Sunday 4 December 2016

Great Irish Bake Off: Axe for James Gavin and Fionnadh McGonnigle after desserts fail to rise to occasion

Published 06/12/2015 | 21:59

The five final bakers on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7
The five final bakers on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7
Baker Fionnadh McGonigle on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7
The Signature Challenge is posed 3 individual soufflés 'light and delicate with precision with a sauce for each soufflé. The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7 (Semi-Final) airs this Sunday (06th December) at 9pm on TV3.
James on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7

The competition in the Great Irish Bake Off is heating up.

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In the semi-final on Sunday night, Kildare native James Gavin and architecture graduate Fionnadh McGonigle, from Monaghan, were both given the chop after their desserts failed to rise to the occasion for the judges.

While Fionnadh tried her best coconut and lime soufflé for her signature bake challenge, judge Paul Kelly, a pastry chef at the Merrion Hotel, said he was underwhelmed by her efforts.

“I am not mad about it, there’s nothing to give it that wow, I think it could have been a little higher when it came out of the oven."

James on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7
James on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7

James opted for a strawberry and dark chocolate soufflé and were both were eventually sent home and in his piece to camera after, he revealed that he was overcome with nerves.

After learning of his bake off fate, James said: "I’m actually really proud of myself for getting this far and as well for the fact the three remaining girls are absolutely brilliant."

Approaching the much-anticipated final next week, Limerick woman Clare Ryan is emerging as a contender for the title as she was named Star Baker in the episode for her gateaux St Honoré cake.

With seven weeks of baking challenges under their belts, the three finalists for this year's show are Ryan, Cathy McKenna and Emer Hough. The trio will compete in the grand finale next week as they take on a number of challenges issued by judges including the creation of a  Show Stopper and three-tiered wedding cake - in five hours.

Baker Fionnadh McGonigle on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7
Baker Fionnadh McGonigle on The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7

The Great Irish Bake Off’ Final airs Sunday December 13th at the later time of 10pm on TV3

The Signature Challenge is posed 3 individual soufflés 'light and delicate with precision with a sauce for each soufflé. The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7 (Semi-Final) airs this Sunday (06th December) at 9pm on TV3.
The Signature Challenge is posed 3 individual soufflés 'light and delicate with precision with a sauce for each soufflé. The Great Irish Bake Off episode 7 (Semi-Final) airs this Sunday (06th December) at 9pm on TV3.

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