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Great British Bake Off: Just desserts for Star Baker Andrew

By Allan Preston

Published 06/10/2016

Mel Giedroyc watches as Andrew cuts his meringue layer
Mel Giedroyc watches as Andrew cuts his meringue layer

There was a sweet outcome last night for Andrew Smyth, Co Down's own baking engineer, as he bounced back from disaster on the Great British Bake Off to be named this week's Star Baker.

For Dessert Week, the 25-year-old jet engineer used secret family recipes handed down from his dad and grandmother to earn himself a place in the Bake Off's quarter finals.

"Last week I had a bit of a meltdown, so this week I had a bit of a word with myself," said Andrew.

"This is more my type of week, I'm a desserts man through and through," he said.

The six remaining bakers had been tasked to come up with a family sized roulade, a French marjolaine and a finale of 24 mini mousse cakes.

With his mousse cakes placed on a Ferris wheel, judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood quickly awarded Andrew the Star Baker award.

"Finally - I'm delighted, I'm super chuffed," he said.

"I've got a chance to make the final but I suppose now I've got to step it up a gear again."

However, life at the top can be shortlived, as last week's Star Baker Tom Gilford was eliminated.

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