Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2018

The GBBO Interviews: Manon

Manon, Star Baker in this year’s first Bake Off episode, blew us all away with her consistent bakes. Find out more about the chatty French contestant in this Q&A.

Manon’s Japanese-inspired selfie biscuit won her the top spot in week one of the Bake Off. Her bakes for each challenge were of a high standard, and her smiley personality won us over. Find out more about the early favourite in a Q&A with the contestant herself.

Manon 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?

It is something that me and my best friends always talked about and laughed about! So they didn’t have to push me to fill out the application, but they were a big part of me applying seriously.

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

I grew up in a family where food is E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G so from a very young age me and my sister would always help mum or grandmas preparing the food and also desserts. But I seriously got into baking when I came to the UK where I fell in love with cake decorating and cupcakes.

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

It is hard to tell because it has changed! Before I came to the UK, I was the queen of Tiramisu and Tarte Tatin, and then now it will be hard to select, but I would say probably tiered cake.

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

Walking to the tent the first time was surreal and I think I didn’t really realise what was happening! The start of the first ever challenge was the most challenging for me as I felt like I was going to pass out from stress!

Manon 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 think both Prue and Paul have their specialities and they really balance each other. But for me the most important thing was baking something that I was proud of, and the dedicated person that this bake was for, would love it. Sandi and Noel were such an amazing support!! They really were always there for us either to have a chat or give us pep talks when it is needed!

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

There will definitely be a lot of friends, a lot of people that have eaten my cakes before, a lot of laughs and surely some food and refreshments!

Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?

Probably sweet as I always have a second stomach for pudding! But bread and butter would always be my top craving when I am hungry!

Manon Bake Off

Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

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

This is HARD! I will say that my favourite thing is to work with icing, so anything that involves icing ( cake, patisserie). For my Desert Island Dish it has to be Poke [Hawaiian dish of raw fish, avocado and veg], it is really good for you. Because it has a lot of nutrients it should keep me alive for a long time!

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

Never imagined to be on Bake Off no (dreamt about it though) ! I have memories of 5 years ago watching the show with my best friend and just thinking “imagine being on it one day?” And I don’t really fear seeing myself and I think I will laugh at so many stupid things I might have said!

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre

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