A dentist has spoken of her delight after taking part in the latest series of television hit the Great British Bake Off.
Deborah Manger beat off competition from 14,000 hopefuls to be one of 13 amateur bakers taking part in this year’s BBC Two show, which started last week.
Deborah, who lives near Oundle, has so far proved she has what it takes to make cakes and bread in the series, which is judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. She has successfully made it through to the third episode, which will be screened on Tuesday.
While Deborah cannot give too much away about the series before the outcome is revealed, she said she loved the experience.
The show was filmed earlier this year over 10 weeks.
She said: “It was a very exciting experience, but it was very anxious at times.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and I was practising every night during the filming –I don’t think my house has ever seen so much cake.
“Would I do it again? I would in a heartbeat.”
She said judges Mary and Paul were “straightforward” and added: “What you see on screen is what we experienced.”
The 51-year-old said her love of baking started at an early age, having studied home economics up to A-level, and has continued ever since.
She added: “I’ve always loved baking, but I haven’t really done it as much since I had my teenage son. But I thought I would push myself and give this a try.”
In the first episode, the bakers made sandwich cakes, angel food cake and amazing chocolate creations.
In this week’s episode, the bakers were challenged to make breadsticks, English muffins and creative loaves.
In her professional life, Deborah heads up a team of dentists who provide special care dentistry to people in Northamptonshire.
Her work takes her across the county, treating those who cannot make it to a regular dentist although her base is in Wellingborough.
But despite her high pressure job, she said she was shocked at the intensity of the competition.
She said: “I know everybody probably says this, but you don’t realise the pressure inside the tent at times.
“You’re not using your own equipment, and you’re cooking in a tent, which adds to the pressure.”
She said it was a fantastic experience and said she loved meeting everyone, both crew and fellow bakers, on the show.
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