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Sticky end as Bake Off architect crashes out of competition

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Architect Tom Hetherington’s run as a contestant on Great British Bake Off came to an end last night after his caramel ‘hummingbird’ cake proved a disaster

Edinburgh-based Hetherington, who works for Richard Murphy Architects, seemed to have been steadily improving in the previous three weeks of the Channel 4 TV series, which is watched by around 9 million people each week.

But week four’s caramel theme proved his undoing. Hetherington failed to complete his millionaire shortbread within the allotted time; created a Dutch stroopwafel criticised for its ‘grainy’ caramel filling; and hit a personal low with his ‘showstopper’ cake.

In a round that produced a number of impressive creations, judge Prue Leith described Hetherington’s effort as ‘gooey, underbaked and with no crumb’.

Hetherington accepted that he had had an awful week, tweeting: ‘I came unstuck in #CaramelWeek So sorry to leave the tent, but honoured to have been a part of it all.’

And he said he had no plans to leave architecture. Speaking to the Radio Times he said: ‘I didn’t really want to be on television, I was looking for the challenge aspect of it more than appearing on screen …

‘At the end of the day I love being an architect and I have always enjoyed my job so I don’t have any immediate career changes in mind.

‘I will start teaching architecture soon at one of my former Scottish Universities, one day a week teaching second-year students. It’s something I have always wanted to do. It keeps your mind ticking on current architecture, and I think I will get as much out of it as I hope the students will.’

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  • Do we all think that lesson one for the 2nd years will be 'The importance of meeting deadlines'?

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