Predominantly self-taught, Kate only started baking about two years ago, even though she has been watching the Bake Off for much longer.
“I was a big fan of Bake Off as I love watching cookery programmes,” explains Kate. “I would regularly take my cakes into work and one of my friends, Fran, told me: ‘Look Kate, this is really lovely, if you don’t apply for the show, I will. And I am being serious.’
“And so I decided to give it a go. I didn’t think any more of it and now here I am!”
On Instagram, she shows off her latest creations: Vietnamese summer rolls, baked falafel, wholemeal soda bread (made in a vintage cast iron pan on an open fire, naturally), and pear frangipane tarts.
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Kate is also an enthusiastic blacksmith who enjoys making things from scratch – and she also wants to make her own crockery one day, so the bowls and spoons might be homemade as well as the cakes. Kate is also into furniture restoration and yoga, and she enjoys growing her own vegetables in her veg patch.
Kate’s first episode was full of ups and downs. The highlight was a number one spot in the technical challenge, and praise for the glass effect on her ‘Chocolate Terrarium’ showstopper. The low was her Moroccan Strawberry and Rose Cake signature bake, which left the judges wrinkling their noses.
There were more downs in Biscuit Week. Despite the excellent name, her Coconut Seashells for a Titanic Afternoon Tea Signature Challenge failed to impress – and her ‘Jungle’ biscuit board game looked pretty clumsy.