Hoards of viewers tweeted that the beloved baker, 27, had been ‘robbed’ of the prize, which instead went to bookies’ favourite, research scientist Rahul, 30 on Tuesday night.
Kim-Joy, a mental health specialist, won first place in the technical round and was praised in the signature bake challenge but ultimately struggled with her showstopper bake, which Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith dubbed a ‘missed opportunity’.
Viewers were devastated that she didn’t win, with one tweeting: ‘She was the real winner!’
Another posted: ‘What even just happened with GBBO? How on Earth is Rahul the most “consistent and ambitious” baker? Consistently messed it up and Kim-Joy was far better overall. Robbed.’
Kim-Joy, 27, didn’t win Great British Bake Off 2018, despite performing well in the signature round and winning the technical. Her showstopper (pictured) was described as a ‘missed opportunity’ by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith
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The final of The Great British Bake Off was tense, wasn’t it?
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‘Kim-Joy was the real winner by a bakers dozen,’ a third said.
One fan wrote: ‘What just happened?? Rahul has been rubbish for the last three weeks and had a ‘mare this week! Kim Joy’s blood and sweat were in this weeks bakes!’
‘I WAS PRAYING FOR KIM-JOY SHE WAS ROBBED,’ another tweeted.
For their signature challenge the three finalists were tasked with making donuts with filling, and Kim Joy decided to make hers with amaretto and almond, which were decorated with bees made of icing and sugar glass flowers.
Prue and Paul criticised the donuts for not being ‘uniform’ but praised the taste of them.
During the technical round the finalists were sent outside to bake pitta breads and three varieties of fire-roasted dip on open fires.
Bake Off viewers took to Twitter to say they were devastated that she didn’t win (pictured), with one saying: ‘She was the real winner!’
They all struggled during this round as they were unclear about how to bake the breads and cook the dips; struggling to judge the temperature of the fire and finding the right consistency of the dip.
Rahul said his bread was a ‘disgrace’, Paul said it was more of a ‘flat bread’ than a pita.
Kim-Joy won first place in the technical, with Prue saying her breadwas ‘very good’. Rahul got second and Ruby came third.
For their showstopper round, the bakers were instructed to make a landscape dessert with a perfect structure that tasted deliciously.
Kim-Joy made a structure of The Lost City of Atlantis out of nutmeg, and decorated it with props made of orange buttercream and salted caramel.
Rahul was crowned the winner of the series after wowing the judges with his ‘absolutely delicious’ showstopper. Pictured left to right: Paul, Rahul and Prue
In the technical round the bakers had to bake a pitta bread outside on an open fire (pictured), which all three of them found challenging
It didn’t go well, as Prue and Paul said that while it was well-baked flavours didn’t go together.
Paul said: ‘I think youre missing a trick, I think you could have done something miore with this. It just falls a little bit flat.’
Rahul made an edible rock garden which he said represented his coming to the UK. He was given an extra 15 minutes of time after one of his storage jars smashed because of the intense summer heat in the tent.
His bake may have been what swung it for the judges, as they said it was ‘original’, ‘melts in the mouth’ and ‘absolutely delicious’.
Despite the controversy, Kim-Joy was clearly thrilled for Rahul, saying: ‘I am so so pleased for Rahul, but I’ll just tell people I was in the final, it speaks for itself.’
Kim-Joy’s pitta bread (pictured) and three homemade dips won the technical round, with Prue telling her it was ‘very good’
Prue and Paul criticised her donuts (pictured) during the signature round for not being ‘uniform’ but praised the taste of them
Rahul was given an extra 15 minutes of time after one of his storage jars smashed. Pictured: Rahul with Sandi Toksvig and Paul after his win was announced
The public favourite Kim-Joy was awarded Star Baker during the series’ first ever Spice Week for her mini gingerbread house and festive chandelier, as well as during Vegan Week.
She was born in Belgium to an English father and Malaysian-Chinese mother, grew up in London and now lives in Leeds, and previously revealed her mixed-heritage background is reflected in her open attitude to all styles of baking.
She said: ‘None of my family really bake, it’s just me that bakes. My friends have always wanted me to apply, but I didn’t feel confident enough to apply until this year. I went into the tent mostly for myself to see if I could do it!’
During the semi-finals, Kim-Joy was left in tears over chocolate mousse, declaring she was ready to leave the tent when she couldn’t make the dessert, leaving viewers heartbroken.
She has been awarded star baker twice, been at the bottom once and has never won a technical challenge.
THE PUBLIC FAVOURITE VS THE BOOKIE’S CHOICE: KIM JOY AND RAHUL’S BAKE OFF JOURNEY
WEEK ONE: BISCUIT WEEK
Signature: Regional biscuits
Rahul’s Fennel and coconut Pitcaithly Bannock got a bad review from Prue who said ‘I don’t think the fennel has quite the flavour you thought it had.’
Kim-Joy’s Orange Blossom York Biscuits were described as ‘abolutely exquisite’ by Prue. Paul said it was a ‘beautifully balanced biscuit’ with ‘beautiful flavours’.
Technical: Wagon Wheel
Kim-Joy came in tenth place out of the 13 bakers while Rahul took seventh.
Showstopper: Biscuit selfie portrait
Rahul’s First Spring in the UK impressed with Paul describing it as a well baked biscuit and combined with the design made for a ‘great job’.
Kim-Joy’s ‘Me at Miyajima Shrine’ piece had ‘amazing decorations’ according to Prue but she said it could do with a tiny bit more spice.
WEEK TWO: Cake week
Kim-Joy’s Pandan Leaf Chiffon Cake were called ‘really elegant’ by Prue while Paul said that the textures were perfect although he didn’t like the flavour.
Rahul’s Lemon and Cardamon traybake tasted ‘beautiful’ according to Paul.
Technical: La gateu vert
Kim-Joy came in fourth place behind Rahul who took second.
Showstopper: Chocolate collar cake
Kim-Joy’s Yuzu & Raspberry Genoise Cat Cake impressed in looks but was ‘slightly too dry’ according to Paul.
Rahul’s Chocolate Orange Layer Cake prompted a ‘wow’ from Prue on presentation alone and earned him a Hollywood handshake – the first ever for in the show’s history for a Showstopper.
STAR BAKER: Rahul
WEEK THREE: Bread week
Signature: Chelsea Bun
Rahul’s Mango and Cranberry take did look ‘messy’ according to Prue but she really enjoyed the contrast of sweet and savoury and Paul said it was ‘baked to perfection’.
Kim Joy’s Pistachio & Cardamom Tangzhong was criticised for having too delicate a flavour.
Technical: Garlic naan breads
Kim-Joy came at the very bottom of the pack for her undercooked ‘inedible’ breads while Rahul got fourth.
Kim-Joy’s Orange Cranberry ‘Kit-ovai’ was a little bit ‘cake like’ according to Paul and needed another half an hour proving.
Rahul’s Garden Wedding Korovai was described as ‘fantastic’ by Paul and won Prue’s approval for the decoration.
STAR BAKER: Rahul
WEEK FOUR: Dessert week
Signature: Meringue roulade
Kim Joy’s Sweet Dreams Roulade had ‘exquisite piping’ but a ‘clumsy roulade’ said Prue but she did compliment its flavours.
Rahul’s Rhubarb and Custard Roulade was criticised for its lack of spiral and needed a longer bake but was praised for a ‘delicious interior.’
Kim-Joy came third from bottom in sixth and Rahul was not much further ahead in fourth.
Showstopper: Melting Chocolate Ball Desserts
Rahul’s Opera Cake with Kalash Inspired Dome got high praise for its ‘beautiful exterior and Prue ‘loved the flavour.’
Kim-Joy’s Melting Chocolate Galaxy received a rapturous applause after revealing orange flavoured turtles that were ‘very delicious’.
WEEK FIVE: Spice week
Signature: Ginger cake
Rahul’s Bonfire Night Caramel Ginger Cake was ‘pleasing to look at’ and ‘lovely and gingery’ according to Prue while Paul called him a ‘little genius’ earning him a second Hollywood handshake.
Kim-Joy’s Stem Ginger Cake with Poached Pears was described as having ‘the most beautiful texture’ by Prue and the ‘beautifully balanced’ flavours earned her her first Hollywood handshake.
Kim-Joy came in fourth while Rahul secured third.
Showstopper: Biscuit chandelier
Rahul’s Durga Puja Cardamon Chandelier was a ‘bit messy in places’ says Paul but he said the flavour ‘was beautiful.’
Kim-Joy’s Christmas Spiced Iced Chandelier was dubbed ‘gorgeous’ by Paul who said it was ‘very very well thought through.’
STAR BAKER: Kim-Joy
WEEK SIX: Pastry week
Kim-Joy’s flavours of India samosas were ‘missing something’ but had ‘perfect’ pastry according to Paul.
Meanwhile Rahul Paneer Singara & Misti Singara samosas were called ‘absolutely delicious’ by Prue earning him his third Hollywood handshake.
Technical: Puit d’amour
Kim-Joy came in fifth and Rahul two steps ahead in third.
Showstopper: Majestic pie
Kim-Joy’s Silke the Vegetarian Mermaid won praise for appearance and flavour but was let down by the dense pastry.
Rahul’s Butterfly Pie was a ‘bit wet’ but saved itself with ‘perfectly blended’ spices.
WEEK SEVEN: Vegan week
Signature: Savoury tartlets
Rahul’s Ghungi Chat and Coriander Posto & Veg Tartlets were put down for excessive filling but the Ghungi Chat had Prue describe them as ‘poetry’.
Kim-Joy’s Mascarpone Squirrel and Broccoli & Tomato Tartlets saw her earn her second Hollywood handshake thanks to her ‘very good job.’
Technical: Vegan tropical fruit pavlova
Kim-Joy scored her very lowest coming last place while Rahul won his first technical challenge
Showstopper: Vegan celebration cake
Kim-Joy’s Lavender & Lemon Fox Cake was described as a ‘very nice cake’ thanks to the well executed flavour balance.
Rahul’s Chocolate and Coconut Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam was ‘weakened’ by the coconut drizzle and tasted ‘too much’ of coconut.
STAR BAKER: Kim-Joy
WEEK EIGHT: Danish week
Kim-Joy’s Bumblebee eggs & Fish Smørrebrød were praised for being ‘authentic’ but the bread was not stiff enough for Paul.
Rahul’s Smoked Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Smørrebrød had created a very dense rye bread and was described as ‘awful’ by Paul.
Rahul’s burnt pancakes saw him come in last while Kim-Joy came in second.
Rahul’s Indian King Kagekone received criticism from both judges for being overcooked.
Prue had never seen ‘more exquisite piping’ than that on Kim-Joy’s Off to the Opera Kagekone, though flavour wise it was ‘underbaked and soggy’ reducing the baker to tears.
WEEK NINE: Semi-final Patisserie week
Signature: Dipped Madeleines
Rahul’s Orange Curd and Raspberry & Lemon Madeleines impressed and although the raspberry flavour didn’t rise as well the orange ones were ‘delicious’ according to Paul.
Kim-Joy’s Orange Bunny and Ginger & Lemon Madeleines were ‘beautifully ices’ but had too much baking powder in them and were slightly lacking in flavour.
Technical: Torta setteveli
After being reduced to tears by the chocolate mousse Kim-Joy managed to come in second while Rahul came in fourth.
Showstopper: Parisian Patisserie Window
Kim-Joy’s Passionfruit & Meringue, Orange Religieuses and Lemon & Blueberry Mille-feuille were too large according to Paul and were not delicate enough while the latter looked ‘dull’. However, there was high praise for her flavours.
Rahul’s Classic Fruit Tarts, Caramel Eclairs and Lemon & Blueberry Mille-Feuille were ‘unfinished’ due to lack of glazing and a ‘boring’ eclair according to Paul. Though he was able to redeem himself with the Mille-Feuille.