Luis rises to fi­nal Bake Off chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

BAKEOFF 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.

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