There’s been a whole lot to love about the Great British Bake Off 2020. Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding look like they’ve been presenting together for years, we’ve seen some incredible creations and Paul Hollywood’s tan gets more and more mesmerising every week.
It’s not been without controversy, but in the time of coronavirus, with the contestants self-isolating between shows, each episode feels like the virtual hug we could all use right now.
Now, we’re half-way through the series, and things are really hotting up in the tent.
The competition is getting tougher than a week-old baguette. We’ve lost some good bakers already (miss you, Sura) and there have been different star bakers each week. The contest truly is more open than ever.
The seven remaining contestants can now seriously start thinking about reaching the final. With the end in sight, we’ve taken a look at who’s left and stuck our neck out with a few predictions. Ready, set, bake!
Hermine has been a total joy since the very beginning, and one of the most eccentric contestants we can remember. She seems like she’s on another planet to the other bakers half the time and she’s provided us with some of the best laughs of the series. Between her awful Lupita Nyong’o Showstopper, having one of her creations completely destroyed by Paul and letting slip that she ‘didn’t know Noel did comedy’, she’s been the life and soul since the first week.
She showed her skills during bread week, but Hermine has been close to leaving a few times already. Given that her speciality, bread, has already come and gone, she may struggle on with the rest of the show.
Prediction: We really hope Hermine can stick it out to the final, but we’d be very surprised.
Dave has enjoyed a solid, if slightly unremarkable time on the show so far. The armoured guard from Hampshire won star baker after an impressive biscuit Showstopper in week two, but his creations have failed to make too great an impact since then. Seems a nice lad, but his flaws in cake week suggest that he might not have what it takes as an all-round baker to make it to the final. We don’t think he’ll be too upset if he does – he just welcomed a baby with his girlfriend Stacey. Congrats guys!
Prediction: Sorry Dave, but we can’t see you making the final three.
We’re still not quite over Marc’s cake version of David Bowie from week one, which gave us a glimpse of what the Thin White Duke would look like if he’d been made entirely of Play-doh.
Marc has been a good addition to the series, winning star baker in week three with The Dharma Wheel-inspired Showstopper during bread week. His structural work has been impressive, which isn’t surprising given his day job as a bronze resin sculptor, but his finesse and attention to detail has let him down at times. His cornish fish pasties showed his problems in a microcosm. He felt the pressure being Cornish himself, and they were all a little underdone and missing some essential crimping. Good, but not quite good enough we reckon.
Prediction: The final will be a bake too far for Marc.
Mark is finding his feet in the tent, and getting stronger every week after a pretty uninspiring start. He was awarded star baker in week four, and his aloo gobi and paneer pasties went down a storm on Tuesday’s episode. But he also showed that the pressure can get to him, entering an unfinished cage on top of his tart. At this stage of the competition, you can’t be making those kinds of mistakes more than once.
Prediction: We think it’ll be close but no cigar for Mark, just missing out on the final.
3. Lottie – finalist
Lottie had the privilege of being the first contestant to receive the famous Hollywood handshake in the tent this year, but her relationship with the judges has been a little rocky since then.
She’s been one of the standout performers so far, and viewers on social media have been loving her sass on the show too – especially after coming prepared with the dictionary definition of the word ‘tart’ when Paul suggested her caged tart ‘didn’t fit the brief’.
Quibbles aside, Paul and Prue called her pyramid cage in the Showstopper challenge ‘sensational’ and ‘exceptional’. There are a few issues with timings that she needs to be careful with, and she should probably try and avoid serving up any more brownies covered in ‘wet freezer juice’. She’s yet to be named star baker, but a few strong weeks could put her in a very good position.
Prediction: Sassing her way into the final three, just.
2. Laura – runner-up
Another example of a baker who is improving all the time, Laura won star baker in the most recent episode, and seems to be on top of her game as the competition progresses. She’s been very dependable across the five episodes so far, as well as being one of the most likeable contestants in this year’s show. Her musical-theatre love-in with Matt has been her highlight so far, but we think there’s plenty more to come from one of the dark horses of the competition.
Prediction: One to watch. In the final.
1. Peter – winner
The 20-year-old finance student from Edinburgh has shown skills and consistency beyond his years in the tent. He did Scotland proud after making a cake effigy of Sir Chris Hoy and smashing it with a Haggis themed biscuit week. As well as carefully crafting signature bakes and Showstopper favourites, he’s shown his natural talent has been shown in the technicals, coming out on top in the pastry week challenge
He’s the youngest in the competition and also seems completely adorable, having first got into baking gluten-free goodies for his brother who has an intolerance. He’ll go far.
Prediction: Our winner! There’s still a long way to go, but we reckon it’ll be Peter who takes home the Bake Off crown.
Great British Bake Off continues Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.