Meringue dress?

Bake Off Kate’s mum re­veals her girl’s been in­un­dated with pro­pos­als

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Talk Tv - EX­CLU­SIVE BY JA­NINE YAQOOB Show­biz News Re­porter ja­nine.yaqoob@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BAKE Off fi­nal­ist Kate Lyon is get­ting lots of pro­pos­als from ad­mir­ers lov­ing the look of her show­stop­pers.

Some have even of­fered to end their mar­riages for a slice of her kraken bread, says mum Anna.

Kate al­ready has a boyfriend but won’t be serv­ing up a meringue dress just yet.

Anna said: “Kate re­ceived tons of mar­riage pro­pos­als when she said she wasn’t mar­ried, some of­fer­ing to di­vorce their wives.”

But it’s judges Paul Hol­ly­wood and Prue Leith that Kate is out to im­press, against So­phie Faldo and Steven Carter-Bailey in Tues­day’s Bake Off fi­nal.

Anna calls her Su­per­woman for the way she man­ages a full­time job, study­ing for a master’s de­gree and trav­el­ling to and from Mersey­side for the show.

Mainly self-taught, Kate, 29, started bak­ing two years ago. She was en­cour­aged to sign up by a work­mate, never dream­ing she would make it this far.

“I would reg­u­larly take cakes into work and one of my friends, Fran, told me, ‘Look Kate, this is re­ally lovely, if you don’t ap­ply for the show, I will.’ So I de­cided to give it a go. I didn’t think any more of it and now here I am.”

But it hasn’t been easy for the health and safety in­spec­tor.

“I haven’t got a mixer at home and the first time I used one was in the Bake Off tent,” she said.

“I didn’t have a clue how to use the equip­ment and when I bake at home, I am just in my own lit­tle chill-out world.”

In week two she nar­rowly es­caped the boot, but two weeks later she was Star Baker. Then she failed to im­press in bis­cuit week with her co­conut seashells.

In bread week she rose to the oc­ca­sion with her Kraken Bread Sculp­ture, be­fore tast­ing sweet vic­tory in caramel week.

She said: “I’d never made caramel. I can’t tell you how many pans I ru­ined in prac­tice.”

But Kate is hop­ing for no more foul-ups of any kind – es­pe­cially of the soggy bot­tom va­ri­ety.

“There will al­ways be the odd in­nu­endo,” she said. “I’ve prob­a­bly let slip a cou­ple.”

Great Bri­tish Bake Off fi­nal, Chan­nel 4, 8pm, Tues­day

OVEN FEELIN’ Fans are re­ally falling for Kate

PROUD Anna with daugh­ter Kate

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