AS Somerset descends into carnival fever, the influence even seems to be as far reaching as Channel 4’s hit show The Great British Bake Off.

And local contestant Rosie Brandreth-Poynter stepped up her game for the festival theme by topping the technical challenge.

The vet, who lives in Shepton Beauchamp, started well in the signature round.

Tasked with baking 24 yeasted buns inspired by festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Diwali, Rosie showed off her trademark creativity, with Japanese inspired lemon and white chocolate namelaka, with a raspberry jam decorated to look like mardi gras peacocks.

The bakes went down well, with notoriously harsh judge Paul Hollywood saying: “They look great, highly decorative. They would look great in a shop window.

“I think you have got pretty consistent on the colour. They are a nice flavour.

“I think you have done a great job. I think they do look very, very smart.”

Elsewhere, Steph and Henry both received the coveted Hollywood handshake.

For the technical challenge they made the famously tricky deep fried Sicilian cassatelle.

While some baker’s small crescent creations exploded in the deep-fat fryer and Michael suffered from the infamous soggy-bottom, Rosie’s bakes were immaculate.

After being crowned the winning of the second challenge for her ‘perfect’ cassatelle, Rosie said: “Yay, I finally won a technical. I have had a bit of a run of fifth. Fifth, fifth, fifth, fifth and now first. So yes, super happy.”

The showstopper challenge was a multi layered colourful Sarawak cake, from Malaysia.

While all the other bakers zigged with a square decoration inside, Rosie zagged by trying to carve her cake into triangles and reassemble it into diamonds.

Rosie and Noel are gaining attention and screen time for their entertaining exchanges.

However, Rosie was not ready to give up her day job to form a band with the surreal comedian called ‘eggy rubber’ and tour the nation’s music festivals and support Radiohead.

After her focus returned to the bake, Rosie suffered from a burnt layer leaving her behind on time and struggling to dedicate time to being precise.

Her ‘messy’ showstopper could have undone the great result in the technical, but ultimately it was theatre manager Michael who went home.

After, he said: “In the signature, Paul said my buns were tight - but I’m happy to take that as a compliment.

“In the technical my cassatelles exploded, and had the dreaded soggy bottom, and even though I spiced up my showstopper with rum for my Jamaican Mule Sarawak, it didn’t impress the judges enough to keep me in the tent.”

Durham student Henry, 20, was named star baker after delivering a lime and lemon showstopper in which the flavours “balanced up beautifully”, according to judge Paul.

The show returns on Channel 4 on Tuesday at 8pm.