were tasked with cooking pitta breads on an open-fire for including three dips – a babaganoush, salsa verde and burnt pepper.
Viewers of the final of the Great British Bake Off were left outraged when the contestants were asked to make three dips as part of their final technical challenge
Fans of the show claimed that the inclusion of dips was ‘madness’ as it is not a bake taking to Twitter to share their outrage.
One wrote: ‘Hang on, dips aren’t baking? What’s this all about?’
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‘This is Bake Off, not MasterChef. What’s Paul Hollywood’s problem…3 dips… I don’t understand. Why’s he gotta be like that? What a f***** outrage’ tweeted another.
A third wrote: ‘Pretty sure Mary Berry would never have asked the finalists in #GBBO to make dips! I’ve never baked a dip!’
The final three contestants were asked to produce pitta breads on an open fire along with a babaganoush, salsa verde and burnt pepper
Viewers claimed that this wasn’t baking and that Mary Berry wouldn’t approve of the challenge
Filmed in the heatwave earlier this year, the contestants were provided with three parasols, which did little to keep the cool due to the sweltering heat of the fire during the technical.
They were told they had to heat the stones to right temperature, with none of them knowing what the right one is, or how to measure it.
As a result, Rahul, 30, presented a burnt flatbread, to which Prue commented: ‘It’s very charred.’
Kolkata-born research scientist Rahul beat off stiff competition from finalists Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett to win the coveted crown
And while Ruby’s pittas were deemed too thick, Kim-Joy’s pittas impressed with her three dips.
Kolkata-born research scientist Rahul beat off stiff competition from finalists Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett to win the coveted crown, just hours after bookies suspended bets on him stealing the crown.
His final challenge – an edible rock garden made from orange-flavoured green curd, cardamon diplomat and orange butter cream – secured his victory after a doughnut Signature Bake task and pitta bread Technical Challenge – complete with three dips – over an open fire.
Who is GBBO winner Rahul Mandal?
Rahul, who moved to the UK from Kolkata in 2010 to do a PhD in optical metrology (precision measurement using light) at Loughborough University has already won an army of fans on social media.
Once in the UK, he discovered new flavours and cuisines that have inspired his East-meets-West style of baking.
He will perhaps be best remembered for receiving a flurry of coveted ‘Hollywood handshakes’ during the series after securing the Star Baker title during the Break and Cake weeks.
Rahul went from outsider to series favourite for the Channel 4 competition after winning Star Baker twice in the first three weeks, yet Rahul took up baking only five years ago, to help him make friends.
Winner: Rahul Mandul moved to the UK from Kolkata in 2010 to do a PhD in optical metrology (precision measurement using light) at Loughborough University. He previously worked at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
A childhood snap of Kolkata-born GBBO winner Rahul Mandal standing in front of the Taj Mahal. Rahul went from outsider to series favourite for the Channel 4 content after winning Star Baker twice in the first three weeks, yet Rahul took up baking only five years ago
Series favourite Rahul as a little boy with a family member. His spreadsheet recipes and timid nature have already won him a huge fan base, and he melted hearts even more by revealing in week one that he Skypes his parents in India ‘every day’
His shaking hands have often betrayed his nerves and he once admitted: ‘Inside me is like a pressure cooker. It can burst any time.’ And despite his scientific approach he often winced while presenting his creations to be judged.
He famously apologised for putting too much fruit on his Chelsea buns during an earlier challenge, only for Paul Hollywood to tell him they were ‘baked to perfection’ and later describe him as a ‘little genius’ for his korovai – a sweet Eastern European bread served at weddings – which he decorated with swans.
In week two, his collar cake with chocolate shards earned him a coveted Hollywood handshake, the first for a showstopper, perhaps to make up for earlier calling him ‘chubby faced’.
Earlier this week, bookies suspended bets on Rahul Mandal taking the crown, and so it proved after he was named the winner on Tuesday night during a dramatic series finale (pictured: the Kolkuta-born scientist Skyping with his family back home)
His spreadsheet recipes and timid nature have already won him a huge fan base, and he melted hearts even more by revealing in week one that he Skypes his parents in India ‘every day’.
He was recently spotted carrying a giant sponge into work for his colleagues at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Rahul, who lives in Rotherham, admitted: ‘Even as a child, rather than watching sports, I enjoyed watching cookery shows. I never baked when I was in India. My baking journey began in the UK about five years ago when I was feeling lonely.
‘The first cake I made was about two years ago, when my parents visited the UK for the first time.’
Rahul’s friends Liz (pictured to his left) and David (to his right) supported him at the finale. They became his first friends when he arrived in Britain and took him under their wing, and David was the one who encouraged him to apply
‘Even five years ago I really had no idea about Bake Off. One of my colleagues kind of pushed me to apply. I think pretty much everybody I know will be surprised.’
Rahul came over to Britain eight years ago with no friends or family. Husband and wife Liz and David from Sheffield met him through work and deciding to take him under their wing, the trio struck up a firm friendship.
It was David that encouraged Rahul to bake and have the confidence to apply for the show.
Liz said during the finale: ‘I think it must have been really hard for him to come to this country and be on his own, it’s a very hard thing to do.’
David said: ‘To actually pick up the cuisine of a new country and get to a level where he’s one of the top three amateur bakers in the country is just phenomenal.
‘He is family and I know he sees us as his family in Sheffield. I think my life would have been a lot poorer if I hadn’t met Rahul.’
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