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Bake Off 2021: Another feat for finance?


A fresh batch of bakers introduced another finance professional to this year’s Great British Bake Off. Will the profession take the cake once again?

23rd Sep 2021
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Bake Off is back, this time with a fresh face in finance vying for the crown.

Last year saw the return of everyone’s favourite culinary competition, serving as a much-needed palate cleanser after a treadmill year of bitter pills to swallow. 

Three number-crunching contestants fought in the 2020 ranks - Hermine, AccountingWEB’s favourite management accountant contributor Makbul Patel, and the finance student who won the gold for the profession, Peter Sawkins.

This week another round of bakers were introduced to the iconic countryside tent, encased in their Covid-safe bubble for the competition in order to align with government safety guidelines.

Each week presents a different baking theme, with every episode spanning three tasks for judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood to sample: a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a showstopper.

The opening week was, as ever, all about cakes; mini rolls, malt loaves, and gravity-defying finales spilled over the screens of the nation as the contestants fought for their place in next week’s biscuit bake-off.

Fighting for finance

For the second year in a row, there could be a potential winner amongst the profession. 

For Head of Finance Jairzeno, “baking is like breathing”. After starting baking in 2014, he become obsessed with unique flavour combinations (guava and chocolate being a firm favourite), with Caribbean spices inspired by his Trinidadian roots. 

His first few bakes wowed the judges this week, with Prue saying that one tiny passion fruit roll was “worth the calories” - that's Prue-speak for very well done - almost up to a 'Hollywood Handshake'. 

Jairzeno moved to the UK 15 years ago, and now lives in London. He has completed multiple half marathons across Europe, and ran the London Marathon in 2012. 

When he’s not cooking up a storm or running long distances, he can be found looking for shapes in nature with his partner to inspire his next sweet culinary feat.

Fingers crossed for the Head of Finance - he’s got our vote!

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