'You savage!': GBBO's Paul Hollywood sparks storm with controversial jaffa cake dunk
Paul Hollywood caused a storm with his decision to dunk a jaffa cake in his cup of tea on The Great British Bake Off.
The much-loved BBC baking show returned to screens for a new series last night. But while viewers were keen to see which hopefuls impressed judges Paul and Mary Berry, it was the silver fox's controversial dunking move that caused the biggest storm on Twitter.
After setting contestants a technical challenge to make 12 identical jaffa cakes, Paul and Mary tucked into a plate of perfectly created biscuits as they discussed the correct way to make the sweet treats. As their discussion came to an end, Merseyside native Paul moistened his jaffa by sticking it in his brew, leading to an aghast Mary berating him as she said: "We don't do that in the South."
Viewers were also quick to debate Paul's move, with one writing, "Paul Hollywood dunks his Jaffa Cakes in tea. This is unacceptable. Just dunk a Digestive instead you savage. #GBBO" while another added, "If someone dipped Jaffa cake into tea in my home they'd be immediately asked to leave #GBBO."
If someone dipped a Jaffa cake into tea in my home they'd be immediately asked to leave #GBBO— Bry (@BryOnTour) August 24, 2016
Do jaffa cakes dunk? YES THEY DO MARY BERRY. #GBBO— Yorkshire Tea (@YorkshireTea) August 24, 2016
Mary Berry: We don't do that in the south you know.— David Jeffery (@DavidJeffery_) August 24, 2016
Not sure if she's talking about dipping jaffa cakes or young people owning homes. #GBBO
Paul you absolute DIRTBAG dipping your Jaffa cake! #GBBO— Alice Goodwin (@TheRhubarbTart) August 24, 2016
Maybe they dunk Jaffa cakes into their tea in the Wirral but not around here mate. #jaffagate— Chris Williams (@ChrisDWilliams) August 24, 2016
Paul Hollywood dunks his Jaffa Cakes in tea. This is unacceptable. Just dunk a Digestive instead you savage. #GBBO— Liz (@strengthtodream) August 24, 2016
I'm not backing the Jaffa cake decision from Mazza on #gbbo here like... My least favourite biscuit— Vicky Pattison (@VickyPattison) August 24, 2016
I hope the taste test for the Jaffa cakes is a homage to the "full moon, half moon, total eclipse" ad TBH #GBBO— Conor Behan (@platinumjones) August 24, 2016
The technical challenge is to work out whether a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit #GBBO— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) August 24, 2016
Another viewer tweeted: "Never has anyone seen mary berry more disgusted than when paul dunked his jaffa cake #GBBO."
Others insisted Paul's dunking was more than acceptable.
Meanwhile, church pastor Lee Banfield became the show's first casualty when he was kicked off the programme after failing to impress with his drizzle cake, his jaffa cake technical challenge and his mirror glaze cake showstopper.
After leaving the famous white tent, Lee laughed: "At church I do regular baking demonstrations but I won’t show the congregation how to make Jaffa-style cakes.
“I am not going to repeat that experience – I’ll buy them a pack instead!"
Jane Beedle was crowned the first Star Baker of the series, after leaving Paul and Mary more than satisfied with her lemon and poppy seed drizzle cake, her perfectly uniform jaffas and her mirror glaze offering - which was basically a giant version of the technical challenge.