Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2018

The GBBO Interviews: Jon

If you, like the rest of us, want to know more about contestant Jon from this year’s Great British Bake Off, check out this Q&A about his baking history.

We didn’t really get to know blood courier and father of four Jon in the show’s first episode. If you are intrigued to find out more about the GBBO contestant, here’s a Q&A that might just fill you in.

Jon Bake Off

Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

Who encouraged you to fill out the application form to be on The Great British Bake Off?

My wife, Debbie – I could not have done any of this without her, she has been amazing throughout the whole process.

What age or time in your life did you start baking and who has inspired you?

I’ve been cooking for 15/16 years, ever since I would try and cook a romantic meal for Debbie when we first got together! The baking came after that as I just loved to try and create new things and I haven’t stopped baking since!

What is your signature bake that the family or friends love or expect for a special occasion?

I love to make marshmallows!! However, I am also known for my elaborate and fun cakes, for parties. My favourites are the ‘severed mummy’s leg’ (AKA raspberry roulade) for Halloween and a giant Prosecco cake for my wife’s birthday last year!

How did you find it in the Tent, walking in on that first morning?

I couldn’t believe I was there! It just didn’t seem real – to be honest, it still doesn’t seem real, even now! It was so exciting though, really an amazing experience.

Jon Bake Off

Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

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 them both of course, but the Hollywood Handshake is always something to aim for!! Sandi and Noel were lovely and added fun and laughs.

How will you watch the first episode – who will you be with and will you have made a cake to eat with it?

We are planning to have a gathering of our close friends and family and I will make something from the challenges.

Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?

Definitely sweet, I have a very sweet tooth.

Jon Bake Off

Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

Favourite bake to make… and what would be your Desert Island Dish?

Some kind of patisserie…. something with crème pat and puff pastry – maybe a mille feuille. And for my Desert Island Dish, I’ll go for a classic French dessert, Gâteaux Saint-Honoré!

Did you imagine you would ever be on TV? Are you looking forward to – or fearing – seeing yourself on television?

Never ever! I cringe every time I think of it!! But still looking forward to the fun of it.

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre

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