Great British Bake Off favourite under fire after professional training in Paris is revealed
Published 09/08/2015 | 13:13
The BBC has come under criticism after it was revealed that a contestant in the Great British Bake Off has been professionally trained in a Parisian kitchen.
Marie Campbell (66) was crowned star baker in the first episode of the new series but her professional patisserie training in Ecole Escoffier at the Ritz in Paris has been unveiled.
Scottish Marie wowed judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her perfect Maderia and Black Forest cakes and has run her own cupcake business in the past.
The Mail Online revealed that Marie also attended a host of baking classes in Glasgow following the completion of her training.
However the BBC insists that the granny does not breach the Bake Off’s rules as her training was more than thirty years ago.
The entry forms state that contestants can not be cast if they have had professional training in the last ten years.
A BBC spokesman said: "There are strict criteria to take part in the show and Marie met those criteria. She gained a certificate for one week’s training in Paris in 1984, more than 10 years ago. She has not worked professionally as a baker or chef."
The spokesman added that Mrs Campbell would not be commenting.
Marie’s odds drifted to 3/1 after her successful first week in the GBBO tent.