THE NEW #BAKE OFF – CREME-DE-LA-CREME…

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This new BBC 2 series starts tonight at 8pm. In episode one Tom Kerridge welcomes three teams of pastry chefs to the first heat of this contest. They are challenged to make more than 100 perfect miniature pastries in three hours for judges Benoit Blin, Cherish Finden and Claire Clark to inspect and taste. Contestants must then reinvent the apple crumble as a showpiece dessert, complete with a towering edible sculpture.

The three judges – all famous patissiers even if they’re not household names – are fierce. Presented with tray upon tray of exquisite and innovative miniature patisseries in the first round, Benoit Blin, Cherish Finden and Claire Clark nitpick over the tiniest detail. But as host Tom Kerridge tells us, precision is everything in the pastry world, which explains why digital spirit levels and an instrument like a multi-wheeled pizza cutter are among the utensils on their worktops.

Can’t wait to see how this one goes tonight….