The Software Project Manager learned how to bake from her mother and grandmother in France, although says that she discovered her passion for it when she came to London as an au pair.
If she were to invent a crisp flavour on GBBO, she says it would be “goat cheese, honey and rosemary”, and when it comes to baking an illusion cake, she would make “a very colourful Poke – it’s a Hawaiian raw fish dish. So it would be avocado, salmon, wasabi mayonnaise, edamame beans. All made from sponge and fondant.” Sounds incredible!
Manon also posts amazing pictures of her bakes on Instagram, like this pistachio and raspberry cake:
Bake Off won’t be the first time Manon has cooked on TV. Back in 2015, she appeared on BBC1 series The Box. Hosted by James Martin, home cooks were tasked with making delicious meals from the ingredients given to them in a box.
Manon got off to a flyer in Biscuit Week, the opening episode of the show, earning Star Baker from Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith for her precise and pretty bakes. Paul called her style “very classically French in many ways” after her matcha and white chocolate selfie showstopper secured her top spot in week one.
The Bake Off tent waved au revoir to Manon in Dessert Week, after her smørrebrød (open sandwich) and kagekone (a cake made from decorated Danish pastries) both proved to be more of a celebration of France than of Denmark.
We’re so sad to goodbye to Manon, a brilliant baker throughout the competition. Perhaps not the biggest fan of Denmark right now. #GBBOpic.twitter.com/sMI3GgrKNh
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