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Great British Bake Off Andrew's perfect Yorkshire puds keeps him in mix for title

By Allan Preston

Northern Ireland engineer Andrew Smyth has escaped elimination from the Great British Bake Off for another week.

Despite wowing judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with his tapas-filled Yorkshire puddings, the 25-year-old lost out on the star baking prize for the third week in a row - this time to 23-year-old teaching assistant Benjamina Ebuehi.

Nurse Kate Barmby (37) was eliminated after taking a battering from the judges.

Smyth and the other eight bakers were given three all-new challenges in the tent - having to create 24 savoury Yorkshire puddings for the signature bake, 12 uniform lace pancakes in the technical and a show-stopper of 36 sweet fried Spanish churros with dipping sauces.

Jude Paul Hollywood was full of praise for Smyth's tapas-filled Yorkshire puddings: "I like the way you've toasted your nuts," he said. "Great consistency inside that. Well-baked and the flavours you've got in the chicken are all coming through."

After finishing fourth in the lace pancake stage, Mary Berry was less impressed with his show-stopper Spanish churro window box.

"It's very clever," she said. "But the fat has impregnated it a little bit too much."

After the shock news that Bake Off is moving from the BBC to Channel 4, with the departure of presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, there is speculation that the two judges will not return for the next series.

Paul Hollywood previously said: "As far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself are concerned, we want to stay on the BBC."

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