Too fresh to flop

Pre­pare for tasty treats and a few kitchen flops in sea­son 2 of The Great SA Bake Off.

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Pre­sen­ters Lentswe Bhengu and Anne Hirsch (left) are join­ing judges Shirley Guy and Tjaart Wal­raven (right). Sea­son 2 Tues­days (from 18 Oc­to­ber) BBC Life­style (*174) 20:00

It’s time to put on aprons, dust some flour and grab those rolling pins – The Great South African Bake Off (2015- cur­rent) is back on the box as 12 new bak­ers pre­pare to out-knead, out- cook and out-bake one another. What ad­vice do re­turn­ing Bake Off judges Tjaart Wal­raven and Shirley Guy have for the con­tes­tants? “Read the recipe twice. Don’t for­get the eggs. Keep it sim­ple,” they say. Let’s meet the new as­pir­ing mas­ter bak­ers…

As­feyah Mia (Gaut­eng) The 53-year old house­wife is tak­ing the show one episode at a time. “I can adapt to what­ever sit­u­a­tion I’m thrown in and I’m here to ex­pe­ri­ence and learn,” she says. Avon­tal­ent Tan­hera (KZN) Do­mes­tic worker Avon­tal­ent used to bake with her sis­ter, but not in an oven. Says the 28-yearold, “We lived in the ru­ral ar­eas and baked on an open fire. It wasn’t easy.” Caitlin McWil­liams (West­ern Cape) At 18, she’s the youngest con- tes­tant this sea­son but Caitlin says that age has noth­ing to do with ex­pe­ri­ence. “My dream is to be a pas­try chef, so I’m ex­cited for the dessert chal­lenges and I’m ready to make my bakes as beau­ti­ful as pos­si­ble.” Carol Ndovela (Gaut­eng) From be­hind the cam­eras as a pro­ducer at SABC News to bak­ing in front of one, the 35-year-old is ready for stiff com­pe­ti­tion: “I en­tered sea­son 1 but I didn’t get past the first round. I’m here now and ready!” Earl Mark Mor­ri­son (KZN) The 47-year- old elec­tri­cian’s in­ter­est in bak­ing started when he was a kid and he adds that “my fond­est mem­ory is cream­ing the but­ter and sugar in a bowl by hand and not at the push of a but­ton”. Hil­lary Ar­ries (Gaut­eng) The 32-year-old ac­count­ing clerk’s big­gest fear is get­ting dis­tracted in the kitchen. “As soon as you lose track of one thing, it all goes downhill. I am go­ing to look at the whole pic­ture and take my time.” Jason Miller (Gaut­eng) An ur­ban de­sign stu­dent by day, the 24-year-old spends nights per­fect­ing his breads and pas­tries. “My part­ner en­tered me as I doubted my­self, but now I feel good that I’m here,” he says. Leon Jansen van Vu­uren (Gaut­eng) Cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer Leon’s had his share of re­jec­tions from other re­al­ity cook­ing shows (like Afrikaans show Koeke­door, 2016- cur­rent), but the 49-year-old is ready to win! “My forte is [cake] dec­o­rat­ing.” Matthew Jones (KZN) The 35-year-old is com­bin­ing fam­ily tra­di­tion and his job as a sci­en­tist. “My grand­fa­ther baked bread for us and I tried to repli­cate it, but it’s been a slow tran­si­tion. Now I’m learn­ing to bake as I go along and I’m us­ing sci­ence to help,” he says. Mot­sodishi Mokoena (Gaut­eng) The econ­o­mist has a strong math­e­mat­i­cal back­ground, but don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the 28-year- old’s cre­ative side. “I learn from my mis­takes and I can whip up a sweet red vel­vet cake.” Nas­reen Chamda (Gaut­eng) The 28-year- old in­dus­trial psy­chol­o­gist says that she took an in­ter­est in bak­ing be­cause “it was a way for me to spend time with my mom in the kitchen when I was young. She was a der­ma­tol­o­gist do­ing her res­i­dency, so she was al­ways on the go”. Pene­lope Jane Rider (Gaut­eng) Home­maker Pene­lope is more of a cook than a baker, but the 57-year- old loves a chal­lenge, jok­ing that “I spent my time prac­tic­ing [pre­par­ing baked goods and fam­ily feasts] in­stead of go­ing on hol­i­days around the world”.

HELP­ING HANDS

While Tjaart and Shirley are judg­ing the baked goods placed be­fore them, Great SA Bake Off pre­sen­ters Anne Hirsch and Lentswe Bhengu are on hand to sort out any sticky messes that the con­tes­tants might find them­selves in dur­ing the eight hour-long episodes shot on lo­ca­tion at the Cra­dle Of Mankind in Joburg. NB! See more on p71

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