Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2018

The GBBO Interviews: Kim-Joy

We were all impressed by Kim-Joy’s delicate orange blossom biscuits in episode 1 of The Great British Bake Off! Find out more about the contestant in this Q&A. 

Kim-Joy certainly made us smile with her unique baking style and funny reactions to the others’ bakes (particularly Dan’s biscuit baby)! She’ll be one to watch in future episodes! Here’s a little bit more about her.

Kim-Joy Bake Off

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

My partner Nabil encouraged me to fill out the application form – he really believes in me and felt like I had a good chance of getting on! I told him he had his head in the clouds and there wasn’t a chance!

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

There isn’t any specific person who inspired me to start baking. When I was a child I used to have to make mince pies at Christmas, and I hated mince pies. But everyone else raved about them! So I started realising that baking was a way for me to fit in and to make people like me, and essentially that is what we all want! I started baking a bit more regularly in my last year of University which was 2012, but it became more of a serious hobby about 3 or so years ago.

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

For special occasions I like to always create something new! I’m not really a fan of making the same thing twice unless I’m tweaking it in some way, because I always want to learn and try new things. However, I do regularly make bread, and my partner occasionally buys mozzarella in order to tempt me in to making pizza for dinner. Occasionally he succeeds.

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

Walking into the tent on that first morning was TERRIFYING! It was a dream-like experience. Standing in the tent that I’d seen so many times on TV before felt unreal. When I stood behind my allocated bench I felt like pinching myself. When Paul and Prue came in my mind was blown because I knew that a dream had somehow become a reality!

Kim-Joy 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 Prue because I love her colourful sense of fashion – her choice in clothes makes me think she definitely has to have good taste in baking! And of course l also wanted to impress Paul because he really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to bread! Sandi and Noel were both AMAZING – Sandi is so warm, quick witted and clearly very intelligent; and Noel just comes by and sees the amusement in the smallest of things.

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 probably bake something to eat whilst watching the show, but I won’t be making the signature again – I’d want to make something new instead! I’d be tempted to make the showstopper again but do a completely different take on it, or maybe a miniature version. I love miniature things! I’d watch the show with Nabil and my friends who live nearby – but I’ll also video call my friends who live a bit further away!

Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?

I used to have a massive sweet tooth, but now I am actually more of a savoury person! I love making cakes and enjoy eating a slice. But a loaf of bread with some butter or olive oil? That’s easy pickings.

Kim-Joy Bake Off

Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

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

Oooooh I don’t know if I have a favourite bake to make. I just love to make and learn new stuff all the time. I’ve realised that I enjoy baking the most when it’s relaxing. So that’s why I enjoy both bread, as well as decorating and doing intricate details. Both are relaxing in their own ways. My desert island dish would be some fresh doughnuts, filled with delicious creme pat.

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

I will probably be watching the first episode Bake Off with my hands over my face 90% of the time – like a horror movie! Thinking things like, ‘Why did I say that?? How did I forget to do that??”

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre

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