Week two of The Great British Bake Off 2017, and another lovely baker has had to leave the tent.
That baker is… Chris.
Fifty-year-old Chris Geiger became the second baker to leave after he cracked under the pressure of Biscuit Week’s tricky fortune cookie technical challenge. He follows Peter, who left Bake Off on Channel 4 in Week One.
However, software developer and cancer survivor Chris said he had no regrets about taking part in Bake Off, saying he had “ticked another ambition off my list by getting on Bake Off”.
“I hope from being on the show, it raises awareness that cancer can be beaten and inspires anyone who is having treatment; that will be enough for me,” Chris said after leaving the show. “I hope patients will follow their goals in life, like I am trying to do.”
— Chris Geiger (@Chris_Geiger) August 29, 2017
He added that he was overwhelmed by the messages of support he had received from other cancer patients following his Bake Off debut last week: “I have received congratulations from people that have either been through treatment, or currently having treatment. The letters are so moving; when we read them my wife and I are sobbing away like a couple of babies. Something like that makes a whole sense of the competition, big time.”
Week two was biscuit week, which included judge Paul Hollywood setting the bakers a challenge to create two different varieties of fortune cookies. Unfortunately, these spelt disaster for Chris.
“My worst moment has to be the technical challenges, they were terrifying and clearly my downfall,” he said. “Making a fortune cookie didn’t work for me – Stacey messed up too and had a second go, but I didn’t have the energy to do it again.”
After making his decision, Paul said, “Everything fell to pieces for him; it’s a real shame as he has got some fantastic ideas.”
Fellow judge Prue Leith added, “Everyone will miss Chris, it’s one of the sad things about Bake Off is seeing people go.”
While Chris left the tent, fellow baker Steven (above) earned Star Baker for the second week in a row, impressing Paul and Prue with his incredible chess board biscuit showstopper.
Departing baker Chris said that even though his experience lasted two weeks, he will cherish the “privilege” of appearing on Bake Off forever.
“I never thought for one moment I would get into the Tent, my wife told me not to waste my time filling the form in,” he said. “It was a huge honour and such a privilege to step inside the tent on that first morning. Walking in was a highlight, totally surreal, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just thinking about it. I know there are thousands of bakers that want to get into that tent, I am one of the lucky few.”