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Luis Troyano (2020), “Great British Baking Show” finalist

by Linnea Crowther

Luis Troyano was a runner-up on season five of the popular reality series “The Great British Baking Show.”

Baker and cookbook author

Troyano appeared on the show – known in the U.K. as “The Great British Bake-Off” – in 2014. An amateur chef like his fellow contestants, Troyano was named Star Baker during bread week, taking the title with his Roscón de Reyes. His other creations for the show included a Bakewell Baked Alaska, Blueberry Cheesecake Eclairs, and Indian Rose Baklava, and he was never among the bottom bakers throughout the season. In the end, he was one of two runners-up to the winner, Nancy Birtwhistle. The following year, Troyano published the cookbook “Bake it Great.” He was also a graphic designer.

Troyano on the origin of his love for baking

“My parents moved to the UK from Spain in the 1960s. Being brought up in a Spanish household meant food has always played an important part in my life. My father worked front of house in restaurants. At about the age of 12, to earn pocket money, I worked in the restaurant after school. My job was to wash the glasses but I was always fascinated watching the chefs. I think that whole combination gave me a passionate love of food.” —from a 2015 interview with the London Economic

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Full obituary: Entertainment Weekly

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