Great Bri­tish Day Off Sick

BAKE STAR ON WHY HE AP­PLIED FOR TV SHOW I was ill..and got a sign

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Ar­chi­tect Scots and English tea­cakes Graeme Dono­hoe

Bake Off con­tes­tant Tom Hether­ing­ton only ended up on the show af­ter be­ing off work sick on the dead­line day to ap­ply, he has re­vealed.

The Ed­in­burgh ar­chi­tect put him­self for­ward to be a con­tes­tant af­ter watch­ing Bake Off re­peats on tele­vi­sion.

Tom, 29, said: “My part­ner David had been try­ing to con­vince me for years to ap­ply but I re­ally didn’t want to be on TV.

“I was off ill from work and was watch­ing re-runs of Bake Off and thought, ‘ I won­der if ap­pli­ca­tions are still open?’

“When I checked, it was the last day they were open and I thought, ‘ That must be a sign. What have I got to lose?’ It was serendip­i­tous.”

Tom, who lives with den­tist David in Ed­in­burgh, has quickly become a Bake Off fans’ favourite.

The bak­ing con­test has pulled in more than nine mil­lion view­ers for Chan­nel 4 af­ter its con­tro­ver­sial switch from BBC.

Liver­pudlian grand­mother Flo Atkins, 71, be­came the third baker to be axed last week. But Tom re­mains in con­tention de­spite spark­ing a cross-Bor­der tea­cake row af­ter be­ing asked to make a small fruit bun.

He said: “I didn’t even know what an English tea­cake was be­cause in Scot­land it’s a mal­low thing with bis­cuit.”

Be­ing on the show is a mas­sive boost for Tom, who lost his twin brother Robert in 2013 af­ter he was killed serv­ing with the Army in Afghanistan. And he hope­hopes to become the first­first Scot to be crowned Bake OffO champ. HeH added: “I ’ m fulfu ly aware how luck­ylu I was to haveh been picked as a con­tes­tant.”

RIS­ING STAR Tom on Bake Off Pic PA ROW

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