Great British Bake Off

I don't just take photos

2015 has been a very strange year. In January I put in an application form for the Great British Bake Off and nothing has been the same since. I was surprised to get a phone call back and the surprises haven't stopped since then. After many interviews, bakes and auditions I finally heard I was one of the 12 and at the end of April we entered The Tent. In the preceeding weeks I had given up everthing including holidays, jobs and a whole lot of sleep.

 

Things got off to a bad start in The Tent when Paul likened my first bake to wallpaper paste. At the end of week one I looked around at all the incredible Black Forest Gateaux and thought all my practicing was going to be for nothing. However, things turned around and for the following weeks I was Star Baker. After then there were several rocky patches especially when puff pastry was required - Vol au vents and cream horns were probably my low points. But I also made two of my favourite constructions (they weren't just bakes) which were Victoria's Crown (immortalised in sugar craft in the pic above) and the Chocolate Well.

Eventually after 9 weeks I scraped through chocolate week to get through to the final. One of the main reasons for entering Bake Off was because my wife had wanted to go to the tea party on the last day of filming but I had never imagined I would actually get her to it and certainly never imagined that I would actually be baking for it. As it was, she was far too stressed about what I was up to in The Tent and thus didn't get to enjoy the party. Not winning put a bit of a damper on things too! Strangely I have never felt that disappointed about not winning as I exceeded my expectations so much thus I have much to be happy about. Plus also I know that Nadiya is thoroughly well deserving winner. However, it is entertaining to think how different life might have been for an extra 60 grams of sugar...!