The GBBO Interviews: Dan

If you're one of the many talking about the infamous baby biscuit, take a look at this Q&A to find out more about Bake Off contestant Dan. 

Image credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

29th Aug 2018

If you're one of the many talking about the infamous baby biscuit, take a look at this Q&A to find out more about Bake Off contestant Dan.

In the first episode of The Great British Bake Off, Dan's wagonwheels did well and his selfie biscuit made Paul Hollywood laugh. Read through this Q&A to find out more about Dan's baking story. [caption id="attachment_19811" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Dan Bake Off Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4[/caption] Who encouraged you to fill out the application form to be on The Great British Bake Off? I’ve wanted to take part in The Great British Bake Off for a while, and didn’t need much encouragement! My husband has been my biggest supporter throughout the experience. What age or time in your life did you start baking and who has inspired you? My mother taught me to bake when I was a small child, but I had a renewed interest about 6 years ago when we decided to have a family of our own. What is your signature bake that the family or friends love or expect for a special occasion? I think everyone expects a birthday cake, or some of my decorated biscuits. I am also known for my enriched white breads, and tangy sourdoughs. How did you find it in the Tent, walking in on that first morning? Walking into the tent was a surreal experience! I was overcome with fear, excitement, and disbelief all at once! Which Judge did you want to impress the most and did you find Sandi & Noel a boost to get you through? Whilst Paul tends to be more harsh in his critiques, Prue is equally discerning; I knew I would need to impress both of them. Having Noel & Sandi in the tent was a huge help – his jokes kept me smiling and Sandi always left me feeling better - and more positive than when they found me. How will you watch the first episode - who will you be with and will you have made a cake to eat with it? I will be watching Bake Off through the gaps in my fingers! I will definitely invite some friends over for moral support to watch the first episode. …My friends will be expecting some sustenance! Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why? I love sweet food – it’s what I get excited about, and what I love to eat the most - I love my bakes to be a real indulgence, because it’s something I’m doing for the sheer enjoyment of it. [caption id="attachment_19815" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Dan Bake Off Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4[/caption] Favourite bake to make… and what would be your Desert Island Dish? My favourite thing to bake is probably birthday cakes – I really enjoy every part of making them, but especially the pleasure of making someone feel good. I make a killer lemon sponge that everyone raves about. My desert island dish would probably be a simple pain de mie – I don’t think I could live without bread! Did you imagine you would ever be on TV? Are you looking forward to - or fearing - seeing yourself on television? I never thought I would be on a TV show – in fact, I’m still not really sure why I did it! I’m pretty nervous to see myself on television – I wonder whether I’ll be able to actually watch it!

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre


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