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Bake Off's just too hot for Chris Geiger

By Laura Harding

Cancer survivor Chris Geiger (50) has become the second Great British Bake Off contestant to leave the tent, after he failed to play a winning hand with his biscuit board game.

The sailing enthusiast departed the show after he came last in a fortune cookie technical challenge and produced a game described by judge Paul Hollywood as "rough and ready".

Afterwards he said: "It has been lovely to receive so many messages from cancer patients, I have received congratulations from people that have either been through treatment, or are currently having treatment.

"The letters are so moving, when we read them my wife and I are sobbing away like a couple of babies. Something like that makes a whole sense of the competition, big time.

"Because of my illness, we are an incredibly close family. I hope from being on the show, it raises awareness that cancer can be beaten and inspires anyone who is having treatment; that will be enough for me.

"I hope patients will follow their goals in life, like I am trying to do. I have ticked another ambition off my list by getting on Bake Off and I want to thank Love Productions for the amazing opportunity."

The second episode of the first series to air on Channel 4 since the programme left the BBC saw the bakers tasked with whipping up 24 sandwich biscuits, before a technical challenge of two different kinds of fortune cookie.

Geiger's attempt was so unsuccessful, judge Prue Leith spat it out, saying: "Raw batter's not that much fun."

The challenge propelled Steven Carter-Bailey to his second week as star baker with his coffee gingerbread chess set.

Geiger's rum and ginger sailing-themed game, which substituted a spinning compass for dice, failed to impress.

The Great British Bake Off is on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesdays

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