Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2018

The GBBO Interviews: Rahul

In episode 1, contestant Rahul impressed the judges with his showstopper selfie biscuit. If you’d like to hear more about the 30 year old Research Scientist, take a look at this Q&A.

Rahul’s funny chat about Skyping his parents and Paul Hollywood’s comment on how well he portrayed his ‘chubby little face’ on his selfie biscuit have got the internet talking about this baker. Find out more about his baking history in this Q&A.

Rahul Bake Off

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

One of my colleagues kind of pushed me to apply for bake off. He kept sending me the application link, till I said to him that I have started applying.

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

Cooking programmes always interest me. Even as a child, rather than watching sports, I enjoyed watching cookery shows. I started cooking and experimenting with food from the age of 15, however, proper everyday cooking started since I moved to UK about 7 years ago. I never baked when I was in India. My baking journey began in the UK about 5 years ago when I was feeling lonely, and needed to do something along with my studies. At that time, it was limited to making bread and biscuits. The first cake I made was about 2 years ago, when my parents visited the UK for the first time.

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

I like the simple classics, sometimes with a little twist in it. My colleagues love my Lemon drizzle cake and its cousins like Lemon and cardamom drizzle cake, or lemon and elderflower drizzle cake – they like them a lot.

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

I was so nervous that first morning. I made sure the first time I climbed down the steps towards the tent that I did it right! It was so surreal to be in the tent, and it still feels like a dream to me. Almost as if I was watching Bake Off 2018 (you can never see yourself in dream, so it kind of made sense).

Rahul 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 don’t think I wanted to impress any one of them over the other particularly. I just wanted to try my best and have their valuable opinion to improve my bakes in the future. Sandi and Noel are amazing. They came around and made us smile and lighten the environment, which is very important.

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

I am not sure yet. I would love to watch with my family. However, my family being in India, it is difficult. If my parents can come over, that will be nice to watch it with them and a close circle of colleagues.

Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?

Savoury for sure. Even last night I had a piece of lemon drizzle cake, but then felt like I need to have something else. So had a bit of left over curry.

Rahul Bake Off

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

Favourite cake to make would either be a Victoria sponge with jam, cream and berries or lemon drizzle cake with lemon curd and fresh cream. I think to keep me alive in a deserted island …. I would bake some hearty biscuits with dried fruit, nuts and seeds in them. It will be something like Scottish bannock biscuits as they are tasty, stay fresh longer and easy to carry a lot in small space.

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

Never really thought about it. I am very nervous and to some extent scared as well of watching myself on TV. It will feel like watching my dream with me in it.

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre

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