Another contestant axed from Bake Off during 80s week

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Another Contestant Axed From Bake Off During 80S Week Another Contestant Axed From Bake Off During 80S Week
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By Tom Horton, PA

Lottie has been eliminated from The Great British Bake Off during an episode which saw the contestants take on a number of 1980s-themed challenges.

The 31-year-old pantomime producer failed to impress in the final round of the episode, which saw the amateur bakers tackling an ice cream cake.

The contestants were tasked with making quiches, finger doughnuts and ice cream cakes and Hermine was named star baker.

Hot weather conditions during filming of the episode, which took place over the summer, caused many of the contestants problems and Lottie failed to get an ice cream coating for her cake to set.

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She said her effort was “quite frankly an embarrassment”.

Judge Paul Hollywood said: “I think it looks terrible, if it tasted good then you sort of hang something on that, but besides the puff rice down the bottom, I’m just not getting anything from it all. Nothing.”

After being eliminated from the programme, she said: “It is just a massive relief but also I’m gutted to not be with everyone every day.

“Honestly it has been amazing.

“I literally packed two outfits and I’m here in week seven wearing everyone else’s clothes.

“I can’t believe the stuff I have done, I got a handshake, I got star baker, I’m so chuffed with myself and maybe I can bake.”

Laura, 31, a digital manager from Kent, was also unsuccessful in the ice cream cake challenge with her effort, which contained brownie.

She narrowly avoided exiting the programme and the judges weighed up whether to axe her or Lottie.

Hermine, a 39-year-old accountant from London, excelled in the quiche challenge with her bakes, one of which contained mushroom and spinach and another with salmon and leak.

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Her work was praised by the judges despite the fact she had to rush to finish by turning her oven up to a high temperature as she was running the risk of not finishing on time.

Judge Prue Leith said she had created “such a classic combination, and such a good one”.

After the challenge, Hermine said: “I can’t believe the comments, I genuinely thought I have booked my ticket home.”

She also finished first in the technical finger doughnut challenge, while she also impressed with her mango and coconut ice cream cake.

Leith praised her again after the final challenge, saying: “As always, you’re doing classic things but very beautifully.”

Production of the 11th series of Bake Off was initially delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but filming of the Channel 4 programme finished near the end of August.

The bakers, presenters and others working on the programme formed a “bubble” in Down Hall Hotel near Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, throughout the duration of filming, after being tested for the virus and self-isolating.

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