'I don't even want to taste that' - Great Irish Bake Off shock double elimination on disastrous Chocolate Week
Chocolate Week proved to be the downfall of almost every single contestant on The Great Irish Bake Off and asa result two bakers were sent home in a shock double elimination.
Tasked with baking judge Paul Kelly's 'Triple chocolate Swiss Roll' for the technical challenge, the bakers initially seemed buoyant but by the time it came to the blind tasting it was clear the challenge had been an almost complete disaster.
Paul, Executive Pastry Chef at The Merrion Hotel, was horrified by the bakes presented before him and even refused to taste Damien's effort as the cream had curdled.
"I don't even know if I want to taste that. It's the worst I've seen," he said, adding, "I'm in shock. That's just a mess."
The standard wasn't much better as he and fellow judge Lily Higgins surveyed the other soggy, sorry Swiss Rolls, most of which failed to fulfil the 'roll' criteria.
Following the challenge, Damien commented; “It couldn’t have gone any worse, it was a complete disaster” although he wasn't the only one getting comments like, "cream over-whipped - scrambled egg", and "sloppy" and "awful".
Speaking afterwards, Sandra O'Reilly had sympathy for Paul, "I can understand why he's upset because his recipe is his recipe and we massacred his recipe."
The best of a bad lot of bad lot was Clare's effort which Lily said, "it had the right roll, right proportion of cream and jam and had the correct legs on the side".
All the bakers knew they had to pull out all the stops for the Showstopper Challenge - Chocolate Selection Box.
In a bid to try and save his place in the competition, Damien pulled out all the stops for the Showstopper Challenge with his ‘Chipper Chocolate Selection Box’ but the judges felt his bake was lacking the flavour to match his creative display.
Darina’s Technical Bake and her ‘Christmas in Killarney Chocolate Selection Box’, didn’t quite go to plan, its messy presentation and lack of structure, left her dreading the eliminations.
And for Judges Paul Kelly and Lilly Higgins, her bakes did not rise to the challenge of ‘Chocolate Week’. Both Damien and Darina were eliminated.
Speaking afterwards, Damien said: “Competition is getting stiff in there now, it’s a different standard. I’m happy I got this far, I’m proud I got this far, proud of myself.”
Following the decision to send Damien packing, Judge Paul Kelly said: “Unfortunately Damien is going home, great character.”
Speaking afterwards, Darina said: “No one want’s to be eliminated, but there is no way, I’m going to stop baking. It doesn’t matter how many times I’m told something looks messy, I’m still going to try it again.”
Following the decision to send Darina home, Judge Paul Kelly said: “Darina has brought a lot to the table, but I think she has just reached her peak.”
Next week is International Week. With the semi-final just two weeks away, The Signature Challenge will be to bake a cake influenced by their favourite country.
The Bakers will then be given their toughest Technical Challenge yet - a popular pudding in many Irish homes but this task comes with a twist.
‘The Great Irish Bake Off’ airs every Sunday at 9pm on TV3