Fuzzy-haired dreamboat anaesthetist-turned-Great British Bake Off star Tamal Ray has left a million girls heartbroken – and a lot of men thrilled – after coming out as gay.
The 29-year-old heartthrob has been one of the most popular contestants on the show this year.
In an interview with the Radio Times, he revealed: “I wouldn’t have a girlfriend, I would have a boyfriend, but I am single at the moment. Although, yes I have had a few offers on Twitter!”
Hertfordshire-born Ray, whose parents moved to the UK from India in the 1970’s, is a senior intensive care officer at the Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester and is currently in the semi-finals of the programme.
Viewers have been praying that Tamal will make it all the way to the final because – going by the love he’s received on Social Media – they have fallen head over heels for the soft-spoken, shy but talented baker.
Who could resist? A man with healing hands who can bake?
He was inspired to take up baking by his older sister.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “I started baking with my sister. We used to make simple home classics. Fairy cakes were probably the first thing I ever made but we’d make other stuff like chocolate chip cookies, apple crumble and Victoria sandwiches.”
The talented Tamal then went on to make his sister’s wedding cake.
So being picked for GBBO was a dream come true.
He said: “I found myself thinking ‘Wow, I’m actually in the bake off tent and that’s Mary and Paul and they’re going to eat my cake! Also, having only seen Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue shrunk down on the telly it was strange to see them normal sized in real life.”