Chris Geiger has become the second contestant eliminated from The Great British Bake Off 2017, with his fortune cookies and nautical board game sinking during biscuit week.
After cake week claimed Peter as the first victim of the series, the eleven remaining bakers moved on to biscuits.
Their signature challenge was to create identical sandwich biscuits, containing a filling that wouldn’t spill out when eaten.
A devilish technical round then saw them create two different types of fortune cookie – one almond, one patterned orange.
Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith ranked Chris last after Prue spat out one of his cookies. “I don’t think they ever got to the oven,” she said. “Raw batter’s not much fun.”
Yan won the challenge, with Paul commenting: “Nice colour, nice shape, you ticked all the boxes.”
Finally, for their demanding showstopper, the bakers had to create a biscuit board game at least 40 centimetres in diameter, consisting of at least eight elements.
Highlights included Steven’s baking-themed chess set. “That is exceptional,” Paul said. “The work that you’ve done on the top is sublime.”
Sophie also won praise for her “beautifully neat” snakes and ladders, while Prue liked James’s take on ‘Coppit’ for its textures and “bang-in-your-face” colours.
However, Chris flopped with his ‘Great British Sail Off’ game, even though it had its own spinning compass. Paul called it “rough and ready”, pointing out that his biscuits were burnt.
Prue also gave Kate’s jungle-inspired game a scathing review, claiming: “I don’t think eating that is going to be a huge pleasure.”
Eventually, Steven’s “exquisite” showstopper clinched him the ‘Star Baker’ title for the second week running.
“I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this feeling,” he said. “I’ve bullied myself so much in my life. Finally I’m getting praise and I don’t know what to do with it.”
However, two disastrous bakes meant trouble for Chris, with Prue and Paul sending him home.
“I’m disappointed I never got to make any breads, any pastries, the things that fit my style of baking,” he reacted. “I’m just so honoured and privileged to have got in that tent.”
The Great British Bake Off continues next Tuesday at 8.00pm on Channel 4 with bread week.