What the judges say
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.’