The Great British Bake Off is back with its 2023 season and viewers worldwide could not be more excited!
During Tuesday’s 2023 premiere of The Great British Bake Off, viewers saw the return of veteran judge Paul Hollywood, longtime judge Prue Leith and returning host Noel Fielding. They were also introduced to the new bakers and new host, Alison Hammond. (U.S. viewers can watch the show, titled The Great British Baking Show across the pond, on Friday, September 29.)
There is no better way to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of baking season than with the return of The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off class of 2023 includes 12 talented bakers all hoping to take home the coveted cake plate and the title of Britain’s best baker.
But, earning the baking crown isn’t easy an easy feat. It involves weeks of practice, baking in a strange kitchen under the time constraints of a clock, and often some tears. Tuesday night’s premiere episode of Series 14 had plenty of the latter as the first booted contestant couldn’t hold back their emotions.
After a Signature round that had the bakers making vertical rolled sponge cakes, a Technical Challenge that forced them to recreate the iconic chocolate cake seen in the show’s opener, and a Showstopper where baker had to make animal shaped cakes, one baker was eliminated.
There has long been a debate over whether or not anyone should be sent home week 1, and this season’s premiere provided a great case for giving contestants a bye week.
43-year-old deli manager, Amos, bid farewell to the Bake Off tent.
Despite placing second in the Technical and landing middle of the pack with his Signature, Amos’s Showstopper, a cake carved into an orca, fell victim to the pressure of the tent and put an end to his Bake Off run.
Amos couldn’t hold back his tears of disappointment as Noel Fielding announced his name. “It was obviously the Show Stopper, it stopped my show….” he said as he started to cry.
“It’s been amazing, just to walk into that tent. It’s softening the blow a little bit.”
Viewers were as upset over Amos’s elimination as Amos was. Fans on social media expressed confusion over why the deli manager was eliminated when there were others who obviously struggled more in the tent this week.
Get to know Amos:
“Film and theatre enthusiast, theme-park lover and hospitality professional, Amos grew up in Nottingham with his mum and sister, but now lives and works in North London. As a child, Amos was always amazed by his mum’s ability to whip up delicious bakes at a moment’s notice – making her both the inspiration and the role model for his own commitment to some serious baking. Amos describes his bakes as a labour of love – his style is colourful and chic with keen attention to detail, and he loves exploring different flavour profiles. He compares his baking style to the converted church that he now lives in, calling both his style and home ‘traditional with a modern twist’.”