HEREFORDSHIRE'S Saku Chandrasekara survived The Great British Bake Off by the skin of her teeth last night (October 18). 

The 50-year-old Sri Lankan-born baker, who works for Herefordshire Council as an intelligence analyst, was in danger of leaving the show after struggling during chocolate week. 

However, she survived due to the fact that judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decided that no one would be eliminated this week. That was because fellow contestant Tasha fell ill midway through the episode and needed medical attention.


This week's show was moved back 24 hours due to Channel 4 showing the England versus Italian European qualifying football match.  

Saku struggled this week and was bottom in the technical challenge for her cheesecakes, with Paul telling it 'it looked terrible'.

That was in stark contrast to last week, when she topped the board.

She was also marked down for the signature challenge, which required the bakers to make a chocolate torte, but without wheat flour.


Saku wrote 'Saku's Saku Torte'; however, she was told that it would have looked better if it was written with white chocolate. She did, however, amuse everyone in the tent when she decided to eat a number of raspberries. 

It looked like it would be between Saku and Cristy as to who would leave, but instead the contestants were told that no one would be leaving. On the flip side though, two will be leaving next week. 

When reflecting on her performance this week, Saku said she 'was done with chocolate'.

"No more chocolate. In my life. Ever," said said. 

The show returns to its usual Tuesday slot next week (October 24) for pastry week