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Southend's Ruby misses out on baking title
GREAT British Bake Off star, Ruby Tandoh, narrowly missed being crowned as the country’s best amateur baker tonight – but says she is over the moon for the winner.
The Southend girl battled 30-year-old psychologist Kimberley Wilson, and 31-year-old clothes designer, Frances Quinn, for the title, which was awarded to Frances.
Ruby, 21, from Southend fell down on the showstopper, a Wedding cake, which judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry described as over-baked and poorly decorated.
Ruby said: “It was really difficult. I’ve never cared for big celebration cakes – it’s such an alien notion to me! By then we were all so exhausted after ten weeks of baking, it was difficult to come up with something creative.
“I tried to make it quite cute and whimsical, but when it came to the judging it was clear my wedding cake was the worst of the three by a mile, so at that point I knew I was out of the running.
“I was genuinely over the moon when they announced Frances as the winner. Obviously I was disappointed not to win, but at the same time I never expected to get so near to the final.”
Frances, who wowed judges with a three-tier wedding cake decorated with edible confetti made from beetroot, mango, rhubarb and sweet potato, said she could not believe her ears when judges announced her as the winner.
She said: "I don't think I could speak for a little while. It was complete and utter shock. It was so close, such a close final. I think it was the wedding cake at the end that really did swing it."
Contestants were also required to make a signature bake of a picnic pie, and a technical bake of pretzels, which she was awarded second place for.
Ruby made a vegetarian pie with roasted vegetables and halloumi for her signature bake, but it wasn’t enough to win the title.
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