The Great British Bake Off 2016 contestants: Andrew Smyth
Profession: Aerospace Engineer
Follow Andrew on Twitter @cakesmyth
Who is Andrew Symth?
This year’s wild card. Why? He’s an aerospace engineer. He actually designs jet engines. For Rolls-Royce. Showstoppers should be a doddle.
The Northern Irish Cambridge graduate first got into baking thanks to lessons from his Mum and Gran. Oh, and he also sings in his local musical society. So that's all good.
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What is Andrew’s baking style?
Remember Richard from 2014? Andrew's just like that (without the pencil in the ear). Andrew wants to push the boundaries of baking and design, and he’s even planning on baking a baguette Concorde.
How well is Andrew doing on Bake Off?
After a steady opening week, Andrew used his engineering nous to full effect in Biscuit Week's showstopper – a 3D gingerbread recreation of his time punting down the river in Cambridge. He was just pipped to the post for Star Baker in Bread Week, losing out to episode winner Tom Gillford. In Batter Week, all his piping and churros straining came to nothing, as he was just beaten by Star Baker Benjamina.
Botanical Week saw Andrew come in for particular grilling from the judges. It looked as if he was heading for the exit – leading to tears all around as Rav left instead. Can he make it through Tudor Week unscathed?