He threw down the gauntlet in the first week, when making a BLT sandwich out of cake that would have fooled most customers in a café.
And Steven Carter-Bailey proved last night that his opening triumph on The Great British Bake Off was far from a fluke, as he created a meticulous biscuit chess board which looked good enough to play.
The 34-year-old’s creativity and precision – which saw him top each chess piece with a miniature cake – once again set him apart, making him star baker for the second week in a row.
He threw down the gauntlet in the first week, when making a BLT sandwich out of cake that would have fooled most customers in a café
Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith appeared dumbfounded by his competency for this stage in the competition, describing his bakes as ‘perfect’ and ‘exquisite’.
Responding to being crowned star baker again, Carter-Bailey said: ‘I don’t think I will ever get used to this feeling, it’s alien to me. I have bullied myself so much in my life that finally I am getting praise, I don’t know what to do with it.’
Although there is no suggestion that the marketing manager from Hertfordshire is anything but a talented home baker, his early performances have led some to question his amateur status.
Some followers on his social media accounts, which are full of photos of other impressive bakes he has made, have gone as far as calling him a secret professional.
Following the first performance, thousands of fans predicted he would win the series, while one said: ‘Everybody else may as well go home.’
Another wrote: ‘Not sure where they got Steven from, he’s got to be a professional, surely?! #GBBO’
Steven Carter-Bailey proved last night that his opening triumph on The Great British Bake