Bake Off: The Professionals episode 10 2021: Liam Charles and Tom Allen present the grand final, which sees the remaining three teams pour all of their patisserie passion, prowess and precision into their last two challenges. For the first, they must produce hats made entirely of chocolate, and modelled by the teams themselves. But that’s not all. Alongside the headwear, they have to make 24 filled chocolates and 24 confections – all in just four hours. The final seven-hour challenge sees them create a banquet to feed 60 people. Who will walk away with this year’s title?
A flamboyant chocolate hat that can be worn and confectionery that looks like jewellery: well, of course that’s what the three teams are making for the final. For once, none of the edible millinery creations collapses halfway down the catwalk and there are no structural disasters with their decadent banquet for an awards ceremony either. Even so Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin don’t sugar coat their critiques. “Boring,” says Benoit dismissively. “It’s a bit difficult to eat,” sighs Cherish.
The final’s so pressured the patissiers are sprinting round the kitchen like Usain Bolt and unusually there’s a few bleeped swear words, yet a couple of them still find time to muck about good humouredly with Tom Allen and Liam Charles.
This year’s competitors have been the sweetest bunch yet – funny, talented but not too earnest and with just the right amount of passion. They’re evenly matched so this is no cakewalk. Liam Charles and Tom Allen host the toughest Bake Off on TV, as teams of pastry chefs from top hotels, restaurants and small businesses compete to be crowned best patisserie team in Britain.
Bake Off: The Professionals episode 10 2021
Bake Off: The Professionals (previously Bake Off: Crème de la Crème from 2016–2017) is a British television baking competition featuring teams of professional pastry chefs pit against one another through two different challenges. It is a spin-off from The Great British Bake Off, and its first episode was screened on BBC Two on 29 March 2016. The eight-episode first series of the programme was presented by Tom Kerridge, with Benoit Blin, Cherish Finden and Claire Clark serving as judges.
The second series was presented by Angus Deayton, but Claire Clark did not return as a judge. The third series moved to Channel 4 to join The Great British Bake Off after the BBC declined to renew the series. The Channel 4 series has been renamed Bake Off: The Professionals, and is presented by comedian Tom Allen and former contestant on the main series, Liam Charles.
The first series was won by the Squires Kitchen Cookery School team led by Mark Tilling, followed by a team of military chefs led by Liam Grime, a team from London Hilton Park Lane with Emmanuel Bonneau, Thibault Marchand and Erica Sangiorgi from Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel, and Laurian Veaudor and Thibault Courtoisier from Cocorico Patisserie.
The series is a competition between teams of professional pastry chefs from high-end hotels and restaurants, as well as supermarkets, armed forces and other companies and organisations. The competition aims to find the finest pastry chefs in the country, who can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and can create desserts that have “stunning visual impact, phenomenal flavour, and texture”.