After 9 weeks of blood, sweat, tears and dough, one man will finally be crowned Britain’s Best Amateur Baker.
Yes, that can only mean the grand final of BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off is upon is. Coming a week after the semi-final triumphed in the ratings, it’s fair to say that it’s a close call this series. I spoke to finalist John Whaite about it all..
Thank you – I didn’t expect it in the slightest. I really knew that I was a bit shaky, but that was during the finals of my law degree so I think it is excusable.
Yes I was definitely fighting hard to remain, because I had to. I am grateful for my near fatal errors: I think that when something goes wrong and you’ve experienced near failure, it gives you a palatable something to run away from, and I had to run very fast.
I certainly took some great inspiration from the other bakers; though I never wished to emulate their style because that is what is so great about the competition, we are all so different and it’s a nice change.
I’m currently working for a fabulous company, and don’t want to jeopardise that; but baking is where I want to be. I am prepared, as you’ve seen on GBBO, to work very hard for that.
It was during my parent’s divorce that mum and I would bake. It was a great way of spending time together and since then it has been something that is inherently comforting.
They are absolutely lovely. They all just come up to me and act like an old friend which is nice.
Once in a lifetime fabulousness
If you’re applying for it, make sure you demonstrate that you’ve been a keen baker for a while, and that you can evidence that.
If you’re just trying out baking, then make sure you follow the recipes to the gram, and get some good electronic scales that weigh a single gram.
Me and James ALWAYS argued with Paul about certain things. We were quite cheeky really, but Paul enjoyed it…I think.
Thank you John!
Follow John on Twitter; @JohnWhaiteBakes
The Great British Bake Off concludes this Tuesday, 8pm on BBC2.
Editor’s Note; It was a unanimous decision for Berry and Hollywood to name John the winner of The Great British Bake Off Series 3. In light of this, I am all the more honoured to have interviewed such a talented and deserving winner. Congratulations John!