My best Bake Off bits
‘The best Bake Off winners for me were Nadiya Hussain and Frances Quinn. Nadiya was a really good baker, but also fun. Remember the can-of-fizzy-pop cake? She was thinking what her children would like because she was at home cooking with them. They’d want something that tastes like bubblegum. And it was very moving to witness her confidence increase when she was so shy to start with.
Frances’s problem at the start was style over substance. Her bakes looked incredible, but didn’t taste amazing. She soon sorted that out and was such a perfectionist. The cake she won with had butterflies made out of dried pineapple. Just beautiful.
My favourite ever moment on the show was Mary Berry’s emotional reaction when Nadiya won. It was extremely touching and brought a lump to everyone’s throat.
The funniest moment? Well, there’s so much comedy in the tent, but it does happen that sometimes things look like other things. Are we talking phallic? Possibly. We’re all thinking the same thing, but nobody wants to say it. You try to avoid looking at other people, but – eventually – somebody will burst out laughing and you all feel like you’re about 15.’
The Great British Bake Off returns this month on Channel 4.
Nadiya Hussain receives the 2015 winner’s trophy from Mary Berry