The latest contestant to be eliminated from the Great British Bake Off has said that being voted off the BBC One show during bread week was very hard to take.

Warning: spoiler alert!

Twenty-year-old politics and economics student Michael Georgiou failed to impress the judges across three challenges.

Michael Georgiou

"I usually like making bread and I prefer that over cakes," he said. "It's my passion and that is why I was more upset at leaving in bread week than any other week.

"I have kind of got over it now, and I have since started getting into artisan breads and have been doing a lot of that since the show. I really enjoy it."

In the third episode of the new series, the ten remaining bakers had to create chocolate bread as their signature bake. 

But Georgiou's chilli chocolate and chia seed loaf was described by judge Paul Hollywood as a "pig's ear". Fellow judge Mary Berry felt the chilli had been overused.

The technical challenge lived up to its name for all the contestants with Georgiou one of a number who struggled to make German steamed bread dampfnudel and two accompanying sauces. 

He sought to save the week with his showstopper - a family-inspired recipe based on his Cypriot heritage that included olives, coriander and sun-dried tomato. It was accompanied by the Cypriot liquor Zivania, but the bold move didn't impress Berry and Hollywood. 

Berry said the bake was "not properly plaited", while Hollywood said the flavours were "diluted" due to the flour mix.

Despite his elimination, Georgiou has said he wants to go into baking after graduating.

"I am in my final year now and on leaving I want to go into the baking industry, although I would like to link it to writing, as I did journalism in my first year," he said.

This week's star baker on the show was Tom Gilliford who impressed with his chocolate orange and chilli swirl bread and a showstopper that featured a bread serpent and hammer of Thor.

Tom Gilliford

Next week is batter week on the show.

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