Bake Off host admits they ‘definitely never tried all the cakes’: ‘It was a lot’

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Tonight’s Great British Bake Off will see the contestants tackle cakes and there will be plenty of treats to sample. While judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood always try each baker’s treats, host Matt Lucas has admitted it was a little too much for him and he gave up trying them all.

He confessed: “The first signature challenge is Battenberg cake and I did try a sample of each of the 12 Battenberg cakes…

“I wasn’t sick but I definitely never tried all the cakes after that.

“I enjoyed it, but it was a lot of sugar.”

This year’s series will be the first to be shot amidst the coronavirus pandemic and Matt was happy to reveal the secrets of filming.

“We did something I don’t think any other production had yet done,” he noted.

“The makers, Love Productions, hired a hotel and we had a skeleton staff working in the hotel of about 25 people.

“Everyone who was working on the show lived in this hotel and the tent was put up in the grounds.

“It was amazing. We did things in the evening. I hosted bingo one night, Prue did a flower arranging class and Paul Hollywood brought his pizza oven and made pizzas for everyone.”

Matt added: “It was like living on a holiday camp.”

But despite having fun during filming breaks, Matt revealed on Steph’s Packed Lunch last week that it often got emotional.

“I would get very invested in it,” he recalled.

“I would have to go to my room after a baker was sent home and have a word with myself for a couple of hours because I’d get really upset. It was emotional.”

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For the first time this year, viewers will get to see the bakers tackle two new themes.

“They’ve done Japanese week for the first time and 80s week for the first time,” the host revealed.

Ahead of tonight’s first show, bookmakers have already predicted who will be the biggest star to emerge from the competition.

Unfortunately for Linda, 61, a retirement living team leader, and Marc, 51, a bronze resin sculptor, they are favourites to be leave with the least amount of Instagram followers.

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Meanwhile, Paddy Power believe Makbul, 51, an accountant from Greater Manchester, will leave the most fans.

The bookies also think Bake Off could be cancelled in 2021 with odds of 3/1 it will end.

Great British Bake Off returns tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm.

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