Bake Off viewers were celebrating tonight as they watched Thibault and Erica take the baking crown.
The pair impressed the judges with their ‘scrumptious’ afternoon tea and ‘decadent wedding feast, pipping Nelson and Evaldas and Sarah and Leyre to the post.
Fans praised the amazing craftwork of all three teams on Bake Off: The Professionals while they also expressed their joy at seeing Thibault and Erica emerge as champions.
Winners: Bake Off viewers were celebrating tonight as they watched Thibault and Erica take the baking crown
One wrote:’Truly well deserved. Tibault & Erica have been the most consistent and brilliant throughout.’
Another said: ‘Everyone should be immensely proud of themselves. It has been an absolute joy to watch and a very well-deserved win for Thibault and Erica. I am elated for them.’
The three teams in the final were challenged by judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden on two highly pressured days.
Their first challenge saw them take on a ‘scrumptious’ afternoon tea to serve at least six people, but it’s not a simple task.
Victory: The pair impressed the judges with their ‘scrumptious’ afternoon tea and ‘decadent wedding feast, pipping Nelson and Evaldas and Sarah and Leyre to the post
The judges said it needed to be ‘elegant’, ‘highly decorated’ and of a ‘style befitting for an occasion such as this.’
The three teams had four hours to complete ‘the trinity’ of afternoon tea bakes – including savoury delicacies, perfect scones and delicate pastries.
And Thibault and Erica, Nelson and Evaldas and Sarah and Leyra were all determined to complete the challenge in the allotted four hours.
Cherish deemed them some of the greatest bakers the programme has ever seen, telling her fellow judge:’I think we have the best three teams ever.’
Competition: The three teams had four hours to complete ‘the trinity’ of afternoon tea bakes – including savoury delicacies, perfect scones and delicate pastries
Each of the terms set to work on the afternoon tea, with all three choosing to add complex elements to make the bakes even tougher.
Nelson and Evaldas decide to bake their own bread for the savoury element, which they’ll topped with avocado mouse and cured samon.
Meanwhile, Thibault and Erica will create a savoury bake with quail eggs in the middle, placed on a truffle and mahsed potato foam.
Challenge: And Thibault and Erica, Nelson and Evaldas and Sarah and Leyra were all determined to complete the challenge in the allotted four hours
The team said they’re praying the quail yolk will be runny on the inside.
Sarah and Leyre were also keen to take a risk in the final, inventing a ‘brown crab choux bun’, playing on the traditional dessert.
Despite it not being a requirement, all of the teams take on the challenge of baking two different types of scones.
But the savoury delicacies quickly descend into chaos. Erica’s quail eggs are too soft. And it’s unclear if Sarah and Leyre’s choux pastry will bake all the way through.
Tough: Each of the terms set to work on the afternoon tea, with all three choosing to add complex elements to make the bakes even tougher
Ultimately, the judges were highly critical of everyone’s bakes, but praise specific elements.
They sang the praises of Erica and Thibault, calling their display one of the best they’ve ever seen.
Cherish exalted: ‘I can’t tell you how delcious this it.’
Meanwhile the homemade bread of Nelson and Evaldas seemed to impress them – but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough for them to catch up to the frontrunners.
Thibualt and Erica’s creations were particularly praised, with judge Benoit praising one as one of the best desserts they had ever seen in the competition
Later, as the judges debrief, they explain that the men will ‘need to do something incredible to get back.’
And while they consider Sarah and Leyre a strong team, they point to Thibault and Erica, saying ‘it’s for them to lose’.
The final challenges sees the bakers take on a wedding feast, with a cake at the centre and a further two desserts presented ‘delicately and elegantly.’
Reaction: Sarah and Leyre appeared disappointed after receiving their critiques from the judges
The professional bakers are asked to use every skill they have to ‘blow the judges away’, incorporating multiple complex elements into their final feast.
Desperate to stay in it, Sarah and Leyre build a ‘spring secret garden’ wedding feast.
Their decadent wedding cake will comprise of six stacked almond, cherry blossom and cherry entremet.
Display: The contestants all put together impressive displays for the final of the competition
But it didn’t go to plan, and a falling tray within the fridge destroys one of their wedding desserts.
Under the pressure of the seven hour time limit, they’re forced to start again.
Meanwhile, Erica and Thibault made a much more traditional feast, including meringe bases and chocolate cremes to represent the bride and groom.
For Erica’s first ever wedding cake, they made a triple tiered victoria sponge cake, decorated with scores of handcrafted sugar rose petals.
And taking inspiration from nature, Nelson and Evaldas call marriage ‘a mountain’ and looked to Mount Blanc dessert for inspiration.
They built a huge mountain cake, with a cut out tunnel, chocolate bridge and tiny truffle train running through the centre.
Impressed: Cherish deemed them some of the greatest bakers the programme has ever seen, telling her fellow judge:’I think we have the best three teams ever’
They aspire to build a woodland scene, with a liquid lake, pear mousse ‘pebbles’, pine nut mousse trees.
Cherish was impressed by their creativity, saying: ‘I have a very good feeling about them today. You can see they are fighting back.’
Each of the three teams is pushed to the limit as they dash around the kitchen, desperate to finish every element of their wedding dessert on time.
With the final coming to an end, the judges have little time for emotion,and don’t hold back on their critiques.
Reaction: Viewers took to social media in droves to congratulate Thibault and Erica after their win
Nelson and Evaldas cake was deemed ‘more Ben Nevis than Mont Blanc’ in size, but the judges said they were impressed by the chocolate tunnel, trees and pebbles.
And while Sarah and Lyre’s spring wedding feast ‘draws them in’, Cherish and Benoit can’t help but notice it is unfinished at the back.
Meanwhile frontrunners Erica and Thibault are slammed over their ‘bare’ minimalist cake, which features barely any decoration.
And the judges weren’t impressed by the taste either, suggesting the cake is ‘claggy’ and ‘dense.’
Criticism: Nelson and Evaldas cake was deemed ‘more Ben Nevis than Mont Blanc’ in size, but the judges said they were impressed by the chocolate tunnel, trees and pebbles
However their miniature desserts stole the show, with Benoit calling them ‘one of the best desserts we’ve ever seen in this competition’.
And it wasn’t long before Thibault and Erica were crowned the winners of the competition.
Thibault said: ‘It was an incredible moment, we were so proud of what we had achieved as a team, and I still can’t believe that we won this competition.
‘This was the hardest competition we have been in, so it was made all the more special when we did win.
‘Erica and I complement each other, because every time I am stressing she keeps me calm and focused on what we do.’
He added: ‘And when she is not so confident about what she is doing I encourage her. We are friends outside of work as well, and when there is a good relationship that helps in the patisserie shorthand.
‘We always wanted to push ourselves and be the best from week one.
‘After we won all the other teams congratulated us, so although we were all competitors we became good friends throughout the competition. It was an amazing experience.”
Thibault said: ‘It was an incredible moment, we were so proud of what we had achieved as a team, and I still can’t believe that we won this competition