Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Blanc sorry for 'too thin' comment

TV chef Raymond Blanc has apologised after suggesting that Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh is too thin to enjoy food
TV chef Raymond Blanc has apologised after suggesting that Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh is too thin to enjoy food

TV chef Raymond Blanc has apologised after suggesting that Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh is too thin to enjoy food as the show's fans prepare to tune in tonight to see the winner revealed.

The French-born chef also angered viewers of the hit BBC2 baking show when he appeared to reveal the winner of the fourth series on Twitter.

But the 63-year-old later apologised to Bake Off co-host Paul Hollywood for his comment, which he blamed on the fact that he is a "Frenchman writing English", and said he had no idea who will be crowned best amateur baker.

Former model Tandoh is favourite to win when she takes on Frances Quinn, 31, and Kimberley Wilson, 30, in the final.

Restaurateur Blanc sparked anger when he wrote: "The Great British Bake Off. Not much skills, female tears and a winner so thin who makes me doubt of her love for great cooking, baking."

Tandoh, 21, hit back, writing: "@raymond_blanc 'female tears'?! and what has anyone's size got to do with it?

"I don't care if you're a patisserie king - don't be an idiot."

Viewers complained that the How To Cook Well presenter had ruined the finale, with one writing: "You've ruined this for millions of viewers!" and another adding: "Thanks for spoiling #NotImpressed".

Hollywood, who presents Bake Off, which is set to move to BBC1 next year, with Mary Berry, wrote: "Wow Raymond have you seen the winner already ???"

Blanc later apologised, tweeting Hollywood: "Apologies if I upset people this morning. I would like to congratulate you on a show. Best Rb xx"

He added: "It seems my tweet was not written how it was meant to. Frenchman writing English! I'm sorry I do not know who the winner is."

He told his Twitter followers: "OK, sorry guys, I was a grumpy Frenchman this morning. I don't know who has won #GBBO, but can't wait to find out..."

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