Why French Bake-Off show takes the biscuit

Rachel’s field of tulip-shaped meringues on wires

In early December Le Meilleur Patissier, the French equivalent of The Great British Bake-off, drew to a close

Over the course of six two-and-a-half-hour episodes, nine contestants had been whittled down to three by Michelin-starred chef Cyril Lignac and food blogger Mercotte in the standard Bake-off manner.

And, so we came to the final, with just three rounds separating textile designer Rachel, bus driver Gabriella and musician Jonathan from the title, the slightly naff trophy, the book deal and a very different future.

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