“Sandi still texts me” – Bake Off 2017 contestant Chris praises “great” new presenting line-up

The Great British Bake Off baker is full of praise for the "supportive" new line-up on Channel 4

Bake Off 2017: Sandi and Chris

Biscuit Week on The Great British Bake Off 2017 saw contestant Chris leave the tent, but even though he only lasted two weeks, the departing baker says he’s made an instant connection with the new Channel 4 presenting line-up.


Baker Chris Geiger became the second person to exit Bake Off this week, but he came away with glowing reviews for new presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

In fact, Chris revealed that presenter Sandi Toksvig still keeps in touch with him, sending him messages and jokes months after his time filming the Channel 4 series ended.

“The presenters were great, so warm and friendly and really supportive,” Chris said after leaving the Bake Off tent. “Sandi still texts me and we swap silly jokes, and I had great laughs with Noel and we shared a love of interesting shirts!”

‘Interesting shirts’ you say?

The Great British Bake Off 2017: Chris

Chris added that new judge Prue Leith went out of her way to help put this year’s batch of contestants at ease.

“I was so happy that Prue hugged me when we first met, putting me at ease, she’s adorable,” he said. “I am obsessed with bread, so really wanted to impress Paul with my knowledge and skill of bread-making. I am obviously disappointed that I never got to Bread Week.”

Sorry Chris, Bread Week is next week, where the ten remaining bakers face a ‘sculpture showstopper’ challenge that’s “the most ambitious sculpture showstopper ever set in bread week”.

What, even more ambitious than the ‘bread lion’ of 2015?

Bake Off bread lion

Despite his exit, Chris said he only has fond memories of his time on Bake Off: “My best moment was meeting the other bakers, finding the connection, making 11 instant new friends. It sounds cringey but so true. We swap jokes, recipes and naughty innuendos over our WhatsApp group. I was cynical about previous bakers’ friendship, but I totally get it now.”


The Great British Bake Off continues next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off 2017: meet the bakers

Kate Lyon

Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant Kate

Julia Chernogorova

Great British Bake Off contestant Julia


Great British Bake Off contestant Flo

Steven Carter-Bailey

Steven Bake Off 2017


James Hillery

James Hillery Bake Off 2017

Sophie Faldo

Bake Off 2017 Sophie


GBBO8 Baker Tom 1401

Stacey Hart


Liam Charles

Great British Bake Off contestant Liam Charles

Who has left The Great British Bake Off 2017?

Peter – left in Week One


Chris Geiger – left in Week Two

Great British Bake Off contestant Chris