• Tuesday, November 28, 2023


‘The Great British Bake Off’: Saku Chandrasekara survives elimination

By: Mohnish Singh

The Great British Bake Off participant Saku Chandrasekara is safe. The 50-year-old intelligence analyst, who works for Herefordshire Council, was in danger of leaving the show after struggling during chocolate week.

She survived as judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decided that no one would face elimination this week because fellow contestant Tasha fell ill midway through the episode and needed medical attention.

The hit Channel 4 show, which is usually shown at 8 pm on a Tuesday night, was instead aired on Wednesday to accommodate the England versus Italy football match.

That is because Channel 4 holds the broadcasting rights for the Three Lions’ European qualifiers.

Last week, Mrs Chandrasekara won the technical challenge in bread week as she impressed Judge Paul Hollywood with her Devonshire split bun with jam and cream inside.

“The bun itself was excellent, you’ve got a nice tension in there and the flavour in the mouth was good,” he said.

“I think you did really well.”

Mrs Chandrasekara was born in Sri Lanka and places the traditional flavours of her heritage at the heart of her baking. This includes the curry spices, which she claims make for the best pie fillings, while liberal sprinklings of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg find their way into her sweeter bakes.

At her family home in the South Asian country, Mrs Chandrasekara didn’t have an oven until she was 18, so she turned to baking only when she moved with her husband to the UK in 2003.

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