Bake Off star Jurgen opens up on show secrecy ‘It almost didn’t happen’

GBBO: Jurgen misses out on Paul’s handshake

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Great British Bake Off viewers bid farewell to Jürgen on Tuesday’s instalment of the Channel 4 show. Despite missing out on the final the German native, who had become a fan-favourite, revealed he’s been enjoying reliving the highs and lows of his Bake Off experience. However, the star admitted the need for secrecy make it feel like it “almost didn’t happen”. 

Fans of the show have watched Jürgen’s baking highlights as well as cooking catastrophes since the series landed on Channel 4 earlier this year. 

Jürgen managed to be crowned Star Baker on multiple occasions, with many viewers hoping he’d bake it through to the final of the competition. 

However, the star struggled last week when he dropped his vegan sausage rolls on the tent’s floor, with judge Prue Leith calling the roles “clumsy”. 

Unfortunately, Jürgen’s bakes did not impress the judges enough this week as he was eliminated from the show ahead of the final.  

Looking back at his experience on the Bake Off, Jürgen told Radio Times he started baking in earnest about 11 years ago. 

“My family and I became great Bake Off fans, and family and friends persuaded me to apply for series four back in 2013, but my heart wasn’t in it; I applied just before the deadline without success,” he added. 

“Watching the bakers in the bubble last year felt like Bake Off had gone to a different level. 

“My wife and I reviewed photos of the many things I had made over the years, and that finally gave me the confidence to apply again.”

The show was filmed during the summer, so Jürgen and his fellow contestants had to stay quiet until each episode aired so they did not reveal any spoilers to fans. 

Jürgen, who had been avidly watching the series each week, admitted it was a “relief that it is out at last”. 

“The time since we ended the filming was strange, and because of the need for secrecy it felt like it almost didn’t happen,” he added. 

“It is great to relive the ups and downs while watching the show – and the feedback on social media has been incredibly positive!”

In this week’s episode, the bakers took on a range of patisserie challenges in the tent in a bid to impress the judges. 

For the first task, the competitors had to produce layered patisserie style slices. 

However, when the time came for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to taste the cakes, Jürgen missed out on a Hollywood Handshake.

His competitors Crystelle, Guiseppe, and Chigs all earned themselves a handshake from Paul.

Paul was adamant Jürgen’s patisserie wasn’t quite perfect, saying: “I like it but I didn’t love it.

“The flavour I do get is coffee and a bit of chocolate. I cannot taste anything else,” he added. 

Meanwhile, presenter Noel Fielding gave Jürgen a handshake to make up for the one he missed out on from Paul.

Great British Bake Off returns next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4. 

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