Luke's selfie biscuit, inspired by a lads' holiday in Las Vegas, won him a lot of approval from Bake Off fans. If you want to know more about the civil servant and DJ, check out this Q&A.
We loved contestant Luke's creative ideas, and we're looking forward to seeing other travel-based bakes from him in future episodes. Find out more about his baking story in this Q&A.
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Who encouraged you to fill out the application form to be on The Great British Bake Off?
I have to confess I only watched the show for the first time in 2016 after years of my good friend Dan telling me to watch GBBO, as he knew I loved baking and would love the show if I gave it a chance…and how right he was! So after watching Candice win in 2016 and becoming an avid fan of GBBO, I thought to myself how incredible an experience and challenge it would be to bake in the tent so went ahead and submitted an application form - never actually expecting to ever get on the show though!!
What age or time in your life did you start baking and who has inspired you?
My nan literally bakes every day (not even joking) so she has been a massive inspiration. She’s fantastic! Some of my earliest memories are of baking at my nan’s house when I would stay over on a weekend. I would stand on a small step-ladder so I could reach the work surface to ‘help’ her bake scones, buns etc. I’ve always been a massive fan of Jamie Oliver too and when I was a teenager he inspired me to get in the kitchen and I vividly remember wanting to be just like him! His style of cooking has certainly influenced mine.
What is your signature bake that the family or friends love or expect for a special occasion?
My friends and family love it when I make my ‘Goats cheese, olive and pesto pinwheel’ bread which I make for special occasions. It’s beautiful to eat warm, straight from the oven or left to cool and dipped into a lovely homemade hummus. It’s a tear and share bread so perfect for get togethers and always goes down a treat.
How did you find it in the Tent, walking in on that first morning?
I had to keep pinching myself; I couldn’t get my head around that I was in the tent and going to be on the show and that Paul and Prue would be tasting something that I had actually baked!! It was much hotter than I thought it was going to be in the tent, there were a lot
more people in there than I expected, and it was just crazy to think I was really in there as one of the bakers. It took me a while to get my head around it but I was so excited. I also was actually looking forward to doing a technical challenge too.
Which Judge did you want to impress the most and did you find Sandi & Noel a boost to get you through?
I wanted to impress both judges to be honest. I was literally petrified the first time Paul and Prue tried my first bake in the tent as I was so desperate to impress them. Sandi and Noel are just great; when you’re starting to feel the pressure they come along, give you a pep talk, crack a joke and make you feel so much more relaxed. They’re soooo funny and lovely too!
How will you watch the first episode - who will you be with and will you have made a cake to eat with it?
We’ll have a big party at my house with my friends and family! There will be lots of food on offer. All of us bakers are in a group chat on WhatsApp too, so I’m sure we’ll all be texting each other like crazy whilst the show is on (even more than we usually do) to give each other support.
Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?
Oh this is a tough one as it depends what mood I’m in. I’m going to say something savoury to eat first, followed by something sweet! But if you’re really going to push me to pick one I’d probably pick sweet, particularly if it involves chocolate!!
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Favourite bake to make… and what would be your Desert Island Dish?
I absolutely love making bread – all types of bread. I find it amazing how you can take such simple ingredients like flour and yeast and mix them together to create something so tasty and delicious. It’s so versatile too – you can make it sweet, savoury, add flavours, shape it different ways…the options are endless. I honestly don’t think you can beat having beautiful fresh bread with a selection of good quality oils, balsamic vinegars and dips. Delicious.
Did you imagine you would ever be on TV? Are you looking forward to - or fearing - seeing yourself on television?
Never in a million years did I think I would be on TV! When I applied for GBBO, I sent the application off thinking it would get lost in the other thousands of applications which they receive and thought I’d never hear anything back. Next thing, I kept getting further into the audition process and then a couple of months later I was at work when I got the call saying I was on the show! I went into a meeting room at work when I took the call and when they said I was on the show I thought they must have dialled the wrong person as things like this don’t happen to me! I can usually talk for England but this was one occasion I was lost for words! I then had to walk back out into the office acting all normal like it was just any other phone call and carry on working, when all I wanted to do was just walk out with the biggest smile on my face and tell everyone what had just happened!!
I’m absolutely dreading seeing myself on TV, I’ll be so embarrassed. I just hope everyone watching at home can understand my heavy Yorkshire accent – wouldn’t surprise me if there’s subtitles on the screen whenever I talk haha!
Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre