I’ll never understand Bake Offs Crystelle Pereira speaks out after eventful episode

GBBO: Crystelle Pereira wins star baker

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Great British Bake Off fans were thrilled to see contestant Crystelle Pereira finally win the title of star baker in yesterday’s instalment, while also earning an enthusiastic Paul Hollywood handshake for her showstopper. The judge was impressed with the baker’s terrine pie, which he described as “perfection”. 

In an emotional Instagram post to her 18,900 followers, Crystelle has now shared how she felt about what happened.

She wrote: “SORRY WHAT IN THE WORLD JUST HAPPENED!!!!! 

“Star baker and a showstopper Hollywood handshake; never in a billion years did I think either of those things were possible…it’s all just mad and I don’t think I’ll ever understand tbh.

“I also don’t even think I shook Paul’s hand because my entire body shut down.”(sic)

Last night the contestants were seen baking a range of delicious-looking treats for pastry week, which proved stressful for some. 

The bakers started off by making chouxnuts – similar to donuts, but made of choux pastry – leading to a lot of mess in the kitchen as too much filling made them burst. 

Next was a tough technical round where they were asked to produce Paul’s signature baklava. 

However, it was the showstopper where Crystelle really shone, with her curried chicken and potato terrine pie absolutely blowing the judges away. 

She continued to gush about the moment in her post: “This was a very sentimental bake for me, so I’m feeling so grateful and blessed right now, and obviously still in complete SHOCK. 

“Cooking was my first love before baking, and I’m so glad to have been able to showcase both of my passions this week, especially through flavours that are true to my roots. 

“Swipe to see the main inspiration behind my bake – my great grandmother, Lily Nana, is a true angel and she was definitely watching over me. I couldn’t have done this without her.”

Among the other bakers to impress this week were Jürgen Krauss and Giuseppe Dell’Anno, who both won the judges over with their inventive chouxnut recipes. 

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Jürgen opted to pair a German-inspired streusel with an Asian-inspired yuzu citrus glaze, while Giuseppe went in for a moreish bake topped with nougatine and a sticky caramel and honey glaze.

That said, Crystelle still managed to beat them both to the top spot, becoming the first woman to win star baker this series.

She went on to express her sadness that police detective Amanda Georgiou had left the tent. 

“Despite the happiness, I’m so gutted to see my Bake Off Mum @amanda_foreverbaking go. 

“I have so much love and respect for her and she is hands down one of the most hilarious people I’ve ever met,” she wrote. 

“Thank you for always telling me to get my act together and to stop being a dramatic mess all the time!!

“Love you always and can’t wait to see you.”

The Great British Bake Off continues to air every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.


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