GBBO viewers fume as Sandro is snubbed for star baker AGAIN
GBBO viewers say fan favourite Sandro was ‘robbed’ after he is snubbed for star baker AGAIN – despite judges branding his three-tiered custard gateau in memory of his late friend a ‘triumph’
- Sandro Farmhouse made a three-tiered custard gateau for the show-stopper
- Judges Prue and Paul told him the gateau with 6 flavours was a triumph
- Despite positive comments, Sandro did not win Star Baker during Custard Week
- Viewers aired their frustration at the decision on Twitter after the episode
Great British Bake-Off viewers have slammed the show’s Custard Week episode after popular baker Sandro Farmhouse was ‘robbed’ of the Star Baker accolade.
As the seventh episode of the Channel 4 series saw the contestants bake floating islands, pistachio ice cream and a show-stopping custard gateau, viewers were baffled at why 30-year-old Sandro’s three-tiered creation with three different types of cake and custard didn’t earn him Star Baker.
Taking to Twitter to air their frustration, viewers said Sandro, who has only won Star Baker once despite frequently being top of the table, had been ‘robbed’ of the title, which went to Syabira, and added.
Sandro’s ‘tribute to a friend’ custard gateaux, from episode seven of this series of the Great British Bake Off, was described as a ‘triumph’ by judge Paul Hollywood – but viewers were upset he did not win Star Baker
Sandro Farmhouse, 30, from London, revealed his gateau was a tribute to his late friend who had encouraged him to apply for the show
Viewers took to Twitter to air their frustration that Sandro had not been crowned Star Baker in Custard Week
During the episode, Sandro presented the judges with a cherry, chocolate and brandy infused ‘floating island’ – which is a dessert comprised of meringue sat on top of custard.
Although the judges deemed it a little too boozy while Paul Hollywood said it looked ‘busy’, they enjoyed his signature dish.
In the technical challenge, which staggered contestants’ start and finish times for the first time ever, they were tasked with making pistachio ice cream in a waffle cone from scratch, which was to be dipped in chocolate and praline.
Sandro, who was the first baker to begin the challenge, ended up top of the leaderboard for his perfectly-set ice cream, presented neatly with two scoops per cone – as Prue Leith had hoped for.
Sandro’s three-tiered gateau was iced neatly in white and decorated with piped purple ‘flowers’ before he adorned it with gold flakes
As the judges cut into the cake, Sandro explained the sophisticated combination of flavours including coffee, orange and vanilla
Finally came the episode’s shop-stopper challenge during which the bakers had to present an impressive layered dessert featuring different types of custard, which were intended to be the ‘star’ of the bake.
At the beginning of the challenge, Sandro revealed the three-tiered custard gateau he was building was an ode to a late friend of his, who had always encouraged him to apply to be on the show.
Although he did not reveal much about his friend, he commented during the challenge that he was feeling ’emotional’ as he put together his tribute.
Presenting the gateau, which was smoothly covered with buttercream and iced with piped purple ‘flowers’, to the judges, Sandro explained the complicated flavour combinations he had managed to infuse in the cake.
He said: ‘The bottom tier, the sponge is coconut and you’ve got the mango custard’ before explaining he had filled the second and top tiers with coffee, orange and vanilla flavours.
Viewers took to Twitter to air their views about Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood’s decision to crown Syabira Star Baker, claiming Sandro deserved the title more
Paul described Sandro’s bottom tier as ‘a triumph’, while Prue said: ‘I love it’.
She added: ‘I think every one of those cakes is highly saleable, absolutely delicious and would be gobbled up by anybody.’
However, Sandro faced a tiny criticism from Paul, who said his coffee custard was ‘glutinous and dry’.
At the end of the episode, viewers were convinced Sandro was in the running for Star Baker, having had another great week in the tent.
However, when presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas announced Syabira had won the title for the second week running, viewers took to Twitter to express their sense of injustice.
One person wrote: ‘Sandro deserved Star Baker this week. They are so unfair, Syabira was just ok.’
Another said: ‘I need Sandro to get Star Baker soon or even a handshake. I’m really sad about it.’
One viewer simply commented: ‘Sandro’s been robbbbbed!’ (sic)
While many viewers were annoyed he did not claim Star Baker this week, they also expressed how they were moved by his custard gateaux as a tribute to his late friend.
‘Bless Sandro – the custard cake tribute to [his] friend is simply beautiful,’ one person said.
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