According to the BBC, 9.3 million viewers saw Stu Henshall leave the tent on the opening episode of The Great British Bake Off. With his daring use of beetroot (which is actually very nice in cakes!), he was the one sent home instead of Dorret Conway whose gateau collapsed… Though at least it didn’t end up in the bin!
Now in its sixth season, GBBO has certainly become one of the biggest baking programmes across the UK. We spent 5 minutes with Stu…
What made you apply for the popular TV show, The Great British Bake Off? I had a gap in my touring and recording schedule over the filming period and my family had been hassling me to apply. I have always been a massive fan and thought why not? I didn’t think I would actually get into the tent. It wasn’t until the tent was in front of me that it dawned on me it was real. Each stage of the lengthy audition I convinced myself was part of an elaborate gag. I think it was a defence mechanism to stop my mind imploding.
My sisters are both insane bakers and a massive inspiration. I also spent my early years getting under my mum’s feet while she ran a restaurant of her own name
It was sad to see you leave! You were a brave contestant breaking the rules – was that your game plan? Y’know… I wanted to be true to myself and take tradition and turn it on its head. Each recipe I prepared took the idea of the bake and I gave it an “alternative” twist.
What’s your background in baking and who influenced you to bake? My sisters are both insane bakers and a massive inspiration. I also spent my early years getting under my mum’s feet while she ran a restaurant of her own name. Food has always been so much more that sustenance and a magical realm that you never get to cover all the corners of. But it’s fun trying!
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Watch The Great British Bake Off every Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One