The GBBO Interviews: Imelda

If you'd like to know more about Imelda, the first contestant to leave the Bake Off tent this year, take a look at this Q&A with the contestant herself. 

Image credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

29th Aug 2018

If you'd like to know more about Imelda, the first baker to leave the Bake Off tent this year, take a look at this Q&A with the contestant herself.

We didn't get to know Imelda as much as we would have liked to in this week's episode of The Great British Bake Off. Luckily, we have this Q&A to tell us all about the baker's background and aspirations. [caption id="attachment_19821" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Imelda 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? When the Bake Off casting team came over to the Richmond Centre in Derry, I got tagged on Facebook by 3 friends - one from uni, one from school and my brother. It never occurred to me to apply until then! What age or time in your life did you start baking and who has inspired you? I’ve always been baking from a really young age. I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a family of bakers… my mum, my grannies and my aunties are all handy in the kitchen. My mum in particular has been such an inspiration for trying new recipes over the years. I love sitting down with my aunties even now and having a good chin wag about recipes we’re using or new things they’re trying. What is your signature bake that the family or friends love or expect for a special occasion? Any form of cake but normally a good solid chocolate cake! As boring as that sounds, I’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a slice of decadent homemade chocolate cake! How did you find it in the Tent, walking in on that first morning? It was the most surreal moment of my life. It still doesn’t seem real that I was inside that tent. The atmosphere inside the tent was literally electric. An amazing buzz! [caption id="attachment_19822" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4[/caption] Which Judge did you want to impress the most and did you find Sandi & Noel a boost to get you through? Definitely Paul. I’ve followed his baking for years and grew up watching him on TV. Also, as he’s such a notoriously harsh critic, it’s all the sweeter if you receive positive feedback from him. Sandi and Noel were incredible. I thought they’d be so removed from the bakers and retain their distance off camera but genuinely they were so supportive throughout. It was an absolute pleasure meeting them and I will forever treasure the memories of their support, along with the whole crew and other bakers. How will you watch the first episode - who will you be with and will you have made a cake to eat with it? Ohhhh. I’m not sure yet! I’m so nervous about it going out. Our house can be a bit mad at the best of times so I’m sure there’ll be a few gathered round the sofa! Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why? Sweet. Always. My sweet tooth is my absolute nemesis and if there was one thing I’d change about myself that would be it. It’s definitely hereditary as well, my family all have it! There’s nothing quite like that satisfaction and wee buzz you get from savouring a cake or dessert that you’ve made a few hours before. Absolute bliss! It’s the simple things in life really isn’t it?! [caption id="attachment_19823" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Imelda Bake Off Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4[/caption] Favourite bake to make… and what would be your Desert Island Dish? Bread. Sweet or savoury bread is the bizz. There is nothing in this world like freshly baked bread….white loaf, sour dough, fruit loaf, wheaten…bread is amazing! Is there anything better than bread and butter?! The simplicity of it. Satisfying, versatile and the one thing I definitely would want to have on an island with me! Did you imagine you would ever be on TV? Are you looking forward to - or fearing - seeing yourself on television? Never, ever imagined it. And absolutely dreading it!! I never thought I’d get through to Bake Off so I never considered it during the application process!

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre

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