The BBC has been inundated with complaints today after the popular baking contest announced an all-female shortlist for its series finale.
‘I think this decision really highlights the gender inequalities that still exist in the baking community,’ said 31-year-old hopeful Darren, five-time winner of the Stourbridge fete cake competition.
His views have been echoed by male celebrity chefs. ‘We can’t blame the judges,’ said Ainsley Harriott. ‘We must look deeper at media coverage and stereotypes.’
‘The problem lies in role models,’ added Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. ‘When I first started cooking there were no men on TV making cupcakes. We have to change perceptions that baking is just for women.’
The final of the BBC show will now be contested by three women who have recently given up their day jobs to seek recognition in the world of baking, swimmers Rebecca Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne, and triathlete Chrissie Wellington.