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The Great British Bake Off (series 8)

The eighth series of The Great British Bake Off began on 29 August 2017,[1] with this being the first of The Great British Bake Off to be broadcast on Channel 4, after the production company Love Productions moved the show.[2] It is the first series for new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, and new judge Prue Leith.[3]

The Great British Bake Off (series 8)
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 10
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 29 August (2017-08-29) – 31 October 2017 (2017-10-31)
Series chronology
← Previous
Series 7

This series was won by Sophie Faldo, with Kate Lyon and Steven Carter-Bailey finishing as runners-up.[4][5]

Contents

BakersEdit

Baker [6][7] Age Occupation Hometown Links
Chris Geiger 50 Software developer Bristol [8]
Flo Atkins 71 Retired Merseyside [9]
James Hillery 46 Banker Brentwood, Essex [10]
Julia Chernogorova 21 Aviation Broker Crawley, West Sussex [11]
Kate Lyon 29 Health and safety inspector Merseyside [12]
Liam Charles 19 Student North London [13]
Peter Abatan 52 IT programme manager Southend, Essex [14]
Sophie Faldo 33 Former army officer and trainee stuntwoman West Molesey, Surrey [15]
Stacey Hart 42 Former school teacher Radlett, Hertfordshire [16]
Steven Carter-Bailey 34 Marketer Watford, Hertfordshire [17]
Tom Hetherington 29 Architect Edinburgh [18]
Chuen-Yan "Yan" Tsou 46 Laboratory research scientist North London [19]

Results summaryEdit

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sophie SB SB WINNER
Kate SB Runner Up
Steven SB SB Runner Up
Stacey SB OUT
Liam SB OUT
Yan OUT
Julia SB OUT
James OUT
Tom OUT
Flo OUT
Chris OUT
Peter 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: CakeEdit

For the first challenge, the bakers were instructed to make a cake using fresh fruit, with no dried fruit permitted. For the technical challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 12 chocolate mini rolls using Prue's recipe, which contains peppermint cream. The showstopper challenge required the bakers to make an illusion cake: a cake that appears to be some other object.

Baker Signature
(Fruity cake)
Technical
(12 chocolate mini rolls)
Showstopper
(Illusion cake)
Chris Tropical Fresh Fruit Cake 12th 'Raised Pork Pie and Egg Surprise' Cake
Flo Citrus Layer Cake 9th 'One in a Melon' Cake
James Orange, Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble Cake 2nd 'Mock-accino and Croissant' Cake
Julia Courgette Lemon Cake 3rd 'Russian Doll' Cake
Kate Moroccan Strawberry and Rose Cake 1st 'Chocolate Terrarium' Cake
Liam Apple and Almond Crumble Maple Loaf 8th 'Stackin' Sunday' Cake
Peter Coconut Cake 10th 'Bread on a Breadboard' Cake
Sophie Pineapple and Coconut Sandwich Cake 5th 'Champagne Bottle and Bucket' Cake
Stacey Granny Smith Apple and Walnut Cake 11th 'Black Evening Clutch Bag' Cake
Steven Bonfire Night Cake 6th 'A Baker's Lunch' Cake
Tom Gilded Pear and Cardamom Cake 7th 'Stack of Books' Cake
Yan Windfall Apple Crumble Cake 4th 'Banana-Ramen' Cake

Episode 2: BiscuitsEdit

For the signature Challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 24 sandwich biscuits. For the technical challenge, the bakers faced a very difficult challenge of making fortune cookies of two types of flavours – one is almond and one is orange. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a biscuit board game that should be at least 40 cm long in diameter and has at least 8 elements.[20]

Baker Signature
(24 sandwich biscuits)
Technical
(12 fortune cookies)
Showstopper
(biscuit board games)
Chris Chocolate Chia seed Biscuits with Whisky Caramel Filling 11th 'The Great British Sail Off' Game
Flo Gin Jam Butties 10th 'Pick My Bones' Game
James Rhubarb and Custard Whirls 3rd 'Coppit' Game
Julia Middle Eastern Delight Sandwich Biscuits 4th 'A British Baking' Game
Kate Coconut Seashells for a Titanic Afternoon Tea 8th 'Jungle' Game
Liam Coffee Malted Pecan Shorties 7th 'Classroom Classics' Game
Sophie Lemon Limoncino Sandwich Biscuits 2nd 'Snakes and Ladders' Game
Stacey Sparkly Chocolate and Marshmallow Fluff Cookies 9th 'Get to School' Game
Steven Amarpressi Biscuits 6th 'Check Bake' Game
Tom Coffee and Amaretto Kisses 5th 'Drain Pipes and Ladders' Game
Yan 'Mrs. Marian's PB 'n' B' Biscuits 1st 'Adventures in Bakeland' Game

Episode 3: BreadEdit

The bakers were instructed to make 12 teacakes in 2 34 hours in the signature challenge. For the technical challenge, the bakers were tasked to make a cottage loaf. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a multicoloured bread sculpture with at least three colours using natural food colouring in 4 12 hours.[21]

Baker Signature
(12 teacakes)
Technical
(Cottage loaf)
Showstopper
(Multicoloured bread sculpture)
Flo Cinnamon and Orange Teacakes 7th 'Davy Jones' Locker' Bread Sculpture
James Nordic Teacakes 9th 'Owl in the Woods' Bread Sculpture
Julia Earl Grey Dried Fruit Teacakes 2nd 'The Snail Under a Mushroom' Bread Sculpture
Kate Blueberry Buns 10th 'Kraken' Bread Sculpture
Liam Jamaican Spiced Teacakes 5th 'Kneadapolitan' Bread Sculpture
Sophie Tagine Teacakes 6th 'Picnic Basket' Bread Sculpture
Stacey Cranberry and Cinnamon Teacakes 1st 'Ascot Hat' Bread Sculpture
Steven Madras Cocktail Teacakes 3rd 'The Bag I Knead' Bread Sculpture
Tom Orange and Cranberry Teacakes 4th 'Pink & Yellow Rose Centrepiece' Bread Sculpture
Yan 'Mrs's P's' Masala Chai Spiced Teacakes 8th 'Basil the Vegetarian Dragon with his Pumpkin Hoard' Bread Sculpture

Episode 4: CaramelEdit

For the first signature challenge, the bakers were required to produce 18 identical millionaire shortbread bars. The technical challenge was set by Prue where the bakers were tasked to make stroopwafels. Only one test waffle was allowed, and the challenge proved to be a very difficult one for the bakers with none of them producing an adequate caramel. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a caramel cake consisting of at least three layers of sponge. They were required to incorporate spun sugar into their decorations.[22]

Baker Signature
(18 millionaire shortbread)
Technical
(12 stroopwafels)
Showstopper
(Caramel cake)
James 'Windy City' Millionaire Shortbreads 2nd Nutty Caramel Cake
Julia Pecan Salted Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 9th Poppy Seed Caramel Cake
Kate Salted Bay Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 6th Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake
Liam Salted Peanut Butter Millionaire Shortbreads 3rd White Layered Ginger Caramel Cake
Sophie Jaffa Millionaire Shortbreads 4th Bird's Nest Caramel Cake
Stacey Rum Salted Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 1st Chocolate and Coffee Caramel Cake
Steven Orange Macadamia Nut Millionaire Shortbreads 7th Caramel Crown Cake
Tom Stem Ginger Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 5th Hummingbird Cake
Yan 'Lil' Red's Ginger and Nuts' Millionaire Shortbreads 8th Animals of the Rainforest Caramel Cake

Episode 5: PuddingEdit

For the signature challenge, the eight remaining bakers were required to bake a steamed school pudding with an accompaniment such as a compote or a custard. The technical challenge was set by Paul, which was 6 molten chocolate puddings with a peanut butter filling. Each baker was called one at a time so their puddings could be ready at different times for Paul and Prue to judge (starting with Julia, followed by Sophie, Liam, Steven, Yan, Kate, James and finally Stacey). For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were asked to bake an ornamental trifle terrine[disambiguation needed] with three elements – a baked element, a set custard or mousse, and a jelly.[23]

Baker Signature
(Steamed school pudding)
Technical
(6 molten chocolate puddings)
Showstopper
(Ornamental trifle terrine)
James Orange and Ginger Steamed School Pudding 7th 'The Missed Silver Jubilee' Trifle Terrine
Julia Orange & Treacle Steamed School Pudding 3rd 'Opulent Ornament' Trifle Terrine
Kate 'Mr Darcy's Steamy Lake Scene' Steamed School Pudding 8th 'My Great Great Nan's' Raspberry Trifle Terrine
Liam Cherries & Lemons that are 'Baked Well' 2nd 'Cheers Lads' Trifle Terrine
Sophie Ginger, Fig and Honey Steamed School Pudding 1st Raspberry, Yuzu & White Chocolate Bûche Trifle Terrine
Stacey Bakewell Tart Steamed School Pudding 4th Tropical Trifle Terrine
Steven Lemon & Blackcurrant Drizzle Steamed School Pudding 5th 'From Across the Jelly Pond' Trifle Terrine
Yan Mango Fruit Hat Steamed School Pudding 6th 'Heart of a Hero' Trifle Terrine

Episode 6: PastryEdit

In the signature challenge, the bakers were required to produce four decorative savoury pies using shortcrust pastry with different designs on the pies that share a common theme. For the technical challenge, set by Paul, the bakers were tasked to produce 12 pastéis de nata using rough puff pastry. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to produce a family-sized hand-raised pie with a savoury filling using hot water crust pastry, topped with glazed fruits.[24]

Baker Signature
(4 Shortcrust Savoury Pies)
Technical
(12 pastéis de nata)
Showstopper
(Family-sized hand-raised pie)
Julia 'Pies from the Tree' Decorative Pies 7th 'Special Occasion' Pie
Kate 'Vegetarian Pie Faces' Decorative Pies 5th Potato Curry Pie with Mango & Chilli Glaze
Liam 'Standard FC' Decorative Pies 4th 'Nan's Sunday Dinner' Pie
Sophie 'The Four Seasons' Decorative Pies 2nd Game Pie with Glazed Forest Fruits
Stacey 'Love Theme' Decorative Pies 6th Indian Hand Raised Pie with Mango
Steven 'Fleetwood Mac' Decorative Pies 3rd Christmas Pie
Yan 'πr2' Decorative Pies 1st Chequerboard Pie

Episode 7: ItalianEdit

For the first ever Italian week in Bake Off, the bakers were required to make 18 Sicilian cannoli with three different types of fillings. This week's Italian technical challenge was set by Prue, where the bakers were tasked to make the well-known, yet tricky, pizza margherita with a thin crispy base. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a very technically challenging and fiddly Italian bake: 24 sfogliatelle with two types of fillings in 4 12 hours.[25]

Baker Signature
(18 cannoli)
Technical
(Pizza margherita)
Showstopper
(24 sfogliatelle)
Kate 'Happy Hour' Cocktail Cannoli 6th 'Flavour Fusion' Sfogliatelle
Liam 'Just Doing Me' Cannoli 2nd 'Morning Delivery' Sfogliatelle
Sophie 'Classics with a Twist' Cannoli 3rd 'Classics' Sfogliatelle
Stacey My All Time Favourite Desserts 4th Pastry Surprise
Steven Italian Style Cannoli 1st 'Sicilian-style' Sfogliatelle
Yan Cannoli Cocktails 5th Canadian-Style Sfogliatelle

Episode 8: Forgotten BakesEdit

The bakers were required to make four Bedfordshire clangers within 2 hours in the signature challenge. They must each contain a savoury filling at one end and a sweet filling at the other, and be made from suet crust pastry. In the technical challenge, set by Paul, the bakers were tasked to make a traditional Cumberland rum nicky: a large tart consisting of a sweet shortcrust pastry and a rum-soaked fruity filling covered with a lattice top, and served with a smooth rum butter. For the historic showstopper, the bakers were required to make a Victorian Savoy cake.[26]

Baker Signature

(4 Bedfordshire Clangers)

Technical

(Cumberland Rum Nicky)

Showstopper

(Victorian Savoy Cake)

Kate Burrito Bedfordshire Clangers 2nd 'Liver Building Turret' Savoy Cake
Liam 'Take Out' Bedfordshire Clangers 5th 'Fort Wizardore' Savoy Cake
Sophie Char Siu & Banana Praline Bedfordshire Clangers 4th Citrus with Green Apple Croquembouche Savoy Cake
Stacey Camembert & Onion and Apple & Blueberry Bedfordshire Clangers 3rd 'Bright' Lemon & Orange Savoy Cake
Steven 'Mediterranean Medley' Bedfordshire Clangers 1st Chestnut Rum Savoy Cake

Episode 9: Pâtisserie (semi-final)Edit

For the semifinal signature bakes, the bakers were asked to make 24 choux buns, in which 12 must have a crunchy craquelin on top and the other 12 must be covered with icing. The penultimate technical challenge was set by Prue, where the bakers were tasked with a very difficult job of making 9 Les Misérables slices. For the showstopper challenge before the final, the bakers were asked to make a meringue centrepiece, containing at least two different types of meringue and a dessert element, in 4 hours and 45 minutes.[27]

Baker Signature

(24 Choux Buns)

Technical

(9 Les Misérables Slices)

Showstopper

(Meringue Centrepiece)

Kate Bellini and Valencian Orange Choux Buns 4th 'Rainbow' Meringue Centrepiece
Sophie Strawberry & Rhubarb and Chestnut & Vanilla Choux Buns 1st 'Tutu with Opera Filling' Meringue Centrepiece
Stacey 'Choux-nicorn and Choux-moji' Choux Buns 2nd 'Flamingos in Love' Meringue Centrepiece
Steven Key Lime Cheesecake and Bakewell Tart Choux Buns 3rd 'Some Air Over the Rainbow' Meringue Centrepiece

Episode 10: FinalEdit

For the signature challenge in the final, the last three bakers were tasked to make a batch of 12 small loaves. There must be three different types of loaves: four need to be intricately shaped (e.g. plaited), four need to be flavoured, and four need to be made from an alternative grain such as spelt or buckwheat. Prue set the final technical challenge and asked the bakers to make 10 ginger biscuits, half of them to be oval and half of them to be square.[28] They all need to have a great snap and be intricately iced with two complicated patterns. For the ultimate showstopper challenge, the bakers were tasked to make one large entremet. The entremet must have a minimum of five elements, one of which must be a sponge, and covered with a glaze or ganache.[29]

Baker Signature

(12 Small Loaves)

Technical

(10 Ginger Biscuits)

Showstopper

(Large Entremet)

Kate Roman Spelt, Coconut Kala Chana and Flower Breads 3rd White Chocolate, Yuzu and Lychee Entremet
Sophie Spelt Boules, Mushroom Ciabatta and Orange Plaited Brioche 2nd 'Ode to the Honey Bee' Entremet
Steven Spelt & Rye, Toasted Garlic & Fontina and Sweet Chocolate Breads 1st 'Yin Yang' Entremet

RatingsEdit

The first episode to be broadcast on Channel 4 received an overnight viewing figure of 6.5 million, which is the channel's highest viewing figure since the opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics, but down from the 10 million obtained in the previous series on BBC One.[30] The overnight viewing figure for the final was 7.7 million (8.9 million at its peak), lower than the 14 million for the equivalent episode on BBC1 in 2016.[31]

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB. Figures are total counts including HD and Channel 4 +1.[32]

Episode
no.
Airdate 7 day viewers
(millions)
28 day viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly ranking
Weekly ranking
all channels[33]
1 29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) 9.46 9.72 1 1
2 5 September 2017 (2017-09-05) 9.23 9.53 1 2
3 12 September 2017 (2017-09-12) 8.68 9.06 1 2
4 19 September 2017 (2017-09-19) 8.55 8.87 1 3
5 26 September 2017 (2017-09-26) 8.61 8.98 1 4
6 3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) 8.61 8.91 1 4
7 10 October 2017 (2017-10-10) 9.01 9.32 1 3
8 17 October 2017 (2017-10-17) 8.95 TBC 1 4
9 24 October 2017 (2017-10-24) 9.03 TBC 1 4
10 31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) 10.04 TBC 1 4

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