A dentist at a Wellingborough hospital has beat off competition from 14,000 hopefuls to take part in this year’s Great British Bake-Off, which kicks-off tonight.
Deborah Manger, who works at Isebrook Hospital, will be seen whipping up a storm in the popular BBC series, while under the watchful gaze of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Mrs Manger, who heads up a team of dentists who provide special care dentistry to people in the county, will be one of 13 amateur bakers appearing on the hit BBC Two series starting tonight (Tuesday, August 20) at 8pm.
Mrs Manger, who cannot give away too much about the series before it is aired, said she enjoyed the experience.
She said: “If I could do it again, would I? In a heartbeat! I have had a blast. I met some great people both bakers and production team and learnt a lot about me.
“Since participating in the series I have a new found respect for participants. Despite the fact I manage a fairly difficult job on a daily basis, I find it odd that I found baking in the tent so stressful.
“When the show airs I will be able to discuss my involvement and experience.”
The 51-year-old said added that her love of baking started at an early age, having studied home economics up to A level, and has continued ever since.
In the first episode, the bakers produce sandwich cakes, angel food cake and amazing chocolate creations.