Saturday 16 December 2017

Meringues and M16s in the mix as 'Great Irish Bake-Off' returns

Anna Nolan with this year's bakers at St Stephen's Green, for the launch of ‘The Great Irish Bake Off'
Anna Nolan with this year's bakers at St Stephen's Green, for the launch of ‘The Great Irish Bake Off'
Judge Biddy White Lennon at the launch of TV3's second series of the hugely successful The Great Irish Bake Off. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Judges Biddy White Lennon, Paul Kelly and presenter Anna Nolan for the launch of series two of The Great Irish Bake Off.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A former Israeli soldier is one of the 12 hopeful bakers taking part in this year's series of 'The Great Irish Bake-Off'.

Tala Zilberman served her mandatory national military service at the age of 19 and is able to "fire an M16 and make meringues".

"I did the national service for two years and two months when I was a teenager before going to university in Tel Aviv," she told the Irish Independent.

Ms Zilberman moved to Ireland with her husband Libron two years ago and now works in the legal department of Google. She joined several other aspiring bakers and pastry chefs at TV3's 'Bake-Off' launch in Dublin's Cliff Town House yesterday.

TCD student Poppy O'Sullivan, from Dublin, took part in the competition while studying for her final exams for her BA in History and Political Science. "Retrospectively, it was a bit mental studying and doing the Bake-Off," she said. "I had a few moments where I thought: 'What am I doing?' But I think baking is great for stress relief so that's how I justified it."

Presenter Anna Nolan returns as host alongside judges and mentors Biddy White Lennon and Paul Kelly – the executive pastry chef at the five star Merrion Hotel.

The new series will air on May 21 at 9pm.

Irish Independent

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