We all remember the Baked Alaska scandal – or ‘#BinGate’ – and now it seems The Great British Bake Off has been hit with a fresh (if slightly less high-profile) cheating controversy: #PlasticGate
Viewers were left scandalised after it appeared that 26-year-old French contestant Manon Lagreve cheated during the showstopper challenge, leaving the acetate wrapper on her tiered chocolate collar cake in an apparent attempt to stop it melting in the summer heatwave, which had already proved disastrous for many of the bakers.
As he prepared to judge the cake, Paul Hollywood spotted the wrapper, asking her: “What’s going on? Why wasn’t this taken off?”
“Basically my chocolate didn’t set,” she replied.
“Well, it’s set now,” he said.
Hollywood and fellow judge Prue Leith went on to praise Manon’s “beautiful” cake – albeit with Hollywood’s caveat: “It’s a shame you didn’t take the plastic off.”
However, viewers were quick to criticise Manon’s ‘strategy’, with one viewer posting on Twitter: “Why is no one pointing out that Manon CHEATED by leaving her plastic collar on, therefore giving it extra time to set!”
Why is no one pointing it that Manon CHEATED by leaving her plastic collar on, therefore giving it extra time to set! CHEAT!!!! #gbbo#GBBO2018#gbbomanon