Imelda McCarron is joining 11 other contestants in The Great British Bake Off tent for 2018.
The 33-year-old works as a countryside recreation officer and grew up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where her mother first taught her how to cook and bake.
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Imelda spends most of her weekends baking at home for her father and son. Part of a large family, she’s used to cooking for social gatherings and a number of hungry mouths – which may well come in handy inside the tent!
Asked who she went into the fabled Bake Off tent for, Imelda said: “I went in for me as a challenge obviously for the baking, but also to have the confidence of meeting new people, I don’t usually put myself out there personally.”
“My friends will be so so surprised, they wouldn’t think I would do something like this,” she continued, before adding: “[I’ve] an auntie that I go to yoga with every week [who] will want to know why I didn’t tell her!”
The Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm, presented by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding
Imelda McCarron: Key facts
From: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Job: Countryside recreation officer