Thursday 23 February 2017

Great British Bake Off disaster won't stop me baking, says Doret Conway

Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Dorret Conway
Dorret Conway

Dorret Conway has vowed to keep baking, despite becoming the third contestant to exit the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Her exit was less of a surprise for the public after judge Mary Berry accidentally revealed who was going home during an interview with Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday morning, mentioning the names of the first three bakers to leave the Bake Off tent - which included Conway.

The accountant from Preston was eliminated after presenting Berry and her co-judge Paul Hollywood with a walnut and stilton soda bread that "could have been more intense", as well as a "showstopper" which failed to impress the judges.

"I bake to entertain my friends at dinner parties, it's more of a hobby and an interest to make something memorable to eat when people come to our house," she explained. "I was genuinely surprised to be accepted as I know the standard gets higher each year."

The amateur baker came dangerously close to elimination in week one, when her Black Forest gateau melted into a mess of chocolate mousse. The 53-year-old was convinced she'd be going home - but "Hipster Stu" was the first to leave the Bake Off tent instead.

When the show aired she was "dreading" the first episode, Conway admitted. "My husband and all my friends, along with the rest of the nation were seeing it for the first time. I hadn't told a soul the outcome."

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The gateau disaster was nicknamed the "Mudslide" on Twitter, but Conway was delighted to receive sympathy from the Bake Off audience: "I got incredible support, which was great because at the time it was quite traumatic!

"You get very passionate and involved about your bakes and have every reason to be upset when they don't turn out as you expect. I really thought I was going home.

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"It was such a wonderful feeling when the public got on my side."

Conway had a better second episode, winning the technical challenge with her arlettes - her "best moment", she said. "I had given the judges what they wanted and I was really proud."

But episode three brought Bread Week, where her "showstopper" bread version of Tracey Emin's Unmade Bed failed to secure her a place for week four.

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