The Great British Bake Off is back and is starring our very own Lizzie Acker, who works in the Paint Shop!
Every week, we will be asking Lizzie’s teammates and colleagues from across Halewood to give us the “Lizzie low down” on her performance from the previous week’s show, in a new column called ‘Bake Off Banter’. First in the hot seat is Hannah Twigg, product coach coach in Paint, who is good friends with Lizzie.
Hannah said: “Week one was a baking belter and saw Lizzie and the other contestants tackle mini- rolls, a nostalgic teatime classic and cakes which defied the law of gravity!
“Lizzie didn’t have the easiest start to the first round- the Signature Challenge- as she was running behind with her timings but produced a very creative zoo inspired mini-roll, which she said was modelled on a giraffe, and I could see where she was coming from with the patterns!
“It sounded like it would taste lovely, she just needed a little more time, but we all know the first bake was always going to be the hardest one!
“Next up was the Technical Challenge, where the bakers had to create a malt loaf. I’ve never tasted maltloaf myself but Lizzie did a cracking job and I was delighted that she came in the top five!
“Finally, was the Show Stopper round and this was where you could see Lizzie starting to come into her own! She had to bake a vertically sculpted cake which appeared to defy gravity and represented a precious memory. Lizzie made a cake jug which descended from the air and appeared to pour cream over the top of her Nan’s famous peaches and cream cake.
“I thought it was a good effort although Paul Hollywood did say she needed to work on her decorative work. Prue complemented Lizzie and said she could happily eat a bowl of it- so all in all it was a solid first week!
Lizzie has now made it through to the second show- biscuit week- which starts at 8pm tomorrow on Channel 4.
Asking what we can expect from Lizzie, Hannah said: “Lizzie is funny and quirky, and everyone will love her.
“She will do really well as she is a great baker, and you will see her personality come out more as her confidence grows in the show.
She added: “Lizzie has a unique sense of style and was modelling a pair of bunny ear shoes during the first show, so I can’t wait to see all her outfits- she is going to rival Noel Fielding’s wardrobe for sure!”