Bake Off exit was my destiny... I could go to Granny’s funeral
THE first contestant out of Bake Off believes it was fate she left the show – as it meant she was able to attend her grandmother’s funeral.
Loriea CampbellClarey, 27, left the tent last night after trying some quirkier cake flavours, including a chilli chocolate sponge.
But she insisted: “I was happy with what I baked and I wouldn’t have changed anything, everything happens for a reason.
“A bittersweet moment was that I wouldn’t have been able to go to my grandmother’s funeral if I had still been in the tent.” Competitors, hosts and crew stayed in a bubble at Down Hall Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, throughout filming. They were not allowed to leave while filming.
Loriea, a diagnostic radiographer from Durham, is now back at work, but admitted: “I am still baking depending on my shifts.
“And if I have had a bad day, I get home and start baking – it’s my kitchen therapy!”
And she revealed she is still in touch with her show rivals via a WhatsApp group. She said: “I know they will keep updating me. I will be watching the series each week. Some of our shifts mean I will be watching it on record.
“I am a half- full kind of personality, and I always want to approach new things just trying my best.
“As a life experience I have learned that I can do anything that I set my mind to – I can be a bit stubborn sometimes.
“But I think it’s OK to be individual... and a bit unique.”
Loriea will join Jo Brand and Tom Allen on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday on Channel 4.