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Bake Off's Andrew Smyth 'overwhelmed' by support from Northern Ireland fans

By Jonny Bell

Published 27/10/2016

Andrew Smyth on Bake Off
Andrew Smyth on Bake Off
Andrew Smyth
Jane Beedle (right), Andrew Smyth and Candice Brown, who has been crowned champion of this year's Great British Bake Off. PA
Paul Hollywood hugging Candice Brown, who has been crowned champion of this year's Great British Bake Off. PA
Northern Ireland engineer Andrew Smyth.
Mary Berry with Candice Brown, who has been crowned champion of this year's Great British Bake Off. PA
Candice Brown, who has been crowned champion of this year's Great British Bake Off. PA
Fellow finalists Andrew Smyth and Jane Beedle congratulate Candice Brown as the result was announced

Vanquished Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth thanked his Northern Ireland fans for their "overwhelming" support and says he can't wait to get back to Belfast to see them.

The 25-year-old from Holywood was pipped to the title in Wednesday night's show by PE teacher Candice Brown.

Despite his granny's chocolate cake impressing Paul Hollywood, it was a soggy bottom on his tart that hit his hopes.

While his meringue crown "lacked definition," Andrew said he was delighted with the 3D effect although conceded he may have been "too ambitious".

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Speaking to BBC Good Morning Ulster on Thursday morning, Andrew described his time on the show as a "fabulous experience".

The Rolls Royce jet engineer, who now lives in Derby, said he had been overwhelmed with the support he had from his Northern Ireland fans.

"They were just saying how great it was to see a Northern Irishman on mainstream TV," he said.

On his pastry, he said it was just the wrong type of glaze, "but that's how things go".

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Andrew said he struggled to keep the outcome of the pre-recorded final a secret and his 10-week long absence from work.

He said he was keen to bring his engineering skills into the tent and hoped to forge a career in television in scientific or engineering programming.

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The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 10 - Picture Shows: Signature. Andrew testing the stiffness of his meringue. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 10 - Picture Shows: Signature. Andrew testing the stiffness of his meringue. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 10 - Picture Shows: Signature. Royal tour with Andrew, Mary, Paul and Mel. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 10 - Picture Shows: Signature. Mel is in awe of Andrew’s creation. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 10 - Picture Shows: Technical. Mel dressing Andrew in various pieces of gingham cloth. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 10 - Picture Shows: Showstopper. Andrew icing his cake with Mel. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Joseph Cavaciuti
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Technical. Andrew, Jane & Candice bringing their bakes up to the table (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Signature. Jane & Sue looking in oven - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Technical. Andrew decorating with fruit. (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Technical. Selasi, Andrew and Candice approaching the gingham alter. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Technical. Selasi, Andrew and Candice approaching the gingham alter. (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Showstopper. Mel mocking Andrew’s stance used for icing. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 - Picture Shows: Showstopper. Sue mocking Andrew’s stance used for icing. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 9 Picture Shows: Showstopper. Andrew decorating his bake. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Tom Graham
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 8 - Picture Shows: Signature. Andrew with a string of sausages. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 8 - Picture Shows: Signature. Andrew getting ready to plate his pies on his moving cog display plate. Mel is watching on. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 8 - Picture Shows: Signature. Mary admiring Andrew's moving display plate and finished pies. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 8 Picture Shows: Signature. Andrew cooling his pies with Jane. - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 8 Picture Shows: Showstopper. Andrew cooling his cakes. Mel looks on. Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
The Great British Bake Off 2016 - episode 8 - Picture Shows: Showstopper. Andrew sticking his horses to his cake. Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
Andrew Smyth on Bake Off
Northern Ireland engineer Andrew Smyth.
Andrew Smyth with presenter Mel Giedroyc
Andrew Smyth
Great British Bake Off: Andrew Smyth's knight met with some derision
Andrew Smyth on the Great British Bake Off
Andrew Smyth on the show last night
Andrew Smyth with Sue Perkins
Andrew Smyth with Sue Perkins in last night's Bake Off programme
Andrew Smyth making his Spanish churro window box
Northern Ireland engineer Andrew Smyth narrowly missed out on the Star Baker
Andrew Smyth on last night's Bake Off show
Andrew Smyth cooking on the Great British Bake Off

"But that's in the long term," he added, "for now I am just looking forward to enjoying all the perks that come with the Bake Off.

"The shows, the demos and the fans, I can't wait to see them, they have been so supportive."

Despite his loss he said he was "genuinely delighted" for Candice saying she and the other contestants had become good friends.

He described judging duo Paul Holywood and Mary Berry as perfect for the show.

"Paul is ruthlessly direct, while Mary tries to find all the positives," he said.

And on its move to Channel Four, Andrew said he was looking forward to seeing the "new chapter" in the show's history.

"It's not the end of Bake Off, it's just taking a new direction.

"For me it was a great experience and Candice thoroughly deserved the win. Through the weeks she had been the more consistent and she deserved it."

Andrew will be in Belfast's Fountain Street Waterstones this Saturday, October 29 to sign copies of The Great British Bake Off: Perfect Cakes & Bakes to Make at Home book.

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