The Great British Bake Off  is as wholesome it gets, but Paul Hollywood has ruffled feathers following the Bread Week episode, where he said rainbow bagels “represent the NHS”.

Paul and Prue set the brightly-coloured breads as this week’s technical challenge, asking the bakers to produce six identical rainbow bagels.

Prue asked why he had set the task, to which Paul responded: “I think bagels are a great challenge when you’re making bread. You’ve gotta boil them which is unusual. I think the rainbow colours for me, although it originated over in the States, I think it represents the NHS. It does now certainly.”

The six-colour rainbow flag was designed by activist Gilbert Baker and has been used by the LGBTQ+ community at Pride since 1978.

Throughout the COVID pandemic, many of the public have been thanking NHS workers with a rainbow logo.

However, Twitter users were having none of it.

Elsewhere, someone else said what we’re all thinking while being armchair critics:

Bread week is notoriously difficult and some of the bagels were… erm… interesting.

Don’t read on if you don’t want to know who goes home!

Sadly it wasn’t enough to keep him in the competition, and art teacher Rowan Williams became the third person to leave the tent after Makbul Patel left last week, and Loriea Campbell-Clare left in week one.  Rowan said “I have had a wonderful time. It’s been exhausting, but very rewarding. I didn’t mind leaving.”

Former GBBO contestant Michael Chakraverty is a big fan of Rowan’s.

Are they NHS bagels or Pride bagels?


Images via Alamy & Channel 4 / The Great British Bake Off