HOW I GOT THE JOB
‘Mine is an accidental career. It wasn’t planned, although I love cooking. I have an arts degree, in philosophy and history of art. After university, I moved to London. I needed a job and could cook, so I worked at a catering company. After that, I ran a cafe in Chelsea Harbour for 18 months, then I met a food stylist, who arranged food for photoshoots and TV. I didn’t know such a job existed, but I found it really interesting. One day, I did some work on Great British
Menu, covering someone on holiday. I ended up working on it for four years – then came Bake Off.
I wouldn’t like to be in front of camera myself; I prefer being in the kitchen. That’s where I feel really at home.’
Faenia has become an integral part of the Bake Off team