The Great British Bake Off (series 9)

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The Great British Bake Off (series 9)
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release28 August (2018-08-28) –
30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)
Series chronology
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The ninth series of The Great British Bake Off began on 28 August 2018,[1][2] with this being the second series to be broadcast on Channel 4. The series is presented by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. This series saw a few changes to the usual format: the first episode being Biscuit Week (the previous 8 series began with a Cake Week), the documentary inserts were dropped, and the Final included the competitors doing a technical challenge outside the tent for the first time.

The series was won by Rahul Mandal, with Kim-Joy Hewlett and Ruby Bhogal as the runners-up.[3][4]

Bakers[edit]

Baker [1] Age Occupation Hometown Links
Antony Amourdoux 30 Banker London [5]
Briony Williams 33 Full-time parent Bristol [6][7]
Dan Beasley-Harling 36 Full-time parent London [8][9]
Imelda McCarron 33 Countryside recreation officer County Tyrone [10][11]
Jon Jenkins 47 Blood courier Newport [12][13]
Karen Wright 60 In-store sampling assistant Wakefield [14]
Kim-Joy Hewlett 27 Mental health specialist Leeds [15][16]
Luke Thompson 30 Civil servant/house and techno DJ Sheffield [17]
Manon Lagrève 26 Software project manager London [18][19]
Rahul Mandal 30 Research scientist Rotherham [20][21]
Ruby Bhogal 29 Project manager London [22][23]
Terry Hartill 56 Retired air steward West Midlands [24][25]

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4[a] 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rahul SB WINNER
Kim-Joy SB SB Runner Up
Ruby SB Runner Up
Briony SB OUT
Manon SB OUT
Jon OUT
Dan SB OUT
Karen OUT
Terry DNC OUT
Antony OUT
Luke OUT
Imelda OUT

[a] Terry was ill and unable to compete in episode 4, but the bakers agreed he should return to the competition the following week. At the end of episode 4, the judges decided it was unfair to eliminate anyone in Terry's absence. Consequently, two bakers were eliminated the following 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 did not compete that week.
     Baker was eliminated.
     Baker was the Star Baker.
     Baker was a series runner-up.
     Baker was the series winner.

Episodes[edit]

     Baker eliminated
     Star Baker
     Winner

Episode 1: Biscuits[edit]

Breaking with tradition, this year the series kicked off with Biscuits week. For the first challenge of the series, the bakers were tasked to bake 24 regional biscuits that needed to be all identical, and said something about them and a place in the British Isles. For the first technical challenge of this series, they are tasked to make one of Paul's childhood favourites - Wagon Wheels. Finally, for the showstopper, the bakers had to create a spectacular 3D biscuit self-portrait that needed to be constructed with layers of biscuits and judged while placed upright on an easel stand.[26]

Baker Signature
(24 Regional Biscuits)
Technical
(8 Wagon Wheels)
Showstopper
(3D Biscuit Self-Portrait)
Antony Turmeric and Caraway Goosnargh Cakes 12th "Kilimanjaro Selfie"
Briony Apple Cider Empire Biscuits 2nd "Bristol Biscuit Selfie"
Dan Lemon and Strawberry Shrewsburys 4th "New Dad in Palm Springs"
Imelda Cherry and White Chocolate Oatmeal Biscuits 11th "Seaside Selfie"
Jon Aberffraw 'Creams' 5th "A Sailing Selfie by the Sea"
Karen Yorkshire Perkins 6th Rosewater and Cardamom "Holiday Selfie"
Kim-Joy Orange Blossom York Biscuits 10th "Me at Miyajima Shrine"
Luke Yorkshire Gingernuts 8th "What Happens In Vegas...!"
Manon Hazelnut Cornish Shortbread 3rd Matcha and White Chocolate Ganache Japanese Selfie
Rahul Fennel and Coconut Pitcaithly Bannock 7th "First Spring in the UK"
Ruby Masala Chai Devon Flats 1st "Gingerbread Marathon Selfie"
Terry Lake District Ginger Shortbread 9th "Brandy Snap Selfie"

Episode 2: Cakes[edit]

For their signature bakes, the bakers were required to create a traybake sliced into 16 identical pieces. The technical challenge was set by Prue, which featured a cake with an unusual ingredient: Le gâteau vert, one of French painter Claude Monet's favourite birthday treats. The cake featured a pistachio genoise sponge sandwiched by a pistachio Crème au Beurre and covered by a green fondant coloured by spinach. For the showstopper, the bakers were required to create a technically demanding chocolate collar cake, featuring at least two tiers.[27]

Baker Signature
(16 Traybakes)
Technical
(Le Gâteau Vert)
Showstopper
(Chocolate Collar Cake)
Antony Cardamom and Coconut Burfi Traybake 9th Pistachio, Saffron and Rose Cake
Briony Turron and Orange Traybake 5th Chocolate Fudge and Salted Caramel Creation
Dan Black Forest Slice 3rd Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Birthday Cake
Jon Lemon Meringue Traybake 1st Hawaiian Shirt Pina Colada Cake
Karen Almond and Marzipan Traybake with Rhubarb Jam 11th Strawberry Fayre Chocolate Cake
Kim-Joy Pandan Chiffon Cake with Palm Sugar Cream 4th Yuzu and Raspberry Genoise Cat Cake
Luke Lemon and Poppy Seed Traybake 7th Raspberry and White Chocolate Collar Cake
Manon Rosemary and Honey Traybake 6th Almond Princess Cake
Rahul Lemon and Cardamom Traybake 2nd Chocolate Orange Layer Cake
Ruby Boozy Black Forest Traybake 10th Chocolate Orange "Jackson Pollock" Collar Cake
Terry Rum and Raisin Traybake 8th Champagne and Strawberries Eiffel Tower Collar Cake

Episode 3: Bread[edit]

For their signature bakes, the bakers were required to create a British classic: 12 Chelsea buns. For their technical challenge, using Paul's recipe, the bakers were tasked to make a batch of 8 non-yeasted garlic naan breads, brushed with garlic ghee and topped with coriander, in only one hour. Finally, for their 5-hour showstopper, the bakers were tasked to create a three-tiered Korovai, which will be elaborately decorated for their chosen celebratory occasion. Most of the bakers had chosen the traditional wedding theme.[28]

Baker Signature
(12 Chelsea Buns)
Technical
(8 Non-Yeasted Garlic Naan Breads)
Showstopper
(Korovai)
Antony Decadent Breakfast Chelsea Buns 8th Chocolate and Orange Adventure Korovai
Briony Balsamic Strawberry Chelsea Buns 9th Happily Ever After Korovai
Dan Sticky Spiced Orange Chelsea Buns 6th Wedding Korovai
Jon Cardiff City vs Chelsea Buns 2nd Korovai Dydd Dewi Sant
Karen Peak District Christmas Chelsea Buns 5th French Breakfast Wedding Korovai
Kim-Joy Pistachio and Cardamom Tangzhong Chelsea Buns 10th Orange, Cinnamon and Cranberry 'Kit-ovai'
Manon Apricot, Cranberry and Marzipan Chai Chelsea Buns 3rd Fabergé Inspired Traditional Korovai
Rahul Mango and Cranberry Chelsea Buns 4th Garden Wedding Korovai
Ruby Gujarela Chelsea Buns with Dates, Almonds and Raisins 7th Mama and Papa's Belated Wedding Korovai
Terry Tangy Citrus Sticky Chelsea Buns 1st Garden Korovai

Episode 4: Desserts[edit]

At the start of this episode, it was announced that Terry was not able to compete this week due to illness. But, with the agreement of all, he would be allowed to come back to the competition the following week. For their signature bakes, the bakers were required to create a meringue roulade. For their technical challenge, using Prue's recipe, the bakers were tasked to produce a raspberry blancmange served with 12 Langues de Chat biscuits. For their showstoppers, the bakers were tasked to create a spectacular melting chocolate ball dessert: a chocolate sphere which would be melted away with a hot sauce, revealing the dessert hidden inside. After the three challenges, Briony and Karen were the two bakers left at the bottom. However, nobody was eliminated this week, as the judges deemed it would be unfair to send anyone home with Terry's absence. However, this meant two bakers would be eliminated the following week.[29]

Baker Signature
(Meringue Roulade)
Technical
(Raspberry Blancmange with 12 Langues du Chat biscuits)
Showstopper
(Melting Chocolate Ball Dessert)
Briony Treacle Tart Roulade 5th Blood Orange & Amaretto Sticky Toffee Sphere
Dan Florida Roulade 1st Dan and the Giant Peach
Jon Mango and Passion Fruit Roulade 3rd Lucy and Hannah's Ballet Cake
Karen Coffee Cream and Praline Roulade 7th Chateau Du Chambord Framboise
Kim-Joy 'Sweet Dreams' Roulade 6th Melting Chocolate Galaxy
Manon Amarene and Kirsch Cherry Roulade 8th White Chocolate Renaissance Surprise
Rahul Rhubarb and Custard Roulade 4th Opera Cake with Kalash Inspired Dome
Ruby Pina Colada Roulade 2nd Chocolate Egg
Terry Did not compete

Episode 5: Spice[edit]

For the signature challenge, the bakers were tasked to bake a ginger cake. For the technical challenge, using Paul's recipe, the bakers must create a batch of 12 Ma'amoul, an ancient pastry from the Middle East that none of the bakers had heard of. In the batch, 6 of the ma'amoul must be filled with walnuts and shaped with a mould, and the other 6 must be filled with a date paste and decorated by pinching the dough with ma'amoul tongs. For their showstoppers, the bakers were tasked to create a beautiful, gravity-defying spiced biscuit chandelier. Prue was unwell during the showstoppers round, and as a result, Paul was left as the solo judge.[30]

Baker Signature
(Ginger Cake)
Technical
(12 Ma'amoul)
Showstopper
(Spiced Biscuit Chandelier)
Briony Honey and Apricot Ginger Cake 6th Turmeric Latte Chandelier
Dan Ginger and Lemon Drip Cake 2nd Birthday Kaleidoscope for Constance
Jon Family Christmas Ginger Cake 7th Birthday Chandelier for Emily's 21st
Karen Bonfire Night Ginger Cake 9th Pontefract Girls' School Reunion
Kim-Joy Stem Ginger Cake with Poached Pears 4th Christmas Spiced Ice Chandelier
Manon Italian Meringue Ginger Cake 5th Art Deco Spiced Biscuit Chandelier
Rahul Bonfire Night Caramel Ginger Cake 3rd Durga Puja Cardamom Chandelier
Ruby Jamaican Me Crazy Ginger Cake 1st Peacock Chandelier
Terry Caramelised Pear and Stem Ginger Cake 8th 12 Days of Christmas Chandelier

Episode 6: Pastry[edit]

For the signature challenge, the bakers were tasked to make 12 samosas, in which 6 must be savoury and the other 6 must be sweet. The samosas must also be served with a dip to complement them. The technical challenge was set by Prue, and the bakers were required to make 6 Puits d'amour, meaning "well of love". For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were tasked to create a shaped banquet pie that would be beautifully decorated enough to act as a centrepiece at a Tudor's banquet.[31]

Baker Signature
(12 Samosas)
Technical
(6 Puits d'amour)
Showstopper
(Shaped Banquet Pie)
Briony Home Comforts 1st "Down the Rabbit Hole" Banquet Pie
Dan Festive Samosas 6th Salmon Coulibiac
Jon A Romantic Dinner For Two, Samosa Style 2nd Welsh Dragon Pie
Kim-Joy Flavours of India 5th Silke the Vegetarian Mermaid
Manon Samosas for Mum 4th "What Has Poppy Eaten?"
Rahul Paneer Singara and Misti Singara 3rd Butterfly Pie
Ruby Traditional Samosas 7th Kohinoor Crown

Episode 7: Vegan[edit]

The remaining six bakers were required in the signature challenge to make eight savoury vegan tartlets of two different fillings using shortcrust pastry that contained no butter or eggs. For the technical challenge, using Prue's recipe, the bakers were tasked to make a vegan tropical fruit pavlova using aquafaba in place of egg whites to create the meringue. For the showstopper, the bakers were tasked to create a beautiful vegan celebratory cake.[32]

Baker Signature
(8 Savoury Vegan Tartlets)
Technical
(Vegan Tropical Fruit Pavlova)
Showstopper
(Vegan Celebratory Cake)
Briony French Onion Tartlets and Celeriac & Apple Tartlets 5th Hazelnut Mocha Cake
Jon Garlic Mushroom Tartlets and Falafel & Hummus Tartlets 4th Only Fools Eat Horses Cake
Kim-Joy Broccoli & Tomato Quiches and Mascarpone Squirrel Tartlets 6th Lavender & Lemon Fox Cake
Manon Summer & Winter Tartlets 2nd Spiced Apple Cake
Rahul Coriander Posto & Veg Tartlets and Ghugni Chaat Tartlets 1st Chocolate & Coconut Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam
Ruby Sage & Butternut Tartlets and 'Cheesy Greens' Tartlets 3rd Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Cake

Episode 8: Danish[edit]

In the quarterfinal signature challenge, the final five bakers were tasked to make a rye bread and make two types of Smørrebrød using it. For the technical challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 14 Æbleskiver containing a cinnamon and apple filling, and served with a strawberry jam dipping sauce. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a kagemand or a kagekone, a traditional Danish birthday cake made from Danish pastry that resemble a boy or a girl. The bakers' kagemand/kagekone must be based on someone the bakers recognised and they must use at least three different confectionery making skills within it.[33]

Baker Signature
(2 Smørrebrød)
Technical
(14 Æbleskiver)
Showstopper
(Kagemand/Kagekone)
Briony Spanish & West Country Smørrebrød 1st Nana Pat Kagekone
Kim-Joy Bumblebee Eggs & Fish Smørrebrød 2nd Off to the Opera Kagekone
Manon Cheese and Fruit Smørrebrød 4th Birthday Girl Kagekone
Rahul Smoked Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Smørrebrød 5th Indian King Kagemand
Ruby Post-Gym Smørrebrød 3rd Sister Kagekone

Episode 9: Pâtisserie (semi-final)[edit]

In the Pâtisserie semifinal signature challenge, the bakers were tasked to make 24 dipped Madeleines in two designs and flavours, in 90 minutes. For the technical challenge, the bakers tackled Prue's complex recipe for Torta Setteveli, a seven-layered cake containing two light chocolate genoise sponges, hazelnut bavarois, crunchy praline base and a chocolate mousse, topped with a chocolate mirror glaze, to be completed in four 1/2 hours. For the penultimate showstopper challenge, the bakers created a Parisian pâtisserie window containing 36 pâtisserie in three types: choux pastry, pate sucree and puff pastry mille-feuille, in five hours.[34]

Baker Signature
(24 Madeleines)
Technical
(Torta Setteveli)
Showstopper
(Parisian Pâtisserie Window)
Briony Mojito Madeleines and Espresso Martini Madeleines 3rd British Tea to French Pâtisserie Window
(Lemon Drizzle Éclairs, Coffee & Walnut Mille-Feuilles and Black Forest Tartlets)
Kim-Joy Ginger and Lemon Madeleines and Orange Bunny Madeleines 2nd Flavourite Flavours Window Display
(Lemon & Blueberry Mille-Feuilles, Orange Religieuses and Mango & Passion Fruit Meringue Tartlets)
Rahul Lemon and Raspberry Madeleines and Orange Curd Madeleines 4th Classic Tribute to Pâtisserie Window
(Lemon & Blueberry Mille-Feuilles, Caramel Éclairs, Classic Fruit Tartlets)
Ruby Pick Your Own Madeleines 1st Parisian Un Bouquet de Fleurs Window Display
(Summer Mille-Feuilles, Chocolate & Hazelnut Saint-Honorés and Lemon Verbena Tartlets)

Episode 10: Final[edit]

For the final signature challenge, the last three bakers were tasked to make 12 iced doughnuts of two types, in which one type must be filled doughnuts and the other must be ring doughnuts, in three hours. For the technical challenge there was another Bake Off first, where the bakers were asked to carry out the challenge outside the tent. Using Paul's recipe, the bakers must create 6 pita breads in 90 minutes, to be served with three different dips: baba ghanoush, smoked garlic salsa verde and burnt pepper salsa, using the open campfire set up outside. For the final showstopper, the bakers must create an incredible landscape dessert with at least three different elements within it, in four and a half hours. During the showstopper, one of Rahul's storage glass jar exploded under the intense heat, which resulted in shards of broken glass shattered all over his bench and potentially contaminated his bakes. This required cleaning up from the production team. As a result, he was given an extra 15 minutes for the challenge.[35]

Baker Signature
(12 Iced Doughnuts)
Technical
(6 Campfire Pita Breads)
Showstopper
(Landscape Dessert)
Kim-Joy Amaretto Diplomat Filled Doughnuts and Lemon Ring Doughnuts 1st Lost City of Atlantis Dessert Landscape
Rahul Mango Créme Pâtissière Filled Doughnuts and Spiced Orange Ring Doughnuts 2nd Edible Rock Garden
Ruby Dulce De Leche Filled Doughnuts and Raspberry & Cardamom Ring Doughnuts 3rd Magical Edible Landscape

Specials[edit]

The two holiday specials will each feature four returning contestants from the series 5–8.

The Great Christmas Bake Off featured Liam Charles (Series 8), Flo Atkins (Series 8), Andrew Smyth (Series 7) and Jane Beedle (Series 7). The special was won by Jane Beedle.

The Great Festive Bake Off featured the return of winner Candice Brown (Series 7), Steven Carter-Bailey (Series 8), Tamal Ray (Series 6) and Kate Henry (Series 5). The special was won by Steven Carter-Bailey.[36]

The Great Christmas Bake Off[edit]

For the signature challenge, the bakers were asked to create a dozen of iced biscuits based on the theme of The Twelve Days of Christmas, which can be the bakers' own personal interpretation. The technical challenge was set by Paul, where the bakers were tasked to produce 6 Icelandic Laufabrauð. The final showstopper challenge required the bakers to make a spectacular hidden design cake in the shape of a Christmas present.

Baker Signature
(12 Iced Biscuits)
Technical
(6 Laufabrauð)
Showstopper
(Hidden Design Christmas Present Cake)
Andrew '12 Days Home For Christmas' Biscuits 2nd 'Boozy Bauble' Cake
Flo Spiced Treacle & Ginger Biscuits 4th 'Very Merry Prezzie!'
Jane '12 Days of Decorating' Biscuits 1st 'Practically Perfect Penguin Present' Cake
Liam '12 Essentials of Liam' Vanilla Mince Pie Shortbread 3rd '3-In-1 It's Gotta Be Fun' Cake

The Great Festive Bake Off[edit]

The returning bakers were tasked to bake an iced stollen wreath for their signature challenge in only three hours. The technical challenge was set by Prue, who asked the bakers to make 4 snow eggs crowned with delicate spun sugar cages. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were tasked to make a 3D New Year's Resolution Cake, where all decorations must be edible.

Baker Signature
(Iced Stollen Wreath)
Technical
(4 Snow Eggs)
Showstopper
(3D New Year's Resolution Cake)
Candice 'Festive' Apple Stollen 2nd 'Wear More Lipstick' Cake
Kate Ginger & Almond Stollen 4th 'Dream Restaurant' Cake
Steven 'Stag Night' Stollen 1st 'Communication' Cake
Tamal Orange & Rum Stollen 3rd 'Tailor's Dummy' Cake

Ratings[edit]

The final was watched by an overnight viewing audience figure of 7.5 million, down from the previous final of 7.7 million and the lowest since 2012.[37] The ratings below are cumulative figures over longer periods, and they include multiple-screen viewing figures (on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone), the first year this system was implemented, and the figures are therefore slightly higher than it would have been without the multiple-screen viewing figures.[38]

Episode
no.
Airdate 7 day viewers
(millions)
28 day viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly ranking
Weekly ranking
all channels[38]
1 28 August 2018 (2018-08-28) 9.55 9.92 1 3
2 4 September 2018 (2018-09-04) 9.31 9.76 1 3
3 11 September 2018 (2018-09-11) 8.91 9.35 1 2
4 18 September 2018 (2018-09-18) 8.88 9.41 1 3
5 25 September 2018 (2018-09-25) 8.67 9.15 1 3
6 2 October 2018 (2018-10-02) 8.91 9.30 1 4
7 9 October 2018 (2018-10-09) 9.22 9.54 1 3
8 16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) 9.69 9.93 1 2
9 23 October 2018 (2018-10-23) 9.50 9.70 1 3
10 30 October 2018 (2018-10-30) 10.34 10.54 1 2

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