Series two of the best talent contest on TV comes to an end tonight – or at least the competitive part of it does, as we see who follows last year’s winner Edd Kimber in becoming the Great British Baker. After that we can sit back and enjoy three masterclasses from judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood – but for now, all eyes are on the three finalists.
Over the past seven weeks they’ve showcased their skills at Valentines Mansion in north-east London, baking cupcakes, quiche, bread, biscuits, pie, cheesecake, mousse cake and much else besides.
But who will prevail tonight, when the challenges overseen by presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins include making petit-fours and, for the first time on The Great British Bake Off, puff pastry?
Who’s going to win? Here are the contenders…
An early front-runner who can achieve perfection when she’s on song, but can also crumble like an overcooked Swiss roll. Recently, she’s struggled to produce dishes that please Paul Hollywood. She’s been star baker twice – can she be the ultimate star baker tonight?
Surely the favourite. Mary-Anne’s not just shone technically – she has a capacity for invention the other two can’t match. If she bakes at her best, she should take the title. That said, she’s never been star baker so if Holly or Jo do something special, Mary-Anne could be left behind.
The dark horse. For the first few weeks she seemed to be sneaking through without doing anything too spectacular and looked set for a mid-series exit, but the week before last she was star baker and she’s got every chance of winning now if she can repeat that form.
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