The Great British Baking Show Pastry Week 2022 recap


Did anyone else have any deja vu watching this week’s episode of The great British pastry fair? We did it. Something feels a bit… 2021.

Spoilers ahead for the semi-finals of The great British pastry fair.

Let’s set the scene. We have a baker, whose name starts with “J”, and he wins Star Baker twice in the first weeks of the show. His chances of winning are high and he attracts a large number of fans online for his fantastic pastries. We all fall in love with him. It’s like Paddington Bear-levels of sweetness! It’s especially nice to know that someone you love will end up in the final.

And then, the week before the final, suddenly, he is eliminated. Say What?

Yes, we are talking about 2021 contender Jürgen and, now, this season’s newly eliminated Janusz. Janusz has fallen a bit in recent weeks – unlike Jürgen, who won Star Baker for the third time two weeks before being sent home – but most of us expected the Polish baker beloved to less make it to the final round, if not win the whole thing. Alas, after the haunted crisis of missing spring rolls, something had cursed the poor baker.

Janusz couldn’t match the firings of his stellar competitors after a lackluster technical performance and a disappointment from a showstopper. Although Janusz’s strengths have been desserts in the past, especially cakes, he failed to rise to the task for Pastry Week. Syabira and Sandro, who have both won Star Baker over the past few weeks, unsurprisingly made it to the final round. Abdul eventually won his first Star Baker title, earning his place in the final against Janusz.

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But the sting of losing Janusz the way fans lost Jürgen was hard to ignore.

“Justice for my Stolen European Kings”, a twitter user shouted. More fans of The great British pastry fair jumped on the Janusz farewell bandwagon, embracing their favorite baker in his final days on the show.

Janusz then shared a sweet parting letter with the show, as well as a goodbye tweet to all of her fans. In the tweet, the sweet Janusz revealed that there was a secret message behind his clothes on the show: he wore every Pride Flag color he could fit into his time. GBBS.

“I DID IT! Being chubby, gay and the first national Polish contestant on GBBO, I knew I had a lot to represent going into the tent,” Janusz wrote. “I wanted to do it by being myself , but I also gave myself a little challenge to wear a pride flag color every week and hopefully I can tick them all off!”

Janusz will descend into the GBBS Hall of Fame, not only for its fantastic pastries (and frequent drip cakes), but also for its gorgeous shirts. He ended his letter in the most daring and Janusz way possible: “Janusz has left the tent.”

Ahead of the finale, however, there are still three equally adorable contestants. Sandro, Syabira and Abdul have all proven to be fantastic bakers and charming personalities over the past few weeks, but who will win? Whatever happens, they will surely have their old friend Janusz to cheer them on in their final moments. The great British pastry fair.


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