Episode 4 – Back on track

Brendan chatting with Mary Berry

Brendan chatting with Mary Berry – Photo Sam Beddoes

The setback I experienced in Episode 3 was a real turning point for me in how I approached the competition. For the first 3 programmes, I found the environment somewhat alien and unsettling. Nothing to do with the extensive Production Team, who were consistently encouraging and helpful, but the many mini interviews that preceded each bake; that then continued throughout the bake, and again on its completion; the ever-present cameras, the relentless clock-watching around tight time limits… all combined to prevent my settling down to enjoy the experience in contrast to most of my fellow contestants who adapted more readily.

My success as Star Baker in *programme 4 gave me a real boost of confidence and I started to enjoy the whole experience much more. Also, by this point, we had really started to bond as a group and become more familiar with the surroundings and process. The owners and people of the beautiful ‘Harptree Court’ location were a delight with their endless tea and supportive approach. As were Mel and Sue who are the glue that kept us all together.

Always on the alert for signs of meltdown, they would quickly be by your side diminishing/removing anxiety build-up with their humour restoring a sense of perspective. TV programme-making gives you a unique insight into just what is involved in creating a one-hour programme.

*The Hazelnut and Ganache Dacquoise recipe can be found in the book that accompanies the series. The Clementine & Chestnut Torte recipe is now on the BBC GBBO web-site.


4 Responses to “Episode 4 – Back on track”

  1. September 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Congrats on winning star baker for episode 4, Brendan… You deserved it! I will most certainly be trying your Hazelnut and Ganache dacquoise (yummy!)

    Keep up the good work ~ Ryan

  2. brendan
    September 9, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Thanks Ryan. I appreciate the encouragement. Let me know how you get on with the meringue. Brendan

  3. September 11, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Well done for finally being star baker- we were all rooting for you in our household.

    Looking forward to attempting your gorgeous-looking torte; as someone with a gluten intolerance myself I very much wish that I was a neighbour of yours!

    Your website is a wonderful resource and I am looking forward to seeing more of your talent on GBBO over the coming weeks. My family are also looking forward to my attempts to recreate your masterpieces!

    Best of luck, Lucy

    • brendan
      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Thank you Lucy and your Family for their support. I appreciate it. When I can in the future, I am going to adapt quite a few of teh great classics to non-wheat flour. Good luck with the baking. Warm wishes Brendan

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