Meet Rosie, the veterinary surgeon turned amateur baker who is competing in this year’s edition of The Great British Bake Off.
Leaving behind her childhood sweetheart and a house full of animals, Rosie is appearing on Channel 4 in the hit show.
With her, another 12 contestants are competing for 10 weeks to take home the crown.
Rosie Brandreth-Poynter: Key facts
Name: Rosie Brandreth-Poynter
From: Grew up in Oxfordshire, now lives in Somerset
Occupation: Veterinary surgeon
Who is Rosie Brandreth-Poynter?
With a family of two humans, three dogs, a horse, a tortoise and two bearded dragons, plus some ducks and chickens, Rosie’s baking talents definitely come in handy when it comes to keeping everyone well fed.
She lives in Somerset with her childhood sweetheart turned husband, and works as a veterinary surgeon, doing everything from performing spleen surgery on dogs to treating drunken hedgehogs.
A passion for baking was ignited in Rosie when she was given a recipe book at the age of five. Now 28, she has been baking ever since, even while studying at Cambridge whenever she is not on call.
Her baking is inspired by her rural surroundings and she often uses produce from the orchards next door and freshly laid eggs from her ducks and chickens, so she will definitely find herself comfortable in the tent.
“When we first got here I went to the bathroom,” says Rosie, “and I could see little top bits of the tent from the window and that made me very happy.”
“When I heard I was accepted, the only word I can describe it as is ecstatic!”
Her go-to bake is a box of mixed pastry, which she often gifts to the practice nurses, and she reckons they will be the most surprised to find out Rosie made it onto Bake Off: “They will have no idea. They asked me the other day would I apply again and I could honestly and categorically answer, no I don’t think I will!”
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When is the Great British Bake Off 2019 on TV?
In the tenth series of Bake Off, Rosie is competing against a geography teacher, a theatre manager and 12 other contestants.
The first episode of this series aired on Tuesday 27th August at 8pm. The competition runs for 10 weeks.
Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood judge the competition while Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding host for their third year.
The Great British Bake Off is on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.