Great British Bake Off fans were left devastated after the latest episode, witnessing the departure of beloved contestant Saku. The 50-year-old intelligence analyst from Hertfordshire bid farewell to the iconic tent following a challenging dessert week, which resulted in all bakers failing the technical challenge for the first time in the series.
The bakers were tasked with crafting creme caramels in the signature bake, followed by an attempt at six orange and ginger treacle puddings in the technical challenge. Unfortunately, raw bakes dominated the tent, prompting judge Paul Hollywood to express his disgust and leave the scene.
Attempting to uplift the mood, Alison Hammond tried to console the bakers by pointing out that they were all roughly at the same level. However, it was ultimately Saku who faced elimination after her bee hive chocolate bombe showstopper failed to impress judges Paul and Prue. In contrast, it was Dan who secured the coveted star baker title.
As Saku bid her farewell to the tent, she expressed her pride in herself while acknowledging her will to miss the camaraderie among the other bakers: "I'm so proud of myself. I don't miss baking, but I will miss them. It's really sad to leave them. It's a privilege to be a part of this lovely family."
Co-host Alison Hammond declared, "We're going to miss you!" while embracing Saku. In her exit letter, Saku reflected on her time in the competition and described it as a wonderful yet terrifying experience.
Viewers were left heartbroken by Saku's departure, with many expressing their grief and declaring her as their queen. Fans took to social media to share their sentiments, with one user even claiming they would be in mourning. Another stated, "I knew this day would come but I wasn't ready to see Saku go." The loss of the "Bake Off 2023 Queen" has left some fans unwilling to be contacted for the next month as they mourn her departure.
Saku's elimination marks a significant moment in the competition, leaving viewers eagerly anticipating the upcoming episodes to see who will rise to the top among the remaining bakers.