Ladies compete in BBC baking battle
TWO Crawley women who enjoy whisking up a treat for their familes and friends have put their skills to the test in a national television competition.
Sarah-Jane Willis, 28, from Bewbush, and Cathryn Dresser, 27, from Pease Pottage, are two of nine contestants left battling it out to become BBC Two’s Great British Bake Off champion.
Each week they and their fellow bakers complete challenges to avoid elimination - and both have made it to the fourth week.
Cathryn, who works at Marks and Spencers, said: “In the beginning I found cooking in front of camera really nerve racking but once I got used to it - it was the best fun I’ve ever had!
“When we were filming I just kept thinking about my family and friends who would be watching it and I wanted to make them proud.”
So far the contestants, who are taking part in the third series of the popular cookery show, have been tested on their cake, bread and tart skills.
Sarah-Jane, a housewife, said: “Last Tuesday (August 28) was my favourite week with the tarts. It was a real high point in my bake-off experience. The judges loved my banana tarte tatin so I was really pleased it worked out as it should have done. That was definitely my proudest moment.”
Both ladies admitted neither of them were really ‘criers’ before they entered the competition but the whole experience made them emotional.
Sarah-Jane said: “I pretty much don’t cry ever! But I cried for the first time on the show last Tuesday over my tart and that pretty much opened the flood gates and I don’t really stop. It was so unlike anything I’ve done before.”
Cathryn said: “I have found the process emotional – embarrassingly so! I’m not a big crier but I felt like crying big time, I was very nervous.
“I really respect the judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, I’m a massive fan of both of them, and I want them to like what I do. I just want to impress people.
“But we are not like that all the time and I hope in the next episode they show more of the fun and laughter.”
One contestant is voted off at the end of each show and the baker who makes it through to the end will be crowned the winner.
Sarah-Jane and Cathryn cannot reveal whether or not they won the show, but both said they had learned a lot and it was a brilliant experience.
Watch the Great British Bake Off on BBC Two on Tuesday’s at 8pm.
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