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The Great British Bake Off (series 6)

The sixth series of The Great British Bake Off first aired on 5 August 2015, with twelve contestants competing to be crowned the series 6 winner.[1] Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins present the show, and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood return as judges.[2] The competition was held in the ground of Welford Park, Berkshire for a second year.[3] The series was won by Nadiya Hussain, with Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming finishing as runners-up.[4][5]

The Great British Bake Off Series 6
Presented by Mel Giedroyc
Sue Perkins
Judges Mary Berry
Paul Hollywood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Producer(s) Paolo Proto
Location(s) Welford Park
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Release
Original network BBC One
Original release 5 August (2015-08-05) – 7 October 2015 (2015-10-07)
Chronology
Preceded by Series 5
Followed by Series 7

Contents

BakersEdit

Baker[6] Age Occupation Hometown Links
Alvin Magallanes 37 Nurse Bracknell, Berkshire [7][8]
Dorret Conway 53 Accountant Penwortham, Lancashire [9][10]
Flora Shedden 19 Art gallery assistant Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross [11][12]
Ian Cumming 41 Travel photographer Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire [13][14]
Marie Campbell 66 Retired Auchterarder, Perthshire [15]
Mat Riley 37 Fire fighter London [16]
Nadiya Hussain 30 Full-time mother Leeds / Luton [17]
Paul Jagger 49 Prison governor Swansea, Wales [18][19]
Sandy Docherty 49 Child welfare officer Yeadon, West Yorkshire [20][21]
Stu Henshall 35 Professional musician Guildford, Surrey [22][23][24]
Tamal Ray 29 Trainee anaesthetist Manchester [25]
Ugnė Bubnaityte 32 PA and administrator Woodford, London [26][27][28]

Results summaryEdit

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Nadiya SB SB WINNER
Ian SB Runner Up
Tamal SB Runner Up
Flora OUT
Paul OUT
Mat SB OUT
Alvin OUT
Ugnė OUT
Sandy OUT
Dorret OUT
Marie SB OUT
Stu OUT

Colour key:

     Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
     Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but was not the Star Baker.
     Baker got through to the next round.
     Baker was eliminated.
     Baker was the Star Baker.
     Baker was a series runner-up.
     Baker was the series winner.

EpisodesEdit

     Baker eliminated
     Star Baker
     Winner

Episode 1: CakesEdit

For the first challenge, the bakers were given two hours to make a Madeira Cake, which was chosen as an "easy" challenge for the bakers. The cake should have a dome and a crack on top, though Mary stated the cake should not differ too far from the original. For the technical challenge, the bakers had one and three quarter hours to make Mary's recipe for a Frosted Walnut Cake, which should have three layers and a meringue coating, along with caramelised walnuts. A Black Forest gâteau was set as the final challenge. In three and a half hours, the bakers were tasked with making a cake that should be extravagant, and should "impress" Mary and Paul.

Baker Signature
(Madeira Cake)
Technical
(Frosted walnut layer cake)
Showstopper
(Black Forest gâteau)
Alvin Orange, vanilla and fig Madeira cake 2nd Black Forest gâteau
Dorret Madeira cake with candied lemon 5th Enchanted forest gâteau
Flora Blood orange Madeira cake 6th Black Forest gâteau
Ian Somewhere west of Madeira cake 8th Black Forest cherry tree
Marie Zingy citrus Madeira cake 3rd A walk in the Black Forest
Mat Gin and tonic Madeira cake 7th Black Forest Gateau
Nadiya Orange and green cardamom Madeira cake 12th Quadruple chocolate Black Forest gâteau
Paul Lemon, ginger and caraway seed Madeira cake 10th Black Forest chocolate creation
Sandy Madeira cake with almond liqueur and chopped apricots 9th Black Forest gâteau
Stu Marley Madeira cake 11th Purple Forest gâteau
Tamal Pistachio and rose Madeira cake 4th Black Forest gâteau in a chocolate shell
Ugnė Lemon and thyme Madeira cake 1st Falling cup gâteau

Episode 2: BiscuitsEdit

For the signature challenge, the bakers were given two hours to bake 24 identical biscotti of any shape, flavour or size. In the technical challenge, they were required to make eight arlettes, which are high-end light delicate cinnamon-flavoured biscuits, in two and a half hours. For the show stopper, they were set the challenge of making 36 biscuits, to be presented in a biscuit box made of a different kind of biscuit mix. They were given four hours in this challenge.

Baker Signature
(24 Biscotti)
Technical
(Arlettes)
Showstopper
(Edible biscuit box)
Alvin Jackfruit, pistachio and macadamia biscotti 6th Gingerbread box and brandy snaps
Dorret Almond and apricot biscotti with amber sugar crystals 1st Green Tea gingerbread box and cocoa bean shortbread frogs
Flora Wedding biscotti 2nd Honey and lemon box and Earl Grey tea biscuits
Ian Orange, rosemary and almond biscotti with a zabaglione dip 3rd Cylindrical shortbread box and macaroons
Marie Biscotti italiano 11th Orange Russian box and cinnamon shortbread
Mat Pistachio, cranberry and white chocolate biscotti 5th Gingerbread fire engine and Earl Grey tea biscuits
Nadiya Coconut, fennel and pistachio biscotti 9th Cayenne gingerbread vessel and fortune cookies
Paul Chocolate, hazelnut and fig biscotti 10th Gingerbread box and pink macaroons
Sandy Chocolate chunk and hazelnut biscotti 4th Sun-dried tomato & cheese biscuit box and parmesan 'sandwich' biscuits
Tamal Cinnamon, maple and cranberry biscotti 8th Star anise flavoured box and chequered shortbread biscuits
Ugnė White wine biscotti 7th Lithuanian honeycake jar and cinnamon cookies with fondant baby

Episode 3: BreadEdit

In the first task, the bakers were given one and a half hour to make two quick bread to be made free-form (i.e. not in a tin). For the second task, Paul set the bakers the challenge of baking four identical crusty baguettes in two and a half hours. For the final showstopper, the bakers needed to make a 3D bread sculpture in five hours, using three types of dough, and one of them should be filled.

Baker Signature
(2 quick breads)
Technical
(Baguettes)
Showstopper
(3D bread sculpture)
Alvin Prosciutto, manchego and balsamic onion soda breads 4th Cornucopia
Dorret Walnut and Stilton soda breads 6th Unmade bread
Flora Fig and hazelnut rye breads 2nd Herb couture
Ian Wild garlic pesto soda breads 1st Flour power
Mat Jalapeño, Mexican cheddar and smoked salt soda breads 8th Curry inspired Brighton Pavilion
Nadiya Mexican bread with warm tomato salsa 9th Snake charmer's basket
Paul Cranberry and orange sweet soda breads 10th King of the jungle
Sandy Soda breads with smoked bacon and onion 7th Basket of bread flowers with a walnut and blue cheese centre
Tamal Fig, cheese and walnut breads 3rd Breadcycle
Ugnė Chocolate quick breads with salted caramel sauce 5th Easter basket
  • Paul received the first ever special commendation for his showstopper King of the Jungle.[29]

Episode 4: DessertsEdit

For the signature challenge, the bakers had to make twelve crème brûlées. They had two and a half hours, with the brief being given that they custard must be set, and that the bakers weren't allowed to use a blowtorch to caramelise the top. For the technical challenge, the bakers had four hours to make a Spanische Windtorte. This dessert had two types of meringue, Swiss and French, designed into a circular box and filled with cream and fruit. Three tiers of cheesecakes was set as the showstopper. The structure must be self-standing, and must have unique flavours.

Baker Signature
(12 crème brûlées)
Technical
(Spanische Windtorte)
Showstopper
(Three-tiered cheesecake)
Alvin Blackberry crème brûlées 9th Tower of fruits cheesecakes
Flora Rhubarb and ginger crème brûlées 3rd Elderflower and granola cheesecakes
Ian Pomegranate two ways crème brûlées 4th Trio of spicy and herby baked cheesecakes
Mat Coconut crème brûlées 7th Chocolate bar cheesecakes
Nadiya Cinnamon tea crème brûlées 8th Fizzy pop cheesecakes
Paul Almond crème brûlées 1st Berry cheesecake tower
Sandy Pontefract crème brûlée 6th Cassata, whisky and orange & apple pie cheesecakes
Tamal Rhubarb and stem ginger crème brûlées 5th Mango, hazelnut and rosemary cheesecake trio
Ugnė Marula fruit and coffee liqueur crème brûlées 2nd Lime, coconut and hazelnut cheesecakes

Episode 5: Alternative IngredientsEdit

This episode has a theme of using alternatives for ingredients usually used in baking. For the signature bake, the bakers were given the challenge of baking a cake, but without using sugar. They were given two and a half hour for the bake. For the technical bake, the challenge was to make twelve identical gluten-free pitta breads in two hours. In the showstopper, the bakers needed to make an ice-cream roll using dairy-free ice-cream. They were given four and a half hours for the bake.

Baker Signature
(Sugar-free cake)
Technical
(Gluten-free pitta breads)
Showstopper
(Dairy-free ice-cream roll)
Alvin Pineapple upside-down cake 8th Buko pandan, mango and passion fruit ice cream roll
Flora Pistachio, apple and cardamom madeleine cake 3rd Chocolate and pear bûche
Ian Honey and flowers cake 5th Dessert island
Mat Sugar-free carrot cake 4th Raspberry and coconut ice cream roll
Nadiya Naked blueberry and caraway crunch cake 1st Chocolate and strawberry lime ice cream roll
Paul Carrot and pecan cake 2nd Dessert island getaway
Tamal Honey and grapefruit polenta cake 7th Passion fruit and pineapple ice cream roll
Ugnė Chocolate and hazelnut sugar-free cake 6th Chocolate peanut butter and grape jelly roll

Episode 6: PastryEdit

For this week's signature challenge, the bakers had to make a Frangipane tart in two hours, the brief being that it must be open-topped and use shortcrust pastry. In the technical, the bakers had to make Flauones - a cheese filled pastry made in Cyprus. They had two hours. Vol-au-vents were set as the Showstopper - the bakers had to make two types, all using their own puff pastry - in three hours and forty five minutes.

Baker Signature
(Frangipane tart)
Technical
(Flaounes)
Showstopper
(48 Vol-au-vents (two types))
Alvin Plum Frangipane Tart 6th Salmon en Croûte Vol-au-vents
Chicken à la King Vol-au-Vents
Flora Apricot and Rosemary Frangipane Tart 2nd Asparagus and Parma Ham Vol-au-vents
Praline and Chocolate Vol-au-vents
Ian Pear and Raspberry Frangipane Tart 3rd Vol-au-vents "Terre et Mer"
Mat Piña Colada Frangipane Tart 1st His 'n' Hers Vol-au-vents
Nadiya Bay Leaf, Rong Tea and Pear Tart 4th Bengali Korma Vol-au-vents
Clementine with Cod Vol-au-vents
Paul Christmas Frangipane Tart 5th Savoury and Sweet Bouchées
Tamal Spiced Pear Frangipane Tart 7th Chicken and Coriander Vol-au-vents
Fennel and Rosemary Pulled Pork Vol-au-vents

Episode 7: VictorianEdit

For the first challenge, the bakers had three hours to make a Raised Game Pie. The pie must have thin pastry, and must be very ornate, as most Game Pies from the era were. For the technical challenge, a Tennis fruit Cake was set for the bakers. The bakers were given three hours to make a fruit cake, along with royal icing and sugar paste, with much gelatine being used. A Charlotte Russe was set as the Showstopper. To be done in five and a half hours, the bake usually has ladyfingers around jelly and a sponge - with flavour and decoration being key.

Baker Signature
(Raised Game Pie)
Technical
(Tennis Cake)
Showstopper
(Charlotte Russe)
Flora Game Pie with Shallot and Apple Chutney 4th Raspberry, Pomegranate and Champagne Charlotte Russe
Ian Roadkill Pie 5th Victoria's Crown Charlotte Russe
Mat Raised Venison and Pigeon Pie 6th Strawberry Charlotte Russe
Nadiya Aromatic Game Pie 1st Mango and Raspberry Charlotte Russe
Paul Not a Boaring Pie 2nd Charlotte Rose
Tamal Middle Eastern Game Pie 3rd Spiced Blackberry, Raspberry and Cardamom Charlotte Russe

Episode 8: PâtisserieEdit

In the first quarter-final challenge, the bakers had to make twenty-four cream horns in three and a half hours. They were asked to make twenty four cream horns - twelve of each flavour, using either puff, ruff puff or flaky pastry. Mary's recipe for nine Mokatines was set as the technical challenge. These were small, delicate genoise sponges, filled with a coffee buttercream meant to be attractive, as if "in a patisserie window". They would only have two hours. Religieuse à l'ancienne were set as the Showstopper challenge. These would be large éclairs, stood upright with no doweling, and decorated with buttercream. They were given four hours, though the towers were left to stand for two hours afterwards, as traditional religieuse would have been left for such time. As a result, some of the towers began to collapse or lean upon being presented to Mary and Paul.

Baker Signature
(24 Cream horns)
Technical
(Mokatines)
Showstopper
(Religieuse à l'ancienne)
Flora Peach & Lemon Thyme and Smoked Almond & Butterscotch Cream Horns 3rd Lime & Basil and Coconut & White Chocolate Religieuse à l'ancienne
Ian Mont Blanc & Black Forest Gâteau Horns 2nd Nun with Hidden Passions
Nadiya Rose Pistachio and Mocha Hazelnut Horns 1st Bubble Gum and Peppermint Cream Religieuse à l'ancienne
Paul Café Tipple & Banana Crunch-away Horns 5th Paul's Religieuse à l'ancienne
Tamal Lime & Mascarpone and Malt Cream Horns 4th Passionfruit & Mango and Pistachio & Raspberry Religieuse à l'ancienne

Episode 9: Chocolate (semi-final)Edit

For the first challenge, the bakers had three hours to make a chocolate tart. The tart had to be ornate, intricate, and full on flavour. For the technical, the bakers faced a staggered start, and were each given one hour and fifteen minutes to make a chocolate soufflé - with Flora starting first, followed by Ian, Nadiya, then Tamal. A chocolate centrepiece was set as the showstopper. In four hours, the bakers had to create an ornate centrepiece using white chocolate in some form - the centrepiece having to be free-standing and attractive. Flora's elimination meant that she was the first baker to have finished first in the technical challenge and be eliminated the same week.

Baker Signature
(Chocolate Tart)
Technical
(Chocolate Soufflé)
Showstopper
(Chocolate Centrepieces)
Flora Passion Fruit and Chocolate Tart 1st Cocoa Carousel
Ian Chocolate and Bay Tart 3rd Chocolate Well
Nadiya Peanut Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart 4th Peacock in Nan's Door
Tamal Chocolate New York Pie 2nd Chocolate Bell Tower

Episode 10: FinalEdit

In the final signature challenge, the bakers had to make 16 iced buns, of which there must be two kinds, in three hours. In the technical, the judges decided to use one of Paul's recipes; the bakers had to bake raspberry-flavoured mille-feuille in two hours. The recipe involved pastry - something all of the bakers had struggled with. In the final Showstopper, the bakers were given four hours to make classic British cakes in a multi-layered presentation.

Baker Signature
(16 iced buns)
Technical
(Mille-feuille)
Showstopper
(Classic British Cakes)
Ian Elderflower and Lemon Buns
Spiced Buns
2nd Colossal Carrot Cake
Nadiya Nadiya's Iced Buns 1st My Big Fat British Wedding Cake
Tamal Cinnamon and Apple Iced Buns
Toffee and Marmalade Iced Buns
3rd Caramel Sticky Toffee Cake

MasterclassesEdit

Mary and Paul show how to bake some of their favorite recipes and technical challenges.

Episode 1Edit

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Madeira Cake Walnut Cake Black Forest Gâteau
Paul Hazelnut & Orange Biscotti Arlettes N/A

Episode 2Edit

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Cappuccino Crème Brûlée Spanische Windtorte White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake
Paul Soda Bread Baguettes N/A

Episode 3Edit

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Sugarfee Carrot Cake Apricot Frangipane Tart N/A
Paul Flaounes Raised Game Pie Lime & Passionfruit Charlotte Russe

Episode 4Edit

Bake 1 Bake 2
Mary Tennis Cake Mokatines
Paul Cream Horns Religious a l'Ancienne

Christmas SpecialEdit

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Christmas Pavlova Christmas Trifle Rosace à l’Orange
Paul Christmas Chelsea Buns Turkey and Ham Pie Pandoro

ControversiesEdit

BettingEdit

As the show was pre-recorded, the winner of the show would have been known by those involved in the show. It was reported that there was heavy betting on Ian, resulting in the odds being slashed and betting suspended due to fear of a leak of the name of the winner.[30] Bookmaker Ladbrokes halted betting on the show after "a run of bets" was placed for one contestant, many at shops in the Ipswich area.[31]

It was also claimed that dozens of employees of BBC as well as the production company, Love Productions, had opened gambling accounts to place bets on the eventual winner.[32]

SpoilersEdit

In a BBC Radio 2 broadcast, judge Mary Berry accidentally revealed the eliminated contestant prior to the airing of episode three.[33][34]

ContestantsEdit

Contestant Marie Campbell, who was the first Star Baker of the series, was criticised for being "semi-professional", after it emerged that she had been trained in Ecole Escoffier at the Ritz in Paris where she specialised in patisserie. It was also alleged that she had gone on to run a school for chefs as well as a cupcake baking business.[15] A statement from the BBC 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."[35][36]

Post-show careerEdit

Nadiya Hussain regularly appears on The One Show on BBC1.[37] Her own cookery show, The Chronicles of Nadiya started on 24 August 2016 on BBC One. Hussain writes a weekly column for The Times Magazine, a part of the Saturday supplement of The Times,[38][39][40] as well as a monthly column in Essentials magazine.[41] Her recipes have also appeared in BBC's Good Food magazine[42] and The Sun on Sunday's Fabulous magazine.[43][44]Hussain was signed by UK publisher Michael Joseph, part of Penguin Random House,[45] for her debut book Nadiya's Kitchen, which is a collection of the recipes that she cooks for friends and family.[46] Hussain has written a children's book of stories and recipes, Bake Me A Story, due to be published by Hodder Children's Books,[47] which blends updated versions of fairytales (poor "Sleepless Beauty" just needs a nice cup of cardamom-infused hot chocolate to break her curse; resourceful Jack wins the giant over with yummy bean patties) with colourful illustrations and child-friendly recipes.[48] She is also writing three contemporary women’s fiction novels for Harlequin.[49]

Tamal Ray writes a monthly column for The Guardian.[50] He presented a television show on health on Channel 4 titled Be Your Own Doctor.[51]

Flora Shedden studied for a year at Edinburgh University, but deferred on a course on art history at St Andrews University for a year to concentrate on writing a cookbook, Gatherings, to be published on January 2017.[52][53] She wrote a column on baking for The Scotsman.[54]

RatingsEdit

According to the overnight ratings, the opening episode of the series 6 of Bake Off was watched by 9.3 million viewers, a rise of over 2 million from the previous year.[55] The final was watched by an overnight audience of 13.4 million viewers peaking at 14.5, the highest overnight total of 2015.[56] The list of ten most-watched television programmes of 2015 was also dominated by The Great British Bake Off, with seven of the year's ten being episodes of The Great British Bake Off.[57]

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[58]

Episode
no.
Airdate 7 day viewers
(millions)
28 day viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
Weekly ranking
all channels[59]
BBC iPlayer requests
1 5 August 2015 (2015-08-05) 11.62 11.73 1 1 2,063,000[60]
2 12 August 2015 (2015-08-12) 11.59 11.84 1 1 1,977,000[61]
3 19 August 2015 (2015-08-19) 12.01 N/A 1 1 1,760,000[62]
4 26 August 2015 (2015-08-26) 12.36 12.67 1 1 1,539,000[63]
5 2 September 2015 (2015-09-02) 12.39 12.63 1 1 1,930,000[64]
6 9 September 2015 (2015-09-09) 12.00 12.26 1 1 1,869,000[65]
7 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16) 12.35 12.58 1 1 1,841,000[66]
8 23 September 2015 (2015-09-23) 11.09 11.35 1 1 1,748,000[67]
9 30 September 2015 (2015-09-30) 12.65 12.78 1 1 1,370,000[68]
10 7 October 2015 (2015-10-07) 15.05 15.16 1 1 1,619,000[69]

SpecialsEdit

Episode
no.
Airdate 7 day Viewers
(millions)
BBC Two
weekly ranking
The Great British Bake Off, Class of 2014
4 October 2015 (2015-10-04) N/A N/A
The Great British Bake Off Masterclass
1 12 October 2015 (2015-10-12) 2.55 2
2 16 October 2015 (2015-10-16) 1.74 18
3 19 October 2015 (2015-10-19) 1.83 12
4 23 October 2015 (2015-10-23) 1.41 29
The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Masterclass
17 December 2015 (2015-12-17) 2.21 11

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards Programme of the Year The Chronicles of Nadiya Nominated

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