The Great British Bake Off (series 5)

The fifth series of The Great British Bake Off began on Wednesday 6 August 2014.[1] Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins presented the show and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. Twelve contestants competed in this series, and the competition was held in Welford Park in Berkshire.[2] The series was won by Nancy Birtwhistle, with Luis Troyano and Richard Burr finishing as runners-up.

The Great British Bake Off (series 5)
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes10
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release6 August (2014-08-06) 
8 October 2014 (2014-10-08)
Series chronology

The programme was moved from BBC Two to BBC One starting this year, however the Masterclass episodes remained on BBC Two. A companion series The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice hosted by comedian Jo Brand started this year was also shown on BBC Two.

Bakers

Baker[3]AgeOccupationHometownlinks
Chetna Makan35Fashion DesignerBroadstairs, Kent[4][5]
Claire Goodwin31Speech TherapistAshton upon Mersey, Trafford[6][7]
Diana Beard69Women's Institute (WI) JudgeAlkington, Shropshire[8]
Enwezor Nzegwu39Business ConsultantPortsmouth, Hampshire[9]
Iain Watters31Construction EngineerLondon/Belfast[10]
Jordan Cox32IT ManagerSneinton, Nottingham[11][12]
Kate Henry41Furniture RestorerBrighton, East Sussex[13]
Luis Troyano42Graphic DesignerPoynton, Cheshire[14][15]
Martha Collison17StudentAscot, Berkshire[16]
Nancy Birtwhistle60Retired Practice ManagerBarton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire[17]
Norman Calder66Retired Naval OfficerPortknockie, Moray[18]
Richard Burr38BuilderMill Hill, London[19][20]

Results summary

Elimination chart
Baker12345[a]6[b]78910
NancySBWINNER
LuisSBRunner-up
RichardSBSBSBRunner-up
ChetnaSBOUT
MarthaOUT
KateSBOUT
NormanOUT
DianaWD
IainOUT
JordanOUT
EnwezorOUT
ClaireOUT

[a]Diana left the show after episode 4 due to illness. Her departure was announced at the start of episode 5. The night before episode 5 was scheduled to be taped, she suffered a head injury, resulting in an overnight stay in A&E and a loss of her senses of taste and smell that persisted.[21][22]

[b]Because the judges were unable to agree, no-one was eliminated this 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 was eliminated.
     Baker withdrew from the show.
     Baker was the Star Baker.
     Baker was the series runner-up.
     Baker was the series winner.

Episodes

     Baker eliminated
     Star Baker
     Winner

Episode 1: Cakes

For their first bake, the contestants were required to make a Swiss Roll as their signature challenge in two and a half hours. For the technical bake, the baker were set the challenge of baking a cherry cake in two hours using Mary Berry's recipe. In the showstopper challenge, the bakers were given three and a half hours to bake their own choice of classic British cakes in miniature. The bakers needed to make 36 cakes of identical size, shape and texture.

Baker Signature
(Swiss Roll)
Technical
(Cherry Cake)
Showstopper
(36 Classic Miniature British Cakes)
ChetnaCardamom, Pistachio and Coffee Swiss Roll3rdTiered Victoria Sponges with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Cream
ClaireChocolatey Orangey Swirly Roll8thMini Chocolate and Cherry Cakes
DianaMum's Sunday Tea Lemon Curd Swiss Roll5thChocolate Ganache Surprises
EnwezorRaspberry and Lemon Swiss Roll9thCoffee and Walnut Battenberg Squares
IainApricot and Basil Swiss Roll with Mascarpone and White Chocolate Cream4thLemon Drizzle Cakes with Mascarpone Filling, Drizzled Icing, and Candied Lemon
JordanKawaii Frasier Swiss Roll12thLemon Drizzle Cakes with Blueberry and Lemon Curd
KateRed Velvet and White Chocolate Swiss Roll6thMini Tiered Victoria Sponges
LuisSpanish Swiss Roll7thRaspberry and Lemon Genoise Slices with Lemon Drizzles
MarthaTiramisu Swiss Roll2ndMini Lemon and Thyme Drizzle Cakes
NancyCoffee and Hazelnut Swiss Roll1stJaffa Orange Cakes
NormanBlack Forest Swiss Roll11thAlmond and Raspberry Mini Cakes
RichardPistachio and Strawberry Swiss Roll10thMiniature Coffee and Walnut Cakes

Episode 2: Biscuits

In this episode, the bakers were challenged with creating biscuits. Firstly, in the signature, they had two hours to bake 36 savoury biscuits. In the technical challenge, they had one and a quarter hours with Mary Berry's recipe for 18 florentines, which the bakers found difficult. In the final challenge, the bakers had four hours to make some kind of 3D biscuit scene.

Baker Signature
(36 Savoury Biscuits)
Technical
(18 Florentines)
Showstopper
(3D Biscuit Scene)
ChetnaFenugreek and Carom Crackers8thDay On The Beach
DianaParmesan Triangles7thExpress, First Class
EnwezorPumpkin and Sunflower Savoury Biscuits9thSpace Adventure Moon Scene
IainZa'atar and Fig Biscuits11thWild West Scene
JordanSourdough, Parmesan and Chilli Biscuits6thMonster Attack
KateParmesan and Apple Biscuits4thTea Time
LuisBlack Olive and Rosemary Biscuits with Caramelised Onion Glaze3rdGeorge Versus The Dragon
MarthaCaramelised Onion and Goat's Cheese Sandwich Biscuits5thSki Village Scene
NancyFennel and Rye Thins2ndHansel and Gretel Scene
NormanFarthing Biscuits10thZulu Boats at Dawn
RichardRosemary Seeded Crackers1stPirates!

Episode 3: Bread

In bread week, the bakers firstly had to make twelve rye bread rolls in three and a half hours. In the technical challenge, they were given three hours to make four ciabatta loaves using Paul's recipe, with the advice from Paul that they should be patient. In the showstopper, the bakers were required to make a bread centrepiece in four hours. The centrepiece should be a filled-loaf that is spectacular and tasty, and would be judged on its appearance, design and crust, and should be well-baked on the inside.

Baker Signature

(12 Rye Bread Rolls)

Technical

(4 Ciabattas)

Showstopper

(Filled Centrepiece Loaf)

ChetnaOnion and Pine Nut Rolls8thRolled and Filled Twin Loaf
DianaRustic Picnic Rolls7thSharing Savoury Pinwheel
IainCranberry and Walnut Rye Bread Rolls9thMoroccan Plaited with a Bessara Dip
JordanRye and Spelt Bread Rolls10thStrawberry Raspberry Cheesecake Brioche
KateOrange and Cardamom Rye Bread Knots1stProsciutto, Olive & Coriander Bread
LuisOpposites Attract Rolls2ndRoscón de Reyes
MarthaDate and Walnut Rye Rolls3rdStuffed Sunflower Loaf
NancyCider and Walnut Crusty Rolls5th'Full English' Stromboli
NormanRye Bread Rolls4thChicken and Roasted Vegetable Picnic Loaf
RichardRye and Cranberry Rolls6thPesto Pinwheel

Episode 4: Desserts

For the signature bake, the judges gave the bakers two hours to make eight self-saucing puddings, meaning the sauce should come from the bake itself. The bakers may choose to make either a fondant or a sponge which creates its own sauce at the bottom. In the technical, they had to bake Mary's own tiramisu cake recipe in two and a half hours. In the showstopper, they had four and a half hours to make baked Alaskas.

Baker Signature
(8 Self-Saucing Puddings)
Technical
(Tiramisu Cake)
Showstopper
(Baked Alaska)
ChetnaRhubarb, Strawberry and Orange Puddings3rdMango, Raspberry and Coconut Baked Alaska
DianaOrange and Lemon Curd Pots9thRaspberry Ripple Alaska Swan
IainChocolate, Lime and Raspberry Fondants6thChocolate, Black Sesame Seed and Coffee Caramel Baked Alaska (not presented)
KateChocolate and Salted Caramel Molten Puddings7thPistachio, Raspberry and Chocolate Baked Alaska
LuisPears in Puddings2ndBakewell Alaska
MarthaPeanut Butter Chocolate Fondants1stKey Lime Baked Alaska
NancyPistachio Puddings with Chocolate Sauce4thSummer Pudding Alaska
NormanMini Sticky Toffee Puddings8thBaked Alaska with Strawberry Surprise
RichardBlack Forest Chocolate Fondants5thTiramisu Baked Alaska

Many of the bakers struggled to make baked Alaskas, as it was the hottest day of the year so far, and two of five refrigerators were broken, resulting in a struggle among the contestants for enough freezer space.[23] During the bake, Diana took Iain's ice cream and sponge cake assembly out of the freezer to make room for hers, mistakenly leaving it out on a counter in the hot tent. When Iain found it, the ice cream had melted and, frustrated, he threw the sponge cake and melted ice cream in the dustbin. (It was later stated by producers that the dessert was only out for one minute.) Paul and Mary chastised him for this decision, explaining that they would rather have judged sample pieces of each baked Alaska component or even a melted final product than nothing at all, and his decision to present Paul and Mary with nothing to judge contributed to his elimination. Viewers of the show objected on Twitter, attacking Diana.[23] Iain spoke out against these online attacks,[23] and Diana claimed that the editing had distorted the truth, "stitching [her] up". She subsequently withdrew from the show after suffering an injury from a fall.[24]

Episode 5: Pies and Tarts

For signature challenge, the bakers were set the task of a family-sized custard tart in two and a half hours. The tart should have a crispy base and silky custard. The technical challenge is set using one of Paul's recipes, and the bakers were required to make six mini pear pies, which are poached pears surrounded by rough puff pastry, to be completed in two hours. In the showstopper, the bakers were tasked with making tiered pies in four and half hours. The pies needed to be able to support themselves, and should have at least three tiers and share a common theme.

Baker Signature
(Custard Tart)
Technical
(Mini Pear Pies)
Showstopper
(Three-Tiered Pie)
ChetnaRice Custard Tart with Mangoes and Raspberries2ndFusion Tiered Pies
KateRhubarb and Custard Tart3rdRhubarb, Prune and Apple Pies
LuisTropical Manchester Tart6thFour Fruity Seasons Tower
MarthaPistachio, Apricot and Honey Custard Tart1stThree Little Pigs Pie
NancyChocolate Crusted Passion Fruit Tart4thTrio of Apple Pies
NormanTarte au Citron5thPieful Tower
RichardFig and Orange Tart7thThree Course Autumn Pie Feast

Before the round began, it was announced that Diana had withdrawn from the competition for health reasons she had lost her sense of taste and smell in a fall.[25]

Episode 6: European Cakes

For the signature bake, the challenge was to bake a cake inspired by a European cake, but the cake must be leavened with yeast. The bakers were given three hours for the challenge. The technical challenge was set using one of Mary's recipes for a Swedish Princess cake (Prinsesstårta). The recipe is the most complicated yet, requiring 26 separate ingredients with 14 stages, and to be completed in two and a quarter hours. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a contemporary version of the Hungarian Dobos Torte in five hours. The cake should have at least two tiers, with particular emphasis on caramel sugar work on the cake.

Baker Signature
(Yeast-Leavened Cake)
Technical
(Prinsesstårta)
Showstopper
(Dobos Torte)
ChetnaOrange Savarin with Cinnamon Cream2ndAlmond Liqueur Dobos Torte with Chocolate Caramel Buttercream
KatePecan, Chocolate and Sour Cherry Yeast Cake6thTrio of Dobos Tortes
LuisApple and Cinnamon Kugelhopf with Honeyed Apples3rdThe Cage on the Rocky Hill
MarthaDark Chocolate and Almond Liqueur Savarin4thChess-Themed Chocolate and Salted Caramel Dobos Torte
NancyRum Punch Savarin with Coconut Cream and Tropical Fruits1stChocolate and Caramel Dobos Torte
RichardFruity Guglhupf with an Orange Glaze5thSugar Forest Dobos Torte

No one was eliminated this week as the judges could not agree on the worst-performing baker, stating it was between Richard and Kate. As Diana left the show before the previous week's contest due to illness, it was possible not to eliminate anyone.

Episode 7: Pastry

In their first task, the bakers were set the challenge of making twelve savoury pastry parcels, to be completed in an hour and three quarters. The parcels can be of any type of pastries, but should be uniform in size, well-filled, perfectly cooked and well-sealed to prevent leaks. The technical bake was one that for the first time none of the bakers had heard of, the Breton pastry kouign-amann, using one of Paul's recipes. The bakers should make twelve identical kouign-amanns in three and a half hours. For the final challenge, the bakers were required to make 24 Éclairs of two different flavours (12 of each) in four hours. The éclairs should be made of choux pastry and éclair-shaped, otherwise the bakers were free to do as they wished to produce a showstopper.

Baker Signature
(12 Savoury Parcels)
Technical
(Kouign-Amann)
Showstopper
(24 Éclairs)
ChetnaCrispy Lentil Kachori6thChocolate & Mango and Lemon Meringue Éclairs
KateSpinach and Paneer Spicy Samosa4thNeapolitan and Lemon Meringue Éclairs
LuisChildhood Empanadas5thStars and Stripes Éclairs
MarthaMini Beef Wellingtons3rdRhubarb & Custard and Maple Syrup & Bacon Éclairs
NancySpicy Duck Pasties2ndSmoked Salmon & Horseradish and Raspberry Ripple Éclairs
RichardMinted Lamb Pasties1stStair of Éclairs

Episode 8: Advanced Dough

For the signature bake, they were given the challenge of making sweet fruit loaves that must be free form. They had two and a half hours for the bake which is challenging as the bakers were required to use enriched dough which takes longer to proof. In the technical, they had two and a half hours to make a povitica, which Chetna had made for her signature loaf. This technical challenge was particularly hard for most of the bakers, many of whose loafs were raw inside and deemed unsafe to eat. Doughnuts were set as the challenge in the final task, and the bakers were required to make eighteen each of two different sorts, to be completed in four hours.

Baker Signature
(Fruit Loaf)
Technical
(Povitica)
Showstopper
(36 Doughnuts)
ChetnaDate and Walnut Swirl Bread1stChocolate Mousse Filled Doughnuts
Braided Doughnuts
LuisBlack Forest Cherry Tree2ndCocktail Doughnuts
MarthaSpiced Plum Iced Bread Swirl5thGlazed Lemon & Poppyseed Doughnuts
Chocolate & Passion Fruit Doughnuts
NancyLincolnshire Plum Braid3rdDoughnut Family Tree
RichardFruit Swedish Tea Ring4thRhubarb and Custard
Toffee Apple Doughnuts

Episode 9: Pâtisserie (Semi-Final)

For the signature challenge, the bakers had to make baklava, including their own filo pastry, with a time limit of three and a half hours to complete the challenge. There had to be two different types of baklava, and twenty-four portions in total. For the technical challenge, the bakers had to make a schichttorte, and had two hours to complete it. There had to be twenty layers in their schichttorte, and was one of Paul's recipes. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers had to make entremets, very small and fine cakes put in a window of a French pâtisserie. They had to make two different types of entremets, twelve of each, and had five hours to complete the challenge.

Baker Signature
(24 Baklava)
Technical
(Schichttorte)
Showstopper
(24 Entremets)
ChetnaChocolate Orange Baklava
Masala Chai Baklava
4thChocolate, Orange & Nut Entremets
Cappuccino Entremets
LuisIndian Rose Baklava
Halwa Baklava Rolls
1stChocolate Mousse & Cherry Entremets
Pomegranate, Fig & Pistachio Sponges
NancyCoffee and Chocolate Baklava
Breakfast Baklava
3rdRaspberry Nonnettes
Lime and Passion Fruit Entremets
RichardRose and Pistachio Baklava
Walnut and Almond Baklava
2ndHazelnut Mocha Entremets
Pink Grapefruit Entremets

Episode 10: Final

In the final signature challenge, the bakers had to make Viennoiserie in three and a half hours. They had to make two different types of the pastry. In the technical, the judges decided to bring things "back to basics" by asking the bakers to bake 12 Victoria Sandwiches, Tartes au citron and Scones. The challenge, however, was that they had only two hours to make this and only three instructions. The final Showstopper was a Pièce Montée. The bakers were given five hours to make this, and the judges said it must be in some self-standing structure.

Baker Signature
(Viennoiserie)
Technical
(12 Mini Victoria Sandwiches, 12 Mini Tarte au Citron, 12 Mini Scones)
Showstopper
(Pièce Montée)
LuisApple, Walnut, Raisin and Cheshire Cheese Chaussons
Pain au Chocolat Blanc with Raspberries and Cream Cheese
2ndVillage in Chocolate
NancyApple and Lemon Kites
Raspberry and Almond Croissants
1stRed Windmill
RichardPear Pain au Chocolat
Pain Au Lait
3rdMill on the Hill

Masterclasses

Mary and Paul demonstrated how to bake the technical challenges that they set for the bakers as well as their own favorite recipes for some of the other challenges set in the series. They also gave some tips on baking techniques. The Masterclasses episodes were shown on BBC2.

Episode 1

Bake 1Bake 2Bake 3
MaryCherry CakeFlorentinesMiniature Coffee and Walnut Cakes
PaulBlackcurrant and Liquorice
Swiss Roll
Savoury BiscuitsN/A

Episode 2

Bake 1Bake 2Bake 3
MaryTiramisu CakeNeapolitan Baked AlaskaN/A
PaulCiabattaRoquefort and Walnut LoafChocolate Volcanoes

Episode 3

Bake 1Bake 2Bake 3
MaryChocolate and Orange TartPrinsesstårtaAlmond Praline and Caramel-Coated Hazelnut Dobos Torte
PaulMini Sausage PlaitsKouign-AmannN/A

Episode 4

Bake 1Bake 2Bake 3
MaryLemon and Raspberry Éclairs
Double Chocolate Mousse EntremetsN/A
PaulChocolate and Cherry LoafPoviticaChocolate and Raspberry Doughnuts

Christmas special

Bake 1Bake 2Bake 3
MaryWhite Chocolate and Ginger CheesecakeGenoa CakeAlmond Galette
PaulSt. Lucia BunsMincemeat and Marzipan CouronneKransekake

Controversy

"Bingate"

In the fourth episode of the series, there was controversy over the events that preceded the elimination of contestant Iain Watters. During the final showstopper round contestants were tasked with producing a baked Alaska. Iain's ice cream was shown as having not set, and in a show of frustration he threw his bake in the bin. The editing of the show suggested that another contestant, Diana Beard, had caused the failure by removing the ice cream from a freezer for her own ice cream, and the perceived "sabotage" resulted in a furore on social media networks.[26] More than 800 complaints were lodged with the BBC, and some complained to the communication watchdog Ofcom.[27] Some members of the cast however posted comments in support of Diana,[28] and a BBC spokesman later issued a statement:[29]

As shown in the episode, Iain became the fourth baker to leave the tent because he didn't present Paul and Mary with anything to judge in the showstopper challenge and both judges were very clear about the reasoning behind the decision.

Due to the extreme temperature in the tent that day, many of the bakers struggled to get their ice cream to set as seen in the episode. Diana removing Iain's ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain's departure.

The claim that it was only left out for a short time however was challenged by Iain Watters, saying that it was left long enough to ruin the dessert.[30] Fellow contestant Jordan Cox criticized the show's production, claiming the freezers were not very good in quality, and were chosen on aesthetic quality only.[31] Diana Beard left the show before the next episode was filmed due to illness.[32][33]

Beard later gave an interview to BBC Radio Shropshire, saying: "I'm disappointed with the way it's been portrayed. I've been stitched up, haven't I? We were 12 amateur bakers, [there's] no prize money involved. Why would I sabotage Iain's Baked Alaska? This has made it look like some cutthroat competition. I think someone's culpable for the editing, really." She also said that Iain's ice cream had been out of the freezer for no more than 40 seconds and that her conscience was intact.[34]

Innuendo

A number of viewers complained to the BBC feedback show Points of View in the fifth series about the "constant smutty remarks" from the presenters Mel and Sue.[35][36] This series was seen as having more innuendos than previous ones; some reviewers noted the "extra pinch of saucy spice" and "the increasingly filthy-minded hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins",[37][38][39] and a columnist for the Daily Mail argued that the "smutty" innuendos made the show no longer fit for family entertainment.[40] Series 3 winner John Whaite, however, argued that innuendo is part of what made the show a success,[41] while Paul Hollywood described the innuendos as banter in the spirit of the Carry On films and is a part of British culture,[42] a view shared by others.[43][44]

Post-show careers

Richard Burr's book on baking, BIY: Bake it Yourself, was released on 16 August 2015.[45]

Luis Troyano also wrote a book, Bake It Great, released on 20 August 2015.[46]

Chetna Makan has written a baking book The Cardamom Trail, released on 21 March 2016, as well as a cookbook Chai, Chaat & Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India, published on 6 July 2017.[47][48]

Martha Collison has written two baking books, Twist, released on 14 July 2016, and Crave, published 13 July 2017 with Harper Collins. She also has a weekly column with Waitrose and is a charity ambassador for Tearfund.[49]

Ratings

The series started with its highest ratings for its opening episode after its move to BBC One, with over 7 million tuning in according to overnight figures.[50] This is adjusted to 8.5 million for its 7-day final viewing figure, making this its second most-watched episode after previous year's final.[51] In the fourth episode, 8.1 million watched the original broadcast,[52] but the "bingate" controversy gained the show a further 2 million viewers on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, giving the show the biggest ever audience with 10.248 million viewers for the episode.[53][54] The final of the show gained an overnight viewing figure of 12.29 million,[55] and a consolidated average figure of 13.5 million, the highest viewing figure for a non-sporting event of the year on UK TV, after 2014 FIFA World Cup's England vs Uruguay match.[56] Series 5 had an average of viewing figure of 10.1 million.[57]

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[58]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
Weekly ranking
all channels[59]
16 August 2014 (2014-08-06)8.5111
213 August 2014 (2014-08-13)8.7911
320 August 2014 (2014-08-20)9.2811
427 August 2014 (2014-08-27)10.2512
53 September 2014 (2014-09-03)9.9512
610 September 2014 (2014-09-10)10.1312
717 September 2014 (2014-09-17)10.2812
824 September 2014 (2014-09-24)9.02324
91 October 2014 (2014-10-01)10.6711
108 October 2014 (2014-10-08)13.5111

^Note 3 The programme was rescheduled to BBC Two in Scotland due to a football game.

Specials

Episode
no.
AirdateViewers
(millions)
BBC Two
weekly ranking
The Great British Bake Off Masterclass
19 October 2014 (2014-10-09)1.9912
210 October 2014 (2014-10-10)1.5324
315 October 2014 (2014-10-15)2.167
416 October 2014 (2014-10-16)1.4223
The Great British Bake Off, Class of 2013
12 October 2014 (2014-10-12)N/AN/A
The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Masterclass
16 December 2014 (2014-12-16)3.035

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