Byline: Tania Phillips
HE WAS the oldest ever competitor on The Great Australian Bake Off but Dennis Mews, 71, still well and truly left his mark on the show.
Eliminated in week three of the fourth season currently screening on Foxtel, the British-born former school teacher was responsible for the moment in the show that judge Matt Moran said would go down as one of the funniest things ever on Australian television and cemented Dennis as an audience favourite.
After completing his final showstopper challenge - an edible biscuit box filled with 12 biscuits, Melbourne- based Dennis told the judges he was pleased that his creation stayed together.
"I'm very pleased I got to construct it without collapsing, if I may say, my last two erections have been a big disappointment," he dead-panned in front of the judges.
He laughs when it's mentioned: "I've been in a bit of trouble at home since that went to air - we didn't think it would be in the final edit.
"I was baking for nine hours through the course of two days and that has to be distilled down to five minutes' television time.
"Maggie and Matt had to go away and compose themselves."
Dennis, who won over the audience with his quick quips and cheeky nature, said he was determined from the beginning to have fun - something he hopes was obvious about his time in the "shed".
However, while he didn't want to go out in the first week, he believes he was probably eliminated at the right time.
"I was up on the Gold Coast when I first found out I'd been selected for Bake Off - we were away on holidays for three weeks so I wasn't able to prepare as much as some of the others," he said.
In fact, he had only prepared his bakes for the first three weeks and would have had to have a major rethink for week four's vegan week.
"I didn't know what a vegan was, I'm still not too sure, I might find out this week," he quipped.
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