Luis rises to final Bake Off challenge
BAKEOFF contestant Luis Troyano has proven he has what it takes to be a star baker and risen to the top.
Luis, right, from Poynton, has repeatedly wowed judges with his innovative and visually stunning bakes, beating off competition from 11 other amateur bakers to reach the final of BBC’s Great British Bake Off.
And tonight (Wednesday, October 8), the public will finally find out whether he takes home this year’s crown.
But while the rest of us are watching with baited breath, graphic designer Luis, who lives in Poynton with his wife Louise, will be heaving a sigh of relief, as he will finally be able to talk about the outcome of the competition.
The 43-year-old has managed to remain tightlipped for more than three months since the final was filmed in June.
He said: “Since about week six or seven, when people get to know the bakers, I kept being asked who won.
“The further you get, the more people ask you, and they try and trick you into saying something.
“But you get used to it and we are all so tightly briefed not to say anything.”
Luis is up against Richard Burr – who has been star baker five times – and Nancy Birtwhistle in the season finale.
Luis, who will be watching the final at home with his family tonight, says his best moment so far was week five – bread week – when he was named star baker.
He said: “I am completely self-taught. My baking addiction began about five years ago with some simple recipes that didn’t come out great.
“With time and practice my baking got better and better. I read and research as much as I can and learn from others’ experiences. The challenge of trying a new recipe or inventing something myself is something I relish.”
The Bake Off schedule has been demanding since week one, with the contestants arriving in Berkshire on a Friday night and not leaving until late on Sunday.
The bakers spend all weekend in the tent, waking up at 5.30am on Saturday and Sunday and sometimes not leaving until after 8pm.
Luis added: “The reason I applied for The Great British Bake Off was that I wanted to improve my baking skills, learn and go on an amazing journey that would help me achieve that.
“It has been a fantastic life experience and I would recommend that anyone who is thinking about doing it to go for it.”
The final is at 8pm on BBC1 tonight.