It was an emotional episode of Bake Off: The Professionals for Michael and Rebekah last night but the two Welsh pastry chefs have made it through to next week with the daunting task of a secret recipe challenge.
Michael Coggan from Bargoed and Rebekah Clash from Tonypandy are both experienced pastry chefs from the five star St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay so they know what they’re doing when it comes to cooking amazing desserts. So far they have battled 6 other teams making miniature classics, black forest gateau and an afternoon tea themed croquembouche.
Week one they stormed the competition getting high praise from the judges, but last night the competition heated up and most of the competitors struggled with tiramisu and sugar work and failed to impress the demanding judges, Benoit and Cherish.
“I am very strict at work, I have to be because we are always aiming for the best. I am very competitive and I am still striving to search for perfection. There is no short cut, using the right technique and method is crucial, that’s always my culinary goal. Out of work I am actually quite good fun and I like to relax with friends with a glass of wine and a lovely meal”, says Cherish.
But the Welsh pair are still in and hoping for baking glory in Chocolate Week. The teams will face a secret recipe challenge and a showpiece based on a masked ball that requires two types of chocolates and a moving part, so it’s going to be a tough one for the St David’s Hotel team but Michael and Rebekah are ready to rise to the challenge.