Great British Bake Off: Tom becomes the first contestant to be ELIMINATED after his anti-gravity cake fails to wow the judges
Tom has become the first contestant to be eliminated from The Great British Bake Off 2021.
The software developer, 28, failed to impress the judges with his lacklustre showstopper during Cake Week, after it failed to meet the brief of ‘defying gravity.’
Despite an early exit, Tom was gracious in his departure from the show, admitting his bake ‘didn’t go to plan at all.’
Gone! Tom has become the first contestant to be eliminated from The Great British Bake Off 2021 after failing to impress with his showstopper
Despite hefty ambitions with a showstopper inspired by his love of classical music, Tom’s bake was criticised for failing to create an illusion of defying gravity.
He also struggled with a Signature Challenge which required him to bake mini rolls, with his little cakes lamented by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Tom shared his disappointment at being eliminated, saying: ‘It didn’t go to plan at all. I have always been hard on myself, more than I really should be. But I am definitely proud of myself, and I never say that, so that must mean quite a bit.
A mess: The software developer failed to impress the judges with his lacklustre showstopper during Cake Week, after it failed to meet the brief of ‘defying gravity’
Difficult: Tom shared his disappointment at being eliminated, saying: ‘It didn’t go to plan at all. I have always been hard on myself, more than I really should be’
‘My showstopper was a bit of a disaster. I wanted something that would celebrate my love of classical music, so I made a three-tiered lemon and almond sponge cake of a concert hall.
‘The judges said that for an anti-gravity cake it didn’t really defy the laws of gravity. I know it’s hard to go out first and it was short and sweet, but it truly was an experience that I won’t forget.
‘Being the first to go I was worried that I might feel left out, but we have a WhatsApp group and the bakers have included me all along the way.
‘I think I am fairly shy so I still can’t quite believe that I have been on national television.’
Touching: Speaking after his departure, Tom said: ‘I know it’s hard to go out first and it was short and sweet, but it truly was an experience that I won’t forget’
Elsewhere George was equally stunned that he had survived for another week after his own Showstepper descended into disaster.
He said: I’m in shock I’m so pleased the judges have sene something in my baking and I’m here for another week.’
An equally surprised Amanda said: ‘I was absolutely thinking I was going to go first, I’m really sad for Tom he’s such a gentleman.’
Bake Off’s opening episode also saw German baker Jürgen, who wowed with a showstopper inspired by his love of late night reading.
Next week will see the remaining 11 bakers take on Biscuit Week, with an interactive showstopper, a retro technical and a snap-tastic signature.
The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.
Honoured: Despite a vast array of showstoppers, Paul and Prue awarded the first Star Baker of the series to Jürgen after he wowed with a cake to mimic his love of nighttime reading
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