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It's getting hot in the kitchen as youngest Great Irish Bake Off contestant Natasha is sent home

Published 08/11/2015 | 21:55

Baker Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Baker Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Paul Kelly & Lilly Higgin judging Bread Week on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3

The Great Irish Bake Off's youngest contestant has been sent home packing.

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17-year-old Natasha Dawson's technical bake challenge didn't rise to the occasion, while her signature bake dish - an Italian Tortano - stuffed picnic loaf also didn't make the judges cut. In the blind testing, her stollen bread came sixth out of all 12 contestants.

The teen from Donegal, who is also studying for her Leaving Cert, was teary as she heard the news and said afterwards that she was "shocked".

"I was quite shocked, I didn’t really know how to react. I am disappointed with myself because I know I could have done so much better," she said.

Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3

"I promised myself I wouldn't cry, but hey I did. And I know I'm an ugly crier, so I don't know how that's going to look when I watch it," she laughed.

Judges Paul Kelly, Executive Pastry Chef at The Merrion and Lily Higgins praised her abilities after, saying she had "done herself proud."

“Sadly Natasha’s journey has come to an end, but she has so much potential and she has done herself proud," Higgins said.

Kelly added: "The Lovely thing about Natasha is, she has taken this all on board, I hope she has learnt from it, and I know myself and Natasha are going to cross paths again."

Paul Kelly & Lilly Higgin judging Bread Week on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Paul Kelly & Lilly Higgin judging Bread Week on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3

While Natasha was sent back to 'real life', playschool teacher Sandra O'Reilly came up trumps and was awarded 'Star Baker' for her breakfast picnic loaf.

Next week is chocolate week, including a show-stopper challenge of a selection box.

Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Natasha Dawson on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3

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