Bake Off Crème de la Crème continued in its usual spectacular fashion tonight (April 18), and it was bad news for anyone suffering with chocolate fatigue following Easter weekend.
This evening, three teams battled it out for two places in the semi-final, while judges Cherish Finden and Benoit Blit dished out some of the most difficult challenges, well, ever.
The professionals were asked to prepare a whopping 144 individual delights in the miniature challenge: 72 bi-colour Viennoiserie (croissants, basically) and 72 cup petit fours. No biggie.
But before we move on to the incredible "under the sea"-themed showpiece challenge – and yet more of Cherish's stringent standards – there's the matter of revealing who left the competition.
Falling at the penultimate hurdle tonight was Fabrice's team, while it was Liam's team who ended Paula's reign in first place as they came out top, scoring 60 points out of 100.
And 60 is a seriously impressive score, especially when you consider how strict Cherish in particular was feeling tonight. (And that's without her ruler – and weighing scales.)
Cherish Finden. The Bond villain of culinary judging. #GBBOCreme- Andrew Stevenson (@the_a_stevenson) April 18, 2017
If you say Cherish Finden three times in your kitchen, she will appear with her ruler #GBBOCreme- Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) April 18, 2017
"Cherish is allowed to like it thinner."- Andrew Stevenson (@the_a_stevenson) April 18, 2017
Because if you don't allow her, she will atomise you.#GBBOCreme
As part of the teams' final challenge, the professional chefs were asked to create an under the sea-themed centrepiece made entirely out of chocolate.
Oh, and the judges wanted 108 chocolate bon bons along for the ride, too.
Despite delivering chocolate anchors, lobsters and a chocolate mermaid bust, judge Cherish was more caught up with a squid and its inexcusable lack of suckers...
More suckers on the squid wtf!! She's never satisfied 😂 #GBBOCreme- Nikki BK (@nikki3006BK) April 18, 2017
"More suckers on the squid.." is the main criticism 😆 #GBBOCreme- Katherine Garner (@mustardseedcook) April 18, 2017
Oh fuck off Cherish!!! You want more suckers on the squid ....... Jesus wept!!! #GBBOCreme- 🌹Belle 🌹 (@BellaAmberton) April 18, 2017
Frankly, marking down the squid for not having suckers is a bit mean-spirited. #GBBOCreme- Helen Walmsley-J (@TheVintageYear) April 18, 2017
Thankfully, viewers soon got over #squidgate and instead took to Twitter to marvel at the professionals' truly stunning handiwork.
Spoiler: these creations are going to make that expensive chocolate egg you bought your mum from Thornton's look pretty damn lame in comparison.
Those chocolate "Under the Sea" sculptures are so amazing. I'm lost for words 👌🏼 #GBBOCreme- Laura Mc Namee (@LoMcNamee) April 18, 2017
All 3 show pieces look amazing. So much creativity *applauds* #GBBOCreme- Bunty Jones (@Chellebab) April 18, 2017
This is some Wonka-level creation, right here. Stunning. #GBBOCreme- ❄ chiller ★ ❄ 🇪🇺 (@chiller) April 18, 2017
how do these people on #GBBOCreme make like 400 little eclairs with all that fine detail in an hour.. I can't even cook pasta- Sarah (@SarahGuy1988) April 18, 2017
Bake Off Crème de la Crème continues next week on BBC Two.
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