Saturday 22 October 2016

Great British Bake Off's Tamal Ray reveals he's gay

Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Tamal told the Radio Times he has to eat sushi and wear his lucky socks on Bake Off days (BBC/PA)
Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Tamal told the Radio Times he has to eat sushi and wear his lucky socks on Bake Off days (BBC/PA)
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He has been the object of ardent affection for female viewers throughout this series of the Great British Bake Off but Tamal Ray has just revealed he is gay.

Tamal was asked by the Radio Times whether or not he had a girlfriend and he replied, "I wouldn't have a girlfriend, I would have a boyfriend.  But I am single at the moment."

The 29-year-old, who is a senior house officer in intensive care at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, has been dubbed the 'star bae-ker' and has been bombarded by innuendo-laden tweets from female viewers of the show every week.

He joked, "I've had a few offers on Twitter!".

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Tamal on the Great British Bake Off

Tamal, who has made it to the final five in the hit BBC One show (which currently draws a whopping 12m viewers), also revealed his patients often recognise him from TV.

"It's a great icebreaker. In the morning I see my patients on that day's operating list, and talking about Bake Off helps with the tension a bit.

"I didn't think the consultants were particularly interested, but I made some muffins recently and they all went mad for them."

Every week viewers of the show share their thoughts on Tamal's hotness on Twitter.  At one point he responded with, "Some of the lustier tweets have had me crying with laughter.

"Also glad my folks aren't on twitter! #GBBO #blushingbaker."

Fellow contestant Nadiya Hussain has also spoken out about she has has been received on the show.

The 30-year-old Muslim mother of three admitted to the Radio Times that she was nervous about what people would think.

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"Originally, I was a bit nervous that perhaps people would look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake," she said.

"But I hope that week by week people have realised that I can bake – and just because I’m not a stereotypical British person, it doesn’t mean that I am not into bunting, cake and tea.

‘I’m just as British as anyone else, and I hope I have proved that. I think the show is a fantastic representation of British society today.

"The feedback I have had reveals how accepting people are of different cultures and religions. Now people know who I am, I can see how tolerant and accepting British society is."

Ian Cumming, 42, had a winning streak at the beginning of the series, being awarded "star baker" three times in a row. He said he was "genuinely surprised" to win week two. "I didn't feel good about my chances at all. Then when I got star baker three times, everyone thought I was super confident, but I'm not. I'm surprised at my progress, to be honest."

Nineteen-year-old Flora Shedden attracted some criticism after the first episode, when she revealed she was more used to using an Aga than an oven - leading to accusations on social media that she was "too posh".

"When people find out about the Aga, they think I'm very posh," Flora admitted. "My sister Hebe, who's 18, suggested that I should remind them we have a Skoda and four brown hens, not a Range Rover and four brown ponies."

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The Scottish teen, who has just started a degree in art history at the University of St Andrews, added: "At St Andrews I have a fantastic kitchen, so I can still bake and cook. There was a lot of baking during Freshers' Week! It's a great way to make yourself more popular very quickly."

The semi-final of the Great British Bake Off airs on Wednesday, September 30 at 8pm on BBC One.

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