Move over Theresa May, it’s Paul Hollywood who’s at the centre of the country’s most intense debate this year, after the baker set a hugely controversial technical challenge in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer.
Hollywood tasked ex-Newsnight frontman Jeremy Paxman, comedian Joe Wilkinson, actor Sally Lindsay and I’m a Celeb winner Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo to make six crumpets.
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The handshake enthusiast specified that they had to be “chocolate crumpets with a rich black cherry jam.”
The technical challenge caused an immediate stir in the tent: Paxman described the sweet treat as “disgusting” and fellow judge Prue Leith called the challenge “cruel”.
But their reactions were positively mild compared to the furore caused among viewers on Twitter.
Some declared the discovery would be a “life/waist changing” moment for them.
— Laura Barber (@lac_88) March 26, 2019
I have never heard of chocolate crumpets before. ???? This may well be a life/waist-changing moment. #GBBO
— Steph ???????? (@kitpatlecter) March 26, 2019
Things I didn’t know I needed but now must immediately have: Chocolate Crumpets #GBBO ???? ????
— Laura Alice (@laura_alice24) March 26, 2019
— Tammy Robinson (@tammyrobinson) March 26, 2019
But others claimed they were simply an “abomination”.
— Julie Frost (@JulieFrost3) March 26, 2019
Chocolate crumpets are an abomination. Burn them. Burn them now. #GBBO
— treaclespoon (@treaclespoon) March 26, 2019
Chocolate crumpets wtf #GBBO I am never watching this show again
— E M M A (@gravymonster) March 26, 2019
Wilkinson was crowned Star Baker in this charity edition of the show, wowing the judges with his “99% perfect” chocolate crumpets.
But it was the inspired choice to model his Showstopper bake around his own derriere, clad in a thong, that saw the comedian take the crown.
Wilkinson’s winning bake is the latest in a series of bizarre creations for the Great Celebrity Bake Off, with Russell Brand winning the first round of the show with a Showstopper modelled on his wife’s vagina.
But for some viewers even that will never be as bizarre as a chocolate crumpet…
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer continues next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4