I had a surprise email on Tuesday from a lady called Madeline who is one of the producers. She'd seen my blog and invited me to take part. To be honest I had to read the email a couple of times, I didn't actually believe it.
DO YOU ENJOY BAKING PIES, LOAVES OR CAKES?
- Is baking your hobby?
- Do you enjoy making special food?
- Can you turn out a great pie, a lovely cake or a tasty loaf?
Would you like to spend some time baking with some of Britain’s best bakers?
BBC2 are making a new series about amateur bakers which will be judged by some of Britain’s baking heroes. ‘The Great British Bake Off’ is looking for amateur bakers who are talented but can show the rest of Britain what great food can come from their region.
We hope it will be a lot of fun and in the end one baker will be crowned the UK’s best amateur baker.
So, I rang her and had a brief telephone interview. Next day there was an email asking me to come down to London on Friday with sweet and savoury baked items. I was at a loss as to what I should take with me. Something complicated? Or something tried and tested (and more importantly - loved!)? I had a look over the last two years oh my baking life and I realised I hadn't made anything savoury for ages.
In the end I went for cheese, sun-blushed tomato and basil muffins and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting.
I had a brief interview that went over the questions that I'd already answered on the telephone. Then there was an interview about my skill level when it came to baking different items. My cupcakes and muffins were taken to a judging area and that was it.
I received a call later on in the evening telling me I hadn't got through to the next round. Of course I was gutted but I still had the chance to try out for it. I would never have guessed that my week would end with a visit to London.