The very lovely Cat Dresser from 2012’s Great British Bake Off has been kind enough to answer a few of my questions about her experience on GBBO. Cat is honestly, one of the nicest , most talented people I have ever met.
Thanks for this Cat! So what made you audition for GBBO?
I am a super mega GBBO fan and loved it from series 1. I looked at the application form for series 2, just out of curiosity, filled it in, sent it away and heard nothing at all (as expected). I watched and loved series 2, and did the same again…obviously knowing I would again not hear anything…but I did! I was SO shocked and never ever imagined that I would actually have been selected!
Was the audition process tough?
The audition process is top secret, but I can tell you that it is a long process and there’s lots involved but it was so much fun at every stage!
What was it like baking in front of the camera?
Baking in front if the cameras was initially terrifying but as you get to know the amazing crew you begin to relax and settle into it, plus the baking is the most important thing to you while you’re there and so this remains more of a focus than the cameras.
How/where did your love of baking start?
I am from a food obsessed family and my mum and three aunties are all incredible bakers (better than me…shhh!!!) so I have always been surrounded by wonderful things to eat, picking things up along the way. Then I left home and had children and wanted to give them this love and experience too and so started to bake a lot more on my own, for and with them.
What was your favourite week on GBBO as in, what wsa your favourite bake?
I loved making my Wellington (giant sausage roll) the most mainly as it was the thing that all my family loved best during practice and also it went well on the day too and Mary really liked and understood my recipe.
What has been the most amazing thing to happen since doing GBBO?
I have been so incredibly lucky during and after Gbbo, I guess the most amazing thing is my book, I couldn’t have imagined doing any of the things I have done and am so indescribably grateful!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to audition?
My advice for someone wanting to audition is…. GO FOR IT, I can’t describe what a wonderful thing it is! Be Very honest with your application but also think of ways to really show and describe your skill and love!
Thank you again Cat for being part of She Who Bakes.
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