What the judges say

Prima (UK) - - Bake Off Exclusive -

PAUL HOL­LY­WOOD: ‘Fae­nia’s a piv­otal per­son. I’d liken her to a duck: serene on top, with lit­tle legs flip­ping about un­der­neath, mak­ing it all hap­pen.

Bake Off is so di­verse in all as­pects of bak­ing that, as a home econ­o­mist, you have to be ex­tremely knowl­edge­able. Fae­nia’s knowl­edge has re­ally grown. That makes a big dif­fer­ence to Bake Off.

Most home economists are au fait with gen­eral bak­ing, but one spe­cial­ist area is bread-mak­ing. Fae­nia has worked with me on some of my books. I al­ways want to make all the bread my­self, but I have to del­e­gate. Fae­nia is at the level now that I know she will do it and it’ll be just how I would’ve made it.’

PRUE LEITH: ‘What you need is some­one deadly ef­fi­cient and end­lessly cheer­ful. It’s easy to get one or the other, but you need a Fae­nia to get both. What I ad­mire most is that she’s al­ways calm and cool at the most stress­ful of times. She’s al­ways rush­ing round help­ing bak­ers. She’s one of the un­sung he­roes of Bake Off.’

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