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Viewers split over Angus Deayton as new host of Bake Off: Creme de la Creme

The second series kicked off with plenty of tasty treats, but everyone was talking about the new presenter.

Viewers were divided as Angus Deayton took over as the new host of Bake Off: Creme de la Creme, with many begging for previous presenter Tom Kerridge to return.

The cookery programme, a spin-off of The Great British Bake Off that sees teams of professional pastry chefs competing against each other, returned to BBC Two on Tuesday evening.

Fans took to Twitter to share their admiration for the chefs as they whipped up tasty French patisserie treats while also airing their opinions over Angus and his injection of dry humour to the series.

Some loved Angus – who hosted Have I Got News For You for 12 years until he was sacked in 2002 – as presenter, with his inquisitive style over the bakes and “sarcastic” narration.

One said they were thrilled to see him hosting a cookery programme, adding that they had “forgotten how good he was on Hell’s Kitchen”, which he hosted back in the mid-noughties.

“#GBBOCreme Just love Angus’s sarcasm. Brilliant addition to the show,” a Bake Off fan enthused.

But for others, Angus did not seem “bothered” or “enthusiastic” enough.

The first series’ presenter, TV chef Tom, was asked to return by many tweeters.

The episode saw returning judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden, armed with her trusty ruler, scrutinise the teams’ miniature challenge entries – 36 identical Napoleon cakes and 36 identical moka au cafe slices – and their showpiece peach melba creations.

There was a wide array of unique baked goods on offer in the kitchen at Welbeck Abbey, where the show is filmed, including a spectacular peach melba design that utilised a traffic cone as a chocolate mould from the purple team.

However, despite their impressive effort, the team, led by pastry chef Jack, scored the lowest of all the teams – just 34.5 points out of a possible 100 – across the two challenges, and was the first to be eliminated from the competition.

Another five teams will take over the kitchen in next week’s episode and will be tasked with making a wedding cake, eclairs and Mont Blanc desserts.

Bake Off: Creme de la Creme continues next Tuesday on BBC Two at 8pm.

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