Bake Off fans accuse show of being racist for axing Hermine over Laura

Great British Bake Off fans accuse the show of ‘racism’ after judges award Laura a place in the final over twice-star baker Hermine – meaning all the show’s BAME contestants have been eliminated

  • Fans of the Channel 4 show were fuming last night as Hermine was booted off
  • Many felt decision to keep Laura was unjust after Hermine won star baker twice
  • Some angry viewers accused the show of being ‘racist’ on social media 

Bake Off viewers were left fuming last night as fan favourite Hermine was shown the door in the semi-final – with some accusing the show of ‘racism’ on social media.

Despite winning star baker two weeks in a row, Hermine’s disastrous performance in Pâtisserie Week lost the 39-year-old accountant from London a place in the grand final.

While agonising over whether to send Hermine or Laura Bedlow home, judge Paul Hollywood declared it ‘could go either way’.

Fans were shocked by their decision to put Laura through, after she came last in the technical challenge and encountered problems with her showstopper.

Despite winning star baker two weeks in a row, Hermine’s disastrous performance in Pâtisserie Week lost the 39-year-old accountant from London a place in the grand final

Bake Off viewers were left fuming last night as fan favourite Hermine was shown the door in the semi-final – with some accusing the show of ‘racism’ on social media

Dozens took to Twitter and branded it a ‘disgrace’ – with a number accusing the Channel 4 programme of being ‘racist’.

One tweeted: ‘Genuinely never thought I’d tweet this but even the Great British Bake Off is racist!!! There’s literally one reason behind why Hermine went home and Laura didn’t, I’ll give you one guess.’

‘They gave Laura five chances… but then kicked Hermine out?? #racist,’ wrote another, while one raged: ‘I’m calling Bake Off out for being racist. Laura has been consistently bad and you kick out Hermine when she has one bad week. WTF!’

And one asked: ‘Is #GBBO racist? Because the exits of Sura, Mak and now Hermine definitely makes it look quite racist.’  

Hermine was the fourth BAME contestant to be eliminated from the baking competition. 

She followed diagnostic radiographer Loriea Campbell-Clarey, from Durham, who left in week one, Makbul Patel, who was booted off the following week – despite contestant Rowan experiencing three disastrous bakes – and Sura Selvarajah, who left in week four.

Sura’s exit also sparked cries of ‘racism’ from fans, though others defended the judges’ choice on the basis that she produced a ‘raw’ cake for her showstopper.

Others pointed out that BAME contestants Nadiya Hussain and Rahul Mandal won the competition.

Hermine was expected to do quite well in Pâtisserie Week, with Prue Leith telling her: ‘This will be your day.’ 

Sura’s exit also sparked cries of ‘racism’ from fans, though others defended the judges’ choice on the basis that she produced a ‘raw’ cake for her showstopper


Sura’s exit followed diagnostic radiographer Loriea Campbell-Clarey (left), from Durham, who left in week one, and Makbul Patel, right, who was booted off the following week – despite fellow contestant Rowan experiencing three disastrous bakes

However, the judge later conceded that Hermine’s performance in the tent that week was ‘so disappointing’.  

The signature challenge saw the bakers asked to make 12 Savarins, which is a traditional French cake usually soaked in booze.

And while Peter Sawkins triumphed (despite not using any alcohol) and earned a handshake from Paul Hollywood, Hermine didn’t fare too well as she ran into some issues and had to start her bake again. 

The delay meant she was running behind and as a consequence, her cakes were under-cooked.

The technical challenge, this week set by judge Paul, didn’t go much better as the bakers were tasked with making a Danish cornucopia cake.

The technical challenge, this week set by judge Paul, to make a Danish cornucopia cake stumped the bakers, with Laura breaking down in tears

The bake proved to be a nightmare challenge for the contestants, with all four of them struggling, despite attempts of encouragement from hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding.

There appeared to be hope for Hermine however as she managed to secure second place, with Peter once again coming out on top.

But, the Benin-born baker came unstuck once more in the showstopper challenge, in which they had to create a cube cake consisting of 25 mini cube cakes.

Hermine (pictured) managed to secure second place in the technical, with Peter once again coming out on top

Hermine admitted that she had a last minute change of plans while practicing her creation, explaining that she had only wrote down the recipe she’d be using the night before.

And when it came to the tasting, the judges didn’t seem too impressed, with Paul describing it as ‘stodgy’ and likening it to a ‘rubber ball’.

Hermine was sent home while Peter was crowned star baker and will join Laura and David Friday in next week’s final.

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