I was on Bake Off and Paul Hollywood’s handshakes aren’t fair | The Sun

BAKE Off star Sandro Farmhouse has accused Paul Hollywood of being stingy with his handshakes.

The Hollywood handshake is the glittering prize Paul delivers to weary bakers after hours of hard slog inside the Channel 4 tent.

One show legend missed out and said the mark of congratulations and says it is unfair – after he impressed Paul and Prue Leith with his masterful bakes and even won star baker.

"What is that about? It's not equal," Sandro told The Sun about the snub.

"He said one of my recipes was flawless. I think that equals to a handshake? So I'm still waiting.

"I also think not more than one handshake per episode! You can’t give two for two people for one challenge.


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"Then I am, waiting, cream on my hands, washing my hands. Prepared for it specially for these hands to be shaken."

Last night viewers saw Paul, 57, returning to the famous tent with a brand new gesture of appreciation and it sparked a frenzy online.

The blue-eyed baker went further than ever before – by hugging one bewildered contestant.

"I’m now trying to work out what’s more precious; a Paul Hollywood handshake or a hug!" one viewer ravved on X, former Twitter.

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Another said: "Will the Hollywood Hug become the new Hollywood Handshake?"

And a third surprised viewer noted: "Forget the Paul Hollywood handshake, there was a Paul Hollywood hug…"

Although Sandro's dream of winning a handshake didn't become a reality, his career has bloomed since his time on the show.

This year he has teamed up anti-bullying charity The Diana Award which has launched its #BackToBullying campaign to highlight the thousands of school children who are scared of going to school because they have been bullied.

Speaking about the campaign Sandro told The Sun: "I haven't only felt bullied in school. I feel that has sort of affected my adult life as well in employment, the sort of feeling a little bit 'not good enough' sort of thing, and having management saying certain things to me.

"Building that resilience in school has helped me build resilience throughout my adult life. You went to school every day, no matter what happened, right?

"It was the same thing prior to Bake Off. I didn't want to give up on something that I wanted to do. No matter what the little sounds inside my head were saying."

Show your support for children as they face #BackToBullying this year. You can watch the Back to School video here.

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