I can’t believe that it was a year ago to this week that I started my GBBO adventure!
As always, I was gripped to the series and loved watching all the characters bake their hearts out in the infamous tent. Watching the likes of Cat, John, James and Brendan was making me dream of being in the tent and every week I’d sit and watch the TV, wondering what I would have baked if I was there. I had thought about applying the previous year, but I was 8 months pregnant and didn’t think that was a good idea!! I’d thought about applying again, but wasn’t sure if I would, but then as soon as series 3 finished and the end credits rolled up with information on how to apply for the next series appeared, I had my husband, parents, brother and sis-in-law all at me saying I should apply….talk about peer pressure!!
I didn’t really talk about the application or tell many people that I was considering it, suppose I didn’t want to big it up and then find out that they weren’t interested in speaking to me! I eventually decided late one Monday night in early December to fill in the form and send it off. It was a long application form, which I managed to make even longer as I just couldn’t stop writing!! I clicked send just before midnight and thought, well at least I’ve tried!
I woke up the next morning and carried on with chores as normal, getting Mari up, breakfast, the wash – oh the glamour! I’d totally forgotten about the application form until I received a phone call at around 9:30am from someone I quickly become very close to. It the lovely Alex from the TV company for the Bake Off and they wanted to do a phone interview…from then onwards it has been one crazy, stressful, amazing adventure and I’m so glad that I sent that application form in!
I could give you a detailed breakdown of the whole audition process, but I don’t think that would be fair…plus there are some blogs out there already with the information should you really want to know! My advice would be fill in the form and be 100% you. You never know at the end of the day! All of us bakers this year applied not really thinking we’d get to the tent, but we did!
On your application form, make sure you get across your passion for baking – they want to hear about the good and the bad stories, your influences, why you bake…get everything down as the form is your opportunity to stand out and to get through to the next phase of the audition process. Send images of your bakes, a loaf, a birthday cake you made for your nephew, a pie you made – anything that shows you have a broad range of baking skills.
Finally – just go for it! Wouldn’t you rather send in the form and not hear anything than sit and wonder what if…? Deadline for application forms is the 10th January 2014 and here’s a link to download the form: http://thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/applications/ Just do it!!!!
Good Luck and Happy Baking!!! xxx