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Viewers adore Great British Bake Off’s eye-rolling contestant Sura and her Middle Eastern style

London-based NHS worker has impressed judges and won over audience

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In week one, Sura was the villain of the piece.

She catastrophically, but accidentally, knocked fellow contestant Dave’s pineapple upside down cake off the judging counter, while trying to swat a fly.

“I’m so sorry! Oh my God,” she said, after destroying hours of work and leaving him with little to show for his efforts in the baking tent.

Scroll forward two weeks and Sura Selvarajah, a 31-year-old pharmacy dispenser who lives in London with her husband and elderly grandmother, has become one of the stars of beloved UK cooking show Great British Bake Off.

She has put her family’s Middle Eastern heritage at the heart of her bakes, with a cooking style which includes influences from Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and India.

In week two she made her version of florentines - a sweet pastry made of nuts and fruit - inspired by her childhood travels to Iran.

She impressed judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, and bantered with hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding.

Her dramatic facial expressions when the remaining time is announced have become her trademark, and made her a fans’ favourite on Twitter during Bread Week.

Updated: November 29, 2020 05:03 PM

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