The Great British Bake Off is back, and the first week took the biscuit with triumphs, disasters and the first evictee.
Viewers were delighted to see their favourite show back on TV.
Right. Bra off, comfies on. It’s time for the long-awaited #GBBO ❤☺
— Samantha (@Beautyspyglass) August 28, 2018
— Laura Sandon-Webb (@teachermummy1) August 28, 2018
Who went out and who won Star Baker?
Northern Irish baker Imelda was the first contestant for the chop, while Manon’s precise French style saw her rise to the top as star baker.
It was Biscuit week!
Up first as the opening week category was biscuits, a departure from the usual Bake Off format which we’re used to seeing starting with cake week.
The 12 contestants had to make a type of biscuit that would reflect the region they are from, and included shortbreads, masala chai, lemon, and fennel flavourings.
Antony, Kim-Joy and Manon were off to a strong start, although Dan, Jon, Ruby and Rahul had room for improvement.
Terry had something of a shocker in the first task with an unfinished batch that did not impress.
Karen achieved that greatest of Bake Off feats, finishing a task early – but when she cracked open a box of snacks she’d brought with her, it divided viewer opinion.
Instant dislike for that woman who was eating the crisps! #GBBO
— EmilyB🐑Ⓜ (@EmilyBaah) August 28, 2018
The lady who finished early and opened a tupperware full of packets of crisps is my hero #GBBO
— Sam Whitehouse (@Sam_Whitehouse) August 28, 2018
Next, the bakers were given their first technical challenge – making Wagon Wheels with only the most basic of instructions.
Ruby triumphed with the best biscuits, but Rahul and Manon struggled to get the brief right.
The showstopper challenge threw the bakers in at the deep end, tasking them with creating a biscuit selfie.
Eight years I’ve avoided #GBBO for. EIGHT YEARS. Then someone said “biscuit selfie” and all of a sudden my Tuesday nights have come to an end.
— Sophie Gane (@Fringey87) August 28, 2018
Ruby went for a picture of herself finishing the London Marathon, but found it tricky to finish her bake in time.
Terry pulled it back round with an Impressionist-style 3D biscuit selfie, and Briony’s self-portrait was also a hit.
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) August 28, 2018
In the end, Imelda made just too many mistakes to stay in the competition, but Manon marked herself out as an early contender by winning star baker.
Manon has a voice like poetry and melting silver but Terry is a beam of light in a shadowed world what do you mean I’m too emotionally invested #GBBO
— Jess K. (@jessbettykay) August 28, 2018
The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.
Meet the 2018 Great British Bake Off Contestants: