The former Apprentice advisor and Countdown presenter is so bad that Paul Hollywood has to step in to help him in the latest episode
It’s a bold claim but we’re going with it: Nick Hewer might be the best worst thing The Great British Bake Off tent has ever seen.
The Countdown host and former Apprentice advisor has such a disaster that Paul Hollywood actually has to intervene in the second episode of the Bake Off Stand Up to Cancer celebrity special.
Yep, Paul rolls up his sleeves, grabs a wooden spoon and actually gets mixing in the Bake Off tent to help Nick out, such is the severity of the situation.
“I know it’s for charity and someone has to look an idiot,” says Nick. “But not an absolute idiot.”
After blaming the scales, saying he wants to lie down and that he “can’t bear” to look at one of his creations (he compares it to looking like “a dog with tummy trouble has just passed through”), Nick sums the whole thing up when he says: “I just wonder whether I should’ve had that heart check-up before coming here.”
Along with Diversity dancer Perri Kiely, Loose Women star Stacey Solomon and the Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, Nick is part of the latest batch of game celebrities taking part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer.
Although after this, some of them probably wish they hadn’t. Find out what else to look forward to in the second episode below.
Prue is presented with a “cow pat”
Her words, not ours. One of the (very) unfortunate celebrities serves something to Prue and Paul that bears more than a passing resemblance to a steaming pile of cow crap.
And they weren’t even making mud pie.
Perri Kiely’s profiterole portrait
When the judges task the celebrities with making self-portraits made out of choux buns, they knew exactly what they were doing. This has disaster written all over it.
However Perri – who gets so excited about being in the tent he flips twice – makes what is actually not a half-bad profiterole portrait. Not everyone’s so lucky…
Ricky Wilson says what we’re all thinking
Paul Hollywood comes over to Ricky, points at his choux buns, and then points at his own skin saying, “You want them that colour”.
Ricky has the best ever retort: “What, a proper David Dickinson?”
Stacey Solomon has an oven disaster
There’s always one, isn’t there? You can set your kitchen timer by the fact that in every series of Bake Off, at least one baker will have oven issues – whether that’s forgetting to turn it on or accidentally putting it on the wrong setting.
“This is not my fault, it’s the oven’s fault,” pleads Stacey as she has an oven ‘mare and it totally jeopardises her batch of scones. We’ve heard that one before.
How do you get a Stand Up to Cancer baking kit?
Throughout Bake Off, the celebrities keep mentioning a Stand Up to Cancer baking kit. But what is it and how to you get your hands on one?
To do your bit for charity, all you need to do is click here and fill out the application form.
You will then be sent a free fundraising pack in the post, as well as getting your very own Giving Page for collecting fundraising online.
Stand Up to Cancer is a joint campaign between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. It starts with the Bake Off celebrity specials and will culminate in a live evening of fundraising in the autumn.
Since its launch in 2012, Stand Up to Cancer has raised more than £38 million, which has helped fund 40 new trials and projects, involving 10,000 cancer patients.
Research projects include the development of a “chemo-package” to deliver treatment at the best time for the patient; testing arsenic as a weapon to make cancer self-cannibalise; and using viruses to seek and destroy cancer cells while boosting the immune system.
For more information and to order a free fundraising pack, visit standuptocancer.org/uk/bake-off
For advice on prostate cancer symptoms go to cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/prostate-cancer
To donate £10 or £20 to Cancer Research UK, text Ten or Twenty to 70404 (full terms and conditions at SU2C.org.uk/terms)