Mental health specialist Kim-Joy is one of the final three bakers aiming to win The Great British Bake Off 2018.
The Belgium-born 27-year-old is passionate about bread, and her birthday falls on World Baking Day – 17th May – which she sees as a sure sign that she was born to bake.
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Kim-Joy was raised in London by an English father and Malaysian-Chinese mother, before moving to Leeds, where she now lives with her partner.
She is the only baker in her family, and she says that she didn’t have the confidence to bid for a place on the show until this year.
“My friends have always wanted me to apply, but I didn’t feel confident enough to apply until this year,” she says. “I went into the tent mostly for myself to see if I could do it!”
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I loved making these! It’s so relaxing putting the details on decorated biscuits because you can do it whilst chilling on the sofa. But mixing up all the colours is a nightmare – it takes so much longer than you think it will ?!!! I made these for Chinese New Year this year, and looking back on old photos has inspired me to decorate more biscuits ?? So there will be more to come!!!??? . . . . #baking #homebaking #homebaker #bake #biscuits #chinesenewyear #decorating #decoratingcookies #decoratingbiscuits #pretty #colourful #art #yummy #bakersofinstagram #foodphotography #food #cute #bakingart #instabake #ilovebaking #relaxing
If she were tasked with constructing an illusion cake that looks like the real thing on GBBO, she says she would “make a magnifying glass with a chocolate handle, and 12 mini bakers wearing brown bake off aprons under the glass”.
She added: “I think I would prefer to do something that wasn’t completely realistic, though, as I enjoy having the freedom to create my own twist on things!”
Kim-Joy’s Bake Off journey
Kim-Joy nearly quit the show in Patisserie Week when she just couldn’t get the consistency of her chocolate mousse right. But she got there in the end and made it through to the final.
— Debb (@DebbDibdab) October 23, 2018
Danish Week proved a little emotional for Kim-Joy, whose pastry creation didn’t go down as well as expected… but she still made it through to the semi-finals.
That was tough to watch back. It’s okay to cry, we all need it from time to time, and I’m proud of myself ???? And my fellow bakers were so supportive. On to the SEMI-FINALS! ???? #gbbo #itsokaytocry https://t.co/hho8wKFWMw
— Kim-Joy (@kimjoyskitchen) October 16, 2018
After bringing incredible, artistic creations to the tent week in week out, Kim-Joy was finally crowned Star Baker in Spice Week after she wowed the judges with her beautifully intricate spiced biscuit chandelier which you can see below, as well as a throwback to those amazing space turtles from Dessert Week.
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 25, 2018
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 18, 2018
The moment in Biscuit Week when Kim-Joy announced that she was basing her orange blossom biscuit flavours on her hair conditioner, you just knew that she would be a brilliant addition to the Bake Off tent.
But it was her comment about Dan’s biscuit ‘baby’ that really stole the show on opening night. Well, someone had to say it…
— Andrew Yee (@AndrewYee2) August 28, 2018
Kim-joy saying that she thought the baby “looked like something else” with a masterful look-to-camera is making me scream #gbbo
— charlotte geater (@tambourine) August 28, 2018
Kim-Joy: Key Facts
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I’m in the BAKE OFF everybody!! Still can’t really believe it ? Thanks for all the warm messages so far ??? Here’s a pic of me and all my lovely fellow bakers ☺️ (I’m the lady wearing glasses) . #gbbo #bakeoff2018 #gbbo2018 #baking #homebaker #ilovebaking #greatbritishbakeoff #greatbritishbakingshow
From: London (originally from Belgium)
Job: Mental health specialist
The Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm