Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2018

The GBBO Interviews: Terry

Terry, sporting a moustache that everyone is talking about, managed to save himself with a portrait masterpiece in the final bake of episode 1.

Although contestant Terry struggled in both the opening bake and the technical challenge, he managed to wow the Bake Off judges (and us) with his brilliant 3D biscuit selfie. Learn more about his baking history in this Q&A.

Terry Bake Off

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

My youngest daughter did the application for me, filled it in and sent it in. And then of course I had to do it. I was very pleased that she did it, and totally amazed when I heard back that I was in. It was a shock, but a nice shock.

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

I have always baked as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of time in my nan’s kitchen who made fresh bread and cakes every day. My mum and my dad baked, so everyone I have known has baked. It’s been a constant in my life. We make bread and cakes and don’t buy them!

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

I make a double chocolate and cherry gateaux with amaretti and that’s a firm family favourite.

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

The whole experience of that first walk in was it for me. It was a totally surreal and enjoyable experience. That first memory will stick with me the most.

Terry 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 have used Paul’s recipes for so long and have always admired him. Paul has always been up there for me as a baker, so I did probably want to impress him the most, and of course Prue is brilliant at what she does. Sandi is such a lovely person, and Noel is so funny, but above all they are very caring and compassionate.

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

Both my daughters live a distance away, but the family are great Bake Off watchers, so I think we are hoping for a night at my house.

Sweet or savoury – what is your preference and why?

I do like both the same to make, but to eat then sweet is my favourite.

Terry Bake Off

Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

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

My favourite bake to make is a rich Game Pie made from pheasant, duck or venison as a winter warmer pie. If I was stuck on a Desert Island I would want something to cheer me up like Tipsy Tart which would have lots of brandy so it would keep it preserved and keep me going.

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

I never imagined I would ever be on television and I am not really looking forward to seeing myself. I have a motor home, I might just escape somewhere!

Q&A courtesy of Channel 4 Press Centre

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