JUNIOR Bake Off star Ruby Petch has missed out on becoming the show’s new champion after she was narrowly beaten in the final.
Ruby, 11, who has been a front runner throughout the competition, missed out on the title following a late charge from 11-year-old Harry surname unknown from Hampshire.
The three-day finals saw the final four take part in four taxing tasks as they battled for the title of Britain’s best young baker.
The first day saw Ruby team up with eventual champion Harry inside the professional kitchen at Harrods department store.
Baking scones and shortbread tea-fancies, the pair received mixed reviews from guest judges Marcus Bore and Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite.
The second day saw Ruby return to form, impressing in a tricky knowledge test and emerging victorious from the second team test – baking fruit tarts and cheesy muffins for dance group Diversity.
In her final bake, Ruby was joined by her parents, Jane and Dinsdale, brother Eli and grandmother Anne. In the challenge, Ruby was required to cook a final sweet and savoury bake for her family in a Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Mum Jane Petch said: “They all did so well. There’s no way I could have coped under the pressure like they did.
“When they brought out the food, the children were so pleased just to see us. At that point it really didn’t matter who had won.
“Ruby set out to show her skills and that’s exactly what she did.”
The 11-year-old earned her place in the final four after constantly impressing judges Mary Berry and James Martin in a range of challenging bakes, including creating an impressive tart in the appearance of the Devonshire flag.
But it was her version of judge James Martin’s coffee éclairs that received the most praise, with the celebrity chef calling the bake perfect.
Jane said: “The whole town really has been behind her. She has had so much praise from people who didn’t even know her. Lots of people have said that it’s always the runner-up that goes on to great things.”