Does the GBBO Deaf Baker go home in Week 4? Tasha has had quite a run so far, but does has the Star Baker curse reared it’s ugly head? Spoilers ahead! On your marks, get set.. BAKE!
Warning: this article contains spoilers from the most recent season of the Great British Bake Off – Collection 11, Episode 4. If you do not want to know what happens in this episode, please leave the tent now!!!!
GBBO.. Tasha.. Deaf Baker.. Gone Home?!?!?
I can’t remember what I was looking for, but from a random Google search last week I got wind that Tasha, our beloved Deaf baker on GBBO has GONE HOME!!
The Great British Bakeoff (GBBO) airs on Tuesdays in the UK and eons later on Fridays in the US (as the Great British Baking SHOW, thanks to Pillsbury’s trademark). Since I am in the US, this means I have to steel myself not to look at anything on the internet remotely related to GBBO for two days so I don’t happen upon a spoiler. This sounds easy enough, except it’s not really.
I’d love to tell you that I toughed it out and waited until Friday to watch for myself, but I didn’t. Turns out, I don’t like surprises. Especially bad surprises. So, I knew ahead of time. She does. She did.
BUT, it’s not as bad as we think.
Week 4: Chocolate Week
Riding high after two back to back Star Baker wins in weeks 2 and 3, Tasha (and everyone else) knows it’s back to a clean slate and for the remaining bakers, GBBO is anyone’s game.
Week 4 is Chocolate Week. Chocolate Week is always ridiculous and dramatic because:
- It’s held in hot weather.
- Chocolate melts in the heat.
- Someone is wearing a sweater.
How in the world they manage this scheduling, is beyond me. But sweater-dude doesn’t get the memo? I don’t know that much about UK seasons, but it was chilly just a couple weeks ago in ep 1. Now the interpreter is in shorts. I give up.
Let the melting (and frustrations) commence.
Tasha’s signature bake of a ginger, almond and dark chocolate torte had some good marks from Prue who said the ginger was “lovely and strong” but the cake’s texture was too pudding-like. Paul tacked on his two cents deeming it too boozy because the Amaretto “drowned it”.
Not a great start. Seems like she’ll have to smash the technical and showstoppers.
An Interrupted Technical
Perhaps twice-in-a-row Star Bakers have their own curse.
Whist working on the individual cheesecake Technical, Tasha falls ill.
Dizzy with the heat, she’s advised to come outside with the medic. She’s sitting up but obviously unwell and needs to skedaddle.
GBBO Deaf Baker Goes Home
So Tasha is sent home in the middle of the technical to recover. Comments are made by the judges that she’d return next week.
The thing that caught my eye prior to seeing this episode myself was snarky sort of internet comments that she hadn’t done well in the signature, so she “was sick” in the tech and that it was not fair that she was allowed to leave without penalty. EYE ROLL. People, please.
Perhaps they forget seasons past when bakers, hosts, judges even were missing from all or part of an ep for being “under the weather”. The difference might’ve been that Tasha left ill in the middle of a challenge. Regardless, adjustments were made and all was well.
No one leaves in Week 4
To cope with Tasha’s absence, the judges decided that NO ONE would actually be sent home/kicked off this week. YAY!
But next week, TWO bakers will be leaving the competition.
And despite seemingly favoriting Tasha due to her understanding of bread last week, Paul re-establishes himself as a fact-driven, steely-eyed judge. “Tasha had not done well in her signature, so it wasn’t fair to send someone home this week.”
Ominous, that one.
Final thoughts on GBBO’s Deaf Baker Going Home in Week 4
If this week has shown us anything, there’s no clear top dog in this group because each week is totally different. GBBO is anyone’s game at this point.
Each baker that’s been near the top has had some wild dips to the bottom. So which two will exit as well as who rises to the top is anyone’s guess.
You’ve got your work cut out for ya in Week 5, Tash. Get better, girl!
The Great British Baking Show airs new episodes on Netflix on Fridays in the US.