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Great British Bake Off final is a real nail-biter, says Ruby
SOUTHEND’s Great British Bake Off contestant, Ruby Tandoh, will battle two others for the coveted title of Britain’s best baker.
The series finale, which airs tonight, will see student Ruby, who is the bookies favourite, bake against psychologist Kimberley Wilson and clothes designer Frances Quinn.
Ruby said: “I’m very excited. I never really expected to get to the finals, so after the semifinals, it hit me how much I did want to win. On the other side of the coin, having got to the final feels so amazing it doesn’t matter about the end result.
“When the show began I honestly never even thought beyond the individual challenge in front of me, and it was a really nice surprise just to get through each week.”
Ruby has been awarded the accolade of Star Baker three times by judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, and says that her best achievement was winning the title on week eight.
She said: “My favourite moment on the show so far is probably getting star baker in week eight, which was ‘free from’ certain ingredients week.
“To do well in something I’m not that knowledgeable about was amazing for me.”
The 21-year-old student, who studies at University College London, says she has struggled to come to terms with being in the limelight.
Ruby said: “Random people come up to me in the street in London, and one person even asked me for my autograph, which was really strange!
“The online stuff is really new to me too. I only got a Twitter account before Bake Off started and didn’t really know how to use it, and suddenly I had all these followers to interact with.
“I love it when people tweet me pictures of bakes, it makes me really happy. That side of things is a great part of doing the show.
All my friends and family have been amazing. It’s very nice to have the support because taking part in the show can be quite overwhelming.”
Ruby has come in for a lot of criticism on the show, with some viewers protesting she “cried her way” into the final.
She said: “I don’t feel like I have to defend myself too much.
The programme was fair and without bias, and actually a few of us cried at the end of the show.
“The suggestion Paul and Mary would be swayed by someone crying is ridiculous when you think about it for a moment.
“Hopefully people will watch the final with an open mind. It’s going to be a really tense one – I’ll probably be watching with several glasses of wine!”
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