Find out more about Ruby, the 29 year old Project Manager from London with a complex baking style, in this Q&A with the contestant herself.
In the first episode of Bake Off, it was clear that Ruby had great aspirations. Although she didn't finish her showstopper, and made more than the required 24 biscuits, the judges sensed promise. Read about her backstory 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?
This was the second year I applied for Bake Off. I remember the first year I was super new to baking and it was Christmas. I had just used all the leftovers to make a pie and my family were convinced I would be good enough (even after just a few months!) to give it a shot. They were not taking no for an answer! Luckily, I didn’t make it further than the phone interview as I just definitely wasn’t ready or had enough experience so the timing wasn’t right and you know what they say – try, try and try again until you succeed!
What age or time in your life did you start baking and who has inspired you?
I have always been such a huge foodie, always been a girl with a huge appetite but I only really caught the baking bug around the end of 2016. I remember making a black forest cake and looking around at the kitchen which looked like a total bomb site but this gorgeous cake sitting amongst the mess and it didn’t look too shabby! Tasted divine and even better was the fact I had loved every hour, every minute and second I had poured into making it. Can’t say anyone in particular inspired me – I don’t have that heart warming story where I have been baking with my nan since I was young. I have always just been inspired by bringing people together with food and the happiness people have when eating.
What is your signature bake that the family or friends love or expect for a special occasion?
I love making cakes almost as much as I love eating them and I can guarantee my family always expect me to deliver a delicious cake whatever the occasion is! My sister and cousin are particularly in love with my chocolate orange cake – deliciously fluffy orange sponge, drenched in orange liqueur with a layer of homemade hazelnut and chocolate spread and sandwiched together with a chocolate and hazelnut whipped mascarpone cream, topped with a chocolate ganache.
How did you find it in the Tent, walking in on that first morning?
Wow – I mean what a dream!! I honestly couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be part of the final 12 and get into THE tent. That tent has become pretty iconic over the past few years; it has made and broken so many dreams in the past so it was hugely daunting and crazily exciting all at the same time!
Which Judge did you want to impress the most and did you find Sandi & Noel a boost to get you through?
Let’s be honest – Paul hasn’t smiled since like 1983 so he wasn’t on my radar to impress ha ha! I really wanted to impress Prue though, I have admired her for a long time and watched her on the Great British Menu for years so was super keen, possibly borderline needy ha ha. Sandi and Noel, honestly couldn’t say enough about how amazing they were in the tent. Sandi was deffo my tent mumma and has this reassuring aura about her which was great and Noel was hilariously brilliant. He is totally bonkers and I loved that – he helped remind me to have fun with it all and was oddly a calming influence.
How will you watch the first episode - who will you be with and will you have made a cake to eat with it? Some Bakers in previous series have made the signature challenge each week for example.
First epsiode will definitely be with close family so a big family affair with masses of food and drink.
Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?
Don’t make me choose! I mean what a tough choice – definitely savoury I think. But then what about cake?! My trouble is, I always need something sweet to finish off a savoury meal – if I go for dinner and its only two courses, I will make sure I get a main and dessert and make the other person get a starter and main. This way, I get the best of both worlds - clever or just greedy? I can’t decide.
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Favourite bake to make… and what would be your Desert Island Dish?
Aside from cake, I absolutely love making bread. Something so satisfying and rewarding from spending hours on mixing, kneading, proving, shaping, proving and finally baking (fully aware I sound like I have no life but carbs are life)! I love the smell of freshly baked bread, the flat smells glorious! Plus I love sandwiches beyond comprehension (I mean why wouldn’t you? Everything and anything can go into a sandwich!) . I could easily live off leftover Christmas dinner sandwiches drenched in homemade gravy for the rest of my life!
Did you imagine you would ever be on TV? Are you looking forward to - or fearing - seeing yourself on television?
Never in my life did I think I would be on TV and honestly I am DREADING seeing myself on TV. Will definitely be watching it from behind a cushion so I can bury my head in shame! As much as the cameras are there filming your every move, I got comfortable with the filming set up pretty quick. Probably far too comfortable! You always forget that people will eventually be watching you.
Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre