Woman from Church Crookham is set for a semi-final showdown in the TV baking battle
It was an emotional night for Church Crookham mother Beca Lyne-Pirkis as she squeezed through a brutal all-female quarter final of the Great British Bake Off.
The 31-year-old wowed judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her gluten-free potato, spelt and rosemary focaccia in episode seven of the BBC Two series on Tuesday night (October 8).
But the competition got to her emotionally when she struggled to impress the panel in the technical and show-stopping challenges of the cooking contest.
She said: “When you pull all the stops out and you are then given unfavourable feedback, it is a bit of a shock.
“Losing Christine in the contest this week was horrible, she is fantastic.”
Mrs Lyne-Pirkis said the atmosphere in the baking tent was tense but never hostile and that the remaining contestants would support each other before and after their semi-final challenges.
This week’s third challenge was to bake a vegetable cake and Mrs Lyne-Pirkis put forward a spiced butternut squash and pecan ‘cheese’ cake made to look like a cheese board with lumps of cheese and fondant mice.
She said: “It was fun baking cakes again and decorating them nicely.
“We all walked around and looked at each others and there was a happy and cheerful atmosphere until the judges walked in and then it was hell.”
The mother of one, originally from Cardiff, is living in Hart as her army medic husband Matt is currently based in Aldershot.
She said her culinary influences came from spicy favours she picked up from when she went travelling in Thailand and Malaysia, asl well as childhood Welsh dishes and American and Italian recipes from friends and family.
Next week will see the final four contestants battle it out making French recipes including savoury canapes and a fiddly layered cake.
The Great British Bake Off returns next Tuesday (October 15) on BBC Two at 8pm.