The Great British Bake Off (series 5)

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The Great British Bake Off (series 5)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes10
Original networkBBC One
Original release6 August (2014-08-06) –
8 October 2014 (2014-10-08)
Series chronology
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The fifth series of The Great British Bake Off began on Wednesday 6 August 2014.[1] Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins presented the show and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. Twelve contestants competed in this series, and the competition was held in Welford Park in Berkshire.[2] The series was won by Nancy Birtwhistle, with Luis Troyano and Richard Burr finishing as runners-up.

The programme was moved from BBC Two to BBC One starting this year, however the Masterclass episodes remained on BBC Two. A companion series The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice hosted by comedian Jo Brand started this year was also shown on BBC Two.


Baker[3] Age Occupation Hometown links
Chetna Makan 35 Fashion designer Broadstairs, Kent [4][5]
Claire Goodwin 31 Speech therapist Ashton upon Mersey, Trafford [6][7]
Diana Beard 69 Women's Institute (WI) judge Alkington, Shropshire [8]
Enwezor Nzegwu 39 Business consultant Portsmouth, Hampshire [9]
Iain Watters 31 Construction engineer London/Belfast [10]
Jordan Cox 32 IT manager Sneinton, Nottingham [11][12]
Kate Henry 41 Furniture restorer Brighton, East Sussex [13]
Luis Troyano 42 Graphic designer Poynton, Cheshire [14][15]
Martha Collison 17 Student Ascot, Berkshire [16]
Nancy Birtwhistle 60 Retired practice manager Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire [17]
Norman Calder 66 Retired naval officer Portknockie, Moray [18]
Richard Burr 38 Builder Mill Hill, London [19][20]

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5[a] 6[b] 7 8 9 10
Luis SB Runner up
Richard SB SB SB Runner up
Chetna SB OUT
Martha OUT
Norman OUT
Diana LEFT
Iain OUT
Jordan OUT
Enwezor OUT
Claire OUT

[a]Diana left the show after episode 4 due to illness. Her departure was announced at the start of episode 5. The night before episode 5 was scheduled to be taped, she suffered a head injury, resulting in an overnight stay in A&E and a loss of her senses of taste and smell that persisted.[21][22]

[b]Because the judges were unable to agree, no-one was eliminated this week.

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 withdrew from the show.
     Baker was the Star Baker.
     Baker was the series runner-up.
     Baker was the series winner.


     Baker eliminated
     Baker left
     Star Baker

Episode 1: Cakes[edit]

For their first bake, the contestants were required to make a Swiss roll as their signature challenge in two and a half hours. For the technical bake, the baker were set the challenge of baking a cherry cake in two hours using Mary Berry's recipe. In the showstopper challenge, the bakers were given three and a half hours to bake their own choice of classic British cakes in miniature. The bakers needed to make 36 cakes of identical size, shape and texture.

Baker Signature
(Swiss Roll)
(Cherry Cake)
(36 Classic Miniature British Cakes)
Chetna Cardamom, Pistachio and Coffee Swiss Roll 3rd Tiered Victoria Sponges with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Cream
Claire Chocolatey Orangey Swirly Roll 8th Mini Chocolate and Cherry Cakes
Diana Mum's Sunday Tea Lemon Curd Swiss Roll 5th Chocolate Ganache Surprises
Enwezor Raspberry and Lemon Swiss Roll 9th Coffee and Walnut Battenberg Squares
Iain Apricot and Basil Swiss Roll with Mascarpone and White Chocolate Cream 4th Lemon Drizzle Cakes with Mascarpone Filling, Drizzled Icing, and Candied Lemon
Jordan Kawaii Frasier Swiss Roll 12th Lemon Drizzle Cakes with Blueberry and Lemon Curd
Kate Red Velvet and White Chocolate Swiss Roll 6th Mini Tiered Victoria Sponges
Luis Spanish Swiss Roll 7th Raspberry and Lemon Genoise Slices with Lemon Drizzles
Martha Tiramisu Swiss Roll 2nd Mini Lemon and Thyme Drizzle Cakes
Nancy Coffee and Hazelnut Swiss Roll 1st Jaffa Orange Cakes
Norman Black Forest Swiss Roll 11th Almond and Raspberry Mini Cakes
Richard Pistachio and Strawberry Swiss Roll 10th Miniature Coffee and Walnut Cakes

Episode 2: Biscuits[edit]

In this episode, the bakers were challenged with creating biscuits. Firstly, in the signature, they had two hours to bake 36 savoury biscuits. In the technical challenge, they had one and a quarter hours with Mary Berry's recipe for 18 florentines, which the bakers found difficult. In the final challenge, the bakers had four hours to make some kind of 3D biscuit scene. Though Berry stressed that everything must be home-made, Enwezor chose to bring some fondant he admitted to not baking himself, contributing to his dismissal. The event was discussed on various websites and was deemed disrespectful.

Baker Signature
(36 Savoury Biscuits)
(18 Florentines)
(3D Biscuit Scene)
Chetna Fenugreek and Carom Crackers 8th Day On The Beach
Diana Parmesan and Chive Triangles 7th Express, First Class
Enwezor Pumpkin and Sunflower Savoury Biscuits 9th Space Adventure Moon Scene
Iain Za'atar and Fig Biscuits 11th Wild West Scene
Jordan Sourdough, Parmesan and Chilli Biscuits 6th Monster Attack
Kate Parmesan and Apple Biscuits 4th Tea Time
Luis Black Olive and Rosemary Biscuits with Caramelised Onion Glaze 3rd George Versus The Dragon
Martha Caramelised Onion and Goat's Cheese Sandwich Biscuits 5th Ski Village Scene
Nancy Fennel and Rye Thins 2nd Hansel and Gretel Scene
Norman Farthing Biscuits 10th Zulu Boats at Dawn
Richard Rosemary Seeded Crackers 1st Pirates!

Episode 3: Bread[edit]

In bread week, the bakers firstly had to make twelve rye bread rolls in three and a half hours. In the technical challenge, they were given three hours to make four ciabatta loaves using Paul's recipe, with the advice from Paul that they should be patient. In the showstopper, the bakers were required to make a bread centrepiece in four hours. The centrepiece should be a filled-loaf that is spectacular and tasty, and would be judged on its appearance, design and crust, and should be well-baked on the inside.

Baker Signature

(12 Rye Bread Rolls)


(4 Ciabattas)


(Filled Centrepiece Loaf)

Chetna Onion and Pine Nut Rolls 8th Rolled and Filled Twin Loaf
Diana Rustic Picnic Rolls 7th Sharing Savoury Pinwheel
Iain Cranberry and Walnut Rye Bread Rolls 9th Moroccan Plaited with a Bessara Dip
Jordan Rye and Spelt Bread Rolls 10th Strawberry Raspberry Cheesecake Brioche
Kate Orange and Cardamom Rye Bread Knots 1st Prosciutto, Olive and Coriander Bread
Luis Opposites Attract Rolls 2nd Roscón de Reyes
Martha Date and Walnut Rye Rolls 3rd Stuffed Sunflower Loaf
Nancy Cider and Walnut Crusty Rolls 5th 'Full English' Stromboli
Norman Rye Bread Rolls 4th Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Picnic Loaf
Richard Rye and Cranberry Rolls 6th Pesto Pinwheel

Episode 4: Desserts[edit]

For the signature bake, the judges gave the bakers two hours to make eight self-saucing puddings, meaning the sauce should come from the bake itself. The bakers may choose to make either a fondant or a sponge which creates its own sauce at the bottom. In the technical, they had to bake Mary's own tiramisu cake recipe in two and a half hours. In the showstopper, they had four and a half hours to make baked Alaskas. Many of the bakers struggled to make baked Alaskas, as it was the hottest day of the year so far, and two of five refrigerators had broken, resulting in a struggle among the contestants for enough freezer space.[23] What was to follow is often referred as "BinGate": Diana took Iain's ice cream and sponge cake assembly out of the freezer to make room for hers, mistakenly leaving it out on a counter in the hot tent. When Iain found it, the ice cream had melted and, frustrated, he threw the sponge cake and melted ice cream in the dustbin. (It was later claimed by producers that the dessert was only out for one minute.) Paul and Mary chastised him for this decision, explaining that they would rather have judged sample pieces of each baked Alaska component or even a melted final product than nothing at all. Upon Iain's elimination, it was explained that his decision to present Paul and Mary with nothing to judge in the showstopper was directly responsible for his elimination. Viewers of the show were outraged and objected fiercely to the perceived injustice on Twitter, attacking Diana.[23] Iain spoke out against these online attacks.[23] Diana claimed that the editing had distorted the truth, "stitching [her] up"; she quit the show after this episode after a fall suffering an injury that disabled her sense of taste and smell.[24]

Baker Signature
(8 Self-Saucing Puddings)
(Tiramisu Cake)
(Baked Alaska)
Chetna Rhubarb, Strawberry and Orange Puddings 3rd Mango, Raspberry and Coconut Baked Alaska
Diana Orange and Lemon Curd Pots 9th Raspberry Ripple Alaska Swan
Iain Chocolate, Lime and Raspberry Fondants 6th Chocolate, Black Sesame Seed and Coffee Caramel Baked Alaska (not presented)
Kate Chocolate and Salted Caramel Molten Puddings 7th Pistachio, Raspberry and Chocolate Baked Alaska
Luis Pears in Puddings 2nd Bakewell Alaska
Martha Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondants 1st Key Lime Baked Alaska
Nancy Pistachio Puddings with Chocolate Sauce 4th Summer Pudding Alaska
Norman Mini Sticky Toffee Puddings 8th Baked Alaska with Strawberry Surprise
Richard Black Forest Chocolate Fondants 5th Tiramisu Baked Alaska

Episode 5: Pies and Tarts[edit]

Before the round began, it was announced that Diana had to withdraw from the competition due to the Controversy last week and health reasons – she had lost her sense of taste and smell in a fall.[25] For signature challenge, the bakers were set the task of a family-sized custard tart in two and half hour. The tart should have a crispy base and silky custard. The technical challenge is set using one of Paul's recipes, and the bakers were required to make six mini pear pies, which are poached pears surrounded by rough puff pastry, to be completed in two hours. In the showstopper, the bakers were tasked with making tiered pies in four and half hours. The pies needed to be able to support themselves, and should have at least three tiers and share a common theme.

Baker Signature
(Custard Tart)
(Mini Pear Pies)
(Three-Tiered Pie)
Chetna Rice Custard Tart with Mangoes and Raspberries 2nd Fusion Tiered Pies
Kate Rhubarb and Custard Tart 3rd Rhubarb, Prune and Apple Pies
Luis Tropical Manchester Tart 6th Four Fruity Seasons Tower
Martha Pistachio, Apricot and Honey Custard Tart 1st Three Little Pigs Pie
Nancy Chocolate Crusted Passion Fruit Tart 4th Trio of Apple Pies
Norman Tarte au Citron 5th Pieful Tower
Richard Fig and Orange Tart 7th Three Course Autumn Pie Feast

Episode 6: European Cakes[edit]

For the signature bake, the challenge was to bake a cake inspired by a European cake, but the cake must be leavened with yeast. The bakers were given three hours for the challenge. The technical challenge was set using one of Mary's recipes for a Swedish Princess cake (Prinsesstårta). The recipe is the most complicated yet, requiring 26 separate ingredients with 14 stages, and to be completed in two and a quarter hours. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a contemporary version of the Hungarian Dobos torte in five hours. The cake should have at least two tiers, with particular emphasis on caramel sugar work on the cake. No one was eliminated this week as the judges could not agree on the worst-performing baker, stating it was between Richard and Kate. As Diana left the show before the previous week's contest due to illness, it was possible not to eliminate anyone.

Baker Signature
(Yeast-Leavened Cake)
(Dobos Torte)
Chetna Orange Savarin with Cinnamon Cream 2nd Almond Liqueur Dobos Torte with Chocolate Caramel Buttercream
Kate Pecan, Chocolate and Sour Cherry Yeast Cake 6th Trio of Dobos Tortes
Luis Apple and Cinnamon Kugelhopf with Honeyed Apples 3rd The Cage on the Rocky Hill
Martha Dark Chocolate and Almond Liqueur Savarin 4th Chess-Themed Chocolate and Salted Caramel Dobos Torte
Nancy Rum Punch Savarin with Coconut Cream and Tropical Fruits 1st Chocolate and Caramel Dobos Torte
Richard Fruity Guglhupf with an Orange Glaze 5th Sugar Forest Dobos Torte

Episode 7: Pastry[edit]

In their first task, the bakers were set the challenge of making twelve savoury pastry parcels, to be completed in an hour and three quarters. The parcels can be of any type of pastries, but should be uniform in size, well-filled, perfectly cooked and well-sealed to prevent leaks. The technical bake was one that for the first time none of the bakers had heard of, the Breton pastry kouign-amann, using one of Paul's recipes. The bakers should make twelve identical kouign-amanns in three and a half hours. For the final challenge, the bakers were required to make 24 Éclairs of two different flavours (12 of each) in four hours. The éclairs should be made of choux pastry and éclair-shaped, otherwise the bakers were free to do as they wished to produce a showstopper.

Baker Signature
(12 Savoury Parcels)
(24 Éclairs)
Chetna Crispy Lentil Kachori 6th Chocolate and Mango and Lemon Meringue Éclairs
Kate Spinach and Paneer Spicy Samosa 4th Neapolitan and Lemon Meringue Éclairs
Luis Childhood Empanadas 5th Stars and Stripes Éclairs

(Blueberry Cheesecake and Peanut Butter and Jelly Éclairs)

Martha Mini Beef Wellingtons 3rd Rhubarb and Custard and Maple Syrup and Bacon Éclairs
Nancy Spicy Duck Pasties 2nd Smoked Salmon and Horseradish and Raspberry Ripple Éclairs
Richard Minted Lamb Pasties 1st Stair of Éclairs

(Lavender and Blueberry and Rose and Raspberry Éclairs)

Episode 8: Advanced Dough[edit]

For the signature bake, they were given the challenge of making sweet fruit loaves that must be free form. They had two and a half hours for the bake which is challenging as the bakers were required to use enriched dough which takes longer to proof. In the technical, they had two and a half hours to make a povitica, which Chetna had made for her signature loaf. This technical challenge was particularly hard for most of the bakers, many of whose loafs were raw inside and deemed unsafe to eat. Doughnuts were set as the challenge in the final task, and the bakers were required to make eighteen each of two different sorts, to be completed in four hours.

Baker Signature
(Fruit Loaf)
(36 Doughnuts)
Chetna Date and Walnut Swirl Bread 1st Chocolate Mousse Filled Doughnuts
Luis Black Forest Cherry Tree 2nd Cocktail Doughnuts

(Mudslide and Raspberry Mojito)

Martha Spiced Plum Iced Bread Swirl 5th Glazed Lemon and Poppy Seed Doughnuts
Chocolate and Passion Fruit Doughnuts
Nancy Lincolnshire Plum Braid 3rd Doughnut Family Tree

(Limoncello and Almond and Milk Chocolate and Orange)

Richard Fruit Swedish Tea Ring 4th Rhubarb and Custard and Toffee Apple Doughnuts

Episode 9: Pâtisserie (Semi-Final)[edit]

For the signature challenge, the bakers had to make baklava, with a time limit of three and a half hours to complete the challenge. There had to be two different types of baklava, and twenty-four portions in total. For the technical challenge, the bakers had to make a schichttorte, and had two hours to complete it. There had to be twenty layers in their schichttorte, and was one of Paul's recipes. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers had to make entremets, very small and fine cakes put in a window of a French pâtisserie. They had to make two different types of entremets, twelve of each, and had five hours to complete the challenge.

Baker Signature
(24 Baklava)
(24 Entremets)
Chetna Chocolate Orange Baklava
Masala Chai Baklava
4th Chocolate, Orange and Nut Entremets
Cappuccino Entremets
Luis Indian Rose Baklava
Halwa Baklava Rolls
1st Chocolate Mousse and Cherry Entremets
Pomegranate, Fig and Pistachio Sponges
Nancy Coffee and Chocolate Baklava
Breakfast Baklava
3rd Raspberry Nonnettes
Lime and Passion Fruit Entremets
Richard Rose and Pistachio Baklava
Walnut and Almond Baklava
2nd Hazelnut Mocha Entremets
Pink Grapefruit Entremets

Episode 10: Final[edit]

In the final signature challenge, the bakers had to make Viennoiserie in three and a half hours. They had to make two different types of the pastry. In the technical, the judges decided to bring things "back to basics" by asking the bakers to bake 12 Victoria Sandwiches, Tartes au citron and Scones. The challenge, however, was that they had only two hours to make this and only three instructions. The final Showstopper was a Pièce Montée. The bakers were given five hours to make this, and the judges said it must be in some self-standing structure.

Baker Signature
( 12 Mini Victoria Sandwiches, 12 Mini Tarte au Citron, 12 Mini Scones)
(Pièce Montée)
Luis Apple, Walnut, Raisin and Cheshire Cheese Chaussons
Pain au Chocolat Blanc with Raspberries and Cream Cheese
2nd Village in Chocolate
Nancy Apple and Lemon Kites
Raspberry and Almond Croissants
1st Red Windmill
Richard Pear Pain au Chocolat
Pain Au Lait
3rd Mill on the Hill


Mary and Paul demonstrated how to bake the technical challenges that they set for the bakers as well as their own favorite recipes for some of the other challenges set in the series. They also gave some tips on baking techniques. The Masterclasses episodes were shown on BBC2.

Episode 1[edit]

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Cherry Cake Florentines Miniature Coffee and Walnut Cakes
Paul Blackcurrant and Liquorice
Swiss Roll
Savoury Biscuits N/A

Episode 2[edit]

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Tiramisu Cake Neapolitan Baked Alaska N/A
Paul Ciabatta Roquefort and Walnut Loaf Chocolate Volcanoes

Episode 3[edit]

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Chocolate and Orange Tart Prinsesstårta Almond Praline and Caramel-Coated Hazelnut Dobos Torte
Paul Mini Sausage Plaits Kouign-Amann N/A

Episode 4[edit]

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary Lemon and Raspberry Éclairs
Double Chocolate Mousse Entremets N/A
Paul Chocolate and Cherry Loaf Povitica Chocolate and Raspberry Doughnuts

Christmas special[edit]

Bake 1 Bake 2 Bake 3
Mary White Chocolate and Ginger Cheesecake Genoa Cake Almond Galette
Paul St. Lucia Buns Mincemeat and Marzipan Couronne Kransekake



In the fourth episode of the series, there was controversy over the events that preceded the elimination of contestant Iain Watters. During the final showstopper round contestants were tasked with producing a baked Alaska. Iain's ice cream was shown as having not set, and in a show of frustration he threw his bake in the bin. The editing of the show suggested that another contestant, Diana Beard, had caused the failure by removing the ice cream from a freezer for her own ice cream, and the perceived "sabotage" resulted in a furore on social media networks.[26] More than 800 complaints were lodged with the BBC, and some complained to the communication watchdog Ofcom.[27] Some members of the cast however posted comments in support of Diana,[28] and a BBC spokesman later issued a statement:[29]

As shown in the episode, Iain became the fourth baker to leave the tent because he didn't present Paul and Mary with anything to judge in the showstopper challenge and both judges were very clear about the reasoning behind the decision.

Due to the extreme temperature in the tent that day, many of the bakers struggled to get their ice cream to set as seen in the episode. Diana removing Iain's ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain's departure.

The claim that it was only left out for a short time however was challenged by Iain Watters, saying that it was left long enough to ruin the dessert.[30] Fellow contestant Jordan Cox criticized the show's production, claiming the freezers were not very good in quality, and were chosen on aesthetic quality only.[31] Diana Beard left the show before the next episode was filmed due to illness.[32][33]

Beard later gave an interview to BBC Radio Shropshire, saying: "I'm disappointed with the way it's been portrayed. I've been stitched up, haven't I? We were 12 amateur bakers, [there's] no prize money involved. Why would I sabotage Iain's Baked Alaska? This has made it look like some cutthroat competition. I think someone's culpable for the editing, really." She also said that Iain's ice cream had been out of the freezer for no more than 40 seconds and that her conscience was intact.[34]


A number of viewers complained to the BBC feedback show Points of View in the fifth series about the "constant smutty remarks" from the presenters Mel and Sue.[35][36] This series was seen as having more innuendos than previous one; some reviewers noted the "extra pinch of saucy spice" and "the increasingly filthy-minded hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins",[37][38][39] and a columnist for the Daily Mail argued that the "smutty" innuendos made the show no longer fit for family entertainment.[40] Series 3 winner John Whaite, however, argued that innuendo is part of what made the show a success,[41] while Paul Hollywood described the innuendos as banter in the spirit of the Carry On films and is a part of British culture,[42] a view shared by others.[43][44]

Post-show careers[edit]

Richard Burr's book on baking, BIY: Bake it Yourself, was released on 16 August 2015.[45]

Luis Troyano also wrote a book, Bake It Great, released on 20 August 2015.[46]

Chetna Makan has written a baking book The Cardamom Trail, released on 21 March 2016, as well as a cookbook Chai, Chaat & Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India, published on 6 July 2017.[47][48]

Martha Collison has written two baking books, Twist, released on 14 July 2016, and Crave, published 13 July 2017 with Harper Collins. She also has a weekly column with Waitrose and is a charity ambassador for Tearfund.[49]


The series started with its highest ratings for its opening episode after its move to BBC One, with over 7 million tuning in according to overnight figures.[50] This is adjusted to 8.5 million for its 7-day final viewing figure, making this its second most-watched episode after previous year's final.[51] In the fourth episode, 8.1 million watched the original broadcast,[52] but the "bingate" controversy gained the show a further 2 million viewers on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, giving the show the biggest ever audience with 10.248 million viewers for the episode.[53][54] The final of the show gained an overnight viewing figure of 12.29 million,[55] and a consolidated average figure of 13.5 million, the highest viewing figure for a non-sporting event of the year on UK TV, after 2014 FIFA World Cup's England vs Uruguay match.[56] Series 5 had an average of viewing figure of 10.1 million.[57]

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[58]

Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
Weekly ranking
all channels[59]
1 6 August 2014 (2014-08-06) 8.51 1 1
2 13 August 2014 (2014-08-13) 8.79 1 1
3 20 August 2014 (2014-08-20) 9.28 1 1
4 27 August 2014 (2014-08-27) 10.25 1 2
5 3 September 2014 (2014-09-03) 9.95 1 2
6 10 September 2014 (2014-09-10) 10.13 1 2
7 17 September 2014 (2014-09-17) 10.28 1 2
8 24 September 2014 (2014-09-24) 9.023 2 4
9 1 October 2014 (2014-10-01) 10.67 1 1
10 8 October 2014 (2014-10-08) 13.51 1 1

^Note 3 The programme was rescheduled to BBC Two in Scotland due to a football game.


Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
The Great British Bake Off Masterclass
1 9 October 2014 (2014-10-09) 1.99 12
2 10 October 2014 (2014-10-10) 1.53 24
3 15 October 2014 (2014-10-15) 2.16 7
4 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16) 1.42 23
The Great British Bake Off, Class of 2013
12 October 2014 (2014-10-12) N/A N/A
The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Masterclass
16 December 2014 (2014-12-16) 3.03 5


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