THE Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr has returned to the kitchen for his latest culinary creation, but ditched the traditional utensils in favour of power tools.
To mark the return of the popular television programme, North London-based Richard made gingerbread in the shape of tools and a tool box, but left his whisk and spatula in the cupboard.
Instead, the builder-by-trade used items more associated with his day job – such as a drill and an orbital sander - from power tools brand Triton Tools to complete the masterpiece, combining two of his main passions in life.
Richard said: “It has been four years since I was in The Great British Bake Off and the return of the new series has certainly got my baking juices flowing again.
“I’m always looking for fresh challenges and utilising tools I would normally save for my day job as a builder certainly gave me plenty of food for thought.
“I have to admit, it all turned out very well.”
Amongst the Triton Tools Richard used to make the biscuit-based delight were an orbital sander, clamps, mini planer and drill driver.
Richard said: “Away from my family, the two things which I spend most time doing is baking and carrying out building jobs so it was brilliant to bring those two elements together like this.
“The tools showed fantastic versatility to stand up to the rigours of making a cake - it’s amazing how smooth the edges get when you use an orbital sander on them!
“If I’d been able to use the tools in the Bake Off tent, it might have been the difference between me getting to the final and actually winning the competition.”
Claire Sweet, global brand manager for Triton Tools, said: “It was fantastic to work with Richard and see his talents as a baker and builder combine.
“Our tools are renowned for their precision and what better way to put them to the test than by making the gingerbread. Given Richard’s feedback, they seemed to pass with flying colours!”
A video of Richard making the cake can be found here: