Questions you've always wanted to ask a GBBO contestant

Questions you've always wanted to ask a GBBO contestant

Published at 2:16pm 19th September 2018. (Updated at 2:19pm 19th September 2018)

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Ex-Bake Off Contestant Sandy answers your questions.

Ex-Great British Bake Off contestant answers our questions.

Sandy Docherty appeared in the 2015 series of the Great British Bake Off and answered some of your questions.

Do you have to bring your own ingredients?

No. A team of home economists gladly receive your ingredient list* and source everything for you. Bakers are even allowed to ask for specific brands or types of ingredients if they'd like. 

*extra chocolate please... for, erm, emergencies. 

Who eats all the leftover bakes?

It's down to the huge team of crew, camera operators and staff to guzzle up the remaining bakes*. Contestants aren't actually allowed to take their bakes home... imagine how much of a spoiler that could turn out to be!

*runs to channel 4 jobs page.

Chocolate and berry cake with a cake slice saying 'happiness is a piece of cake'

Who does the washing up?

There is one very special lady who, along with her team of professional washer-uppers, takes care of all dirty pots, pans and bowls used in the bake off tent*. She tackles burnt sugar, incinerated trays and food-colouring stained utensils like a washing up goddess. No contestants need to worry about cleaning up.

And in fact when the show is being filmed there are often people crawling around behind the benches collecting all the dirty stuff and replacing it with clean!

*Does anyone have her phone number?

What is the gap time between bakes?

All challenges are done in real time. If the TV show says 2 hours it really does mean 2 hours.*

But the rough challenge timings are...

Day 1: early morning signature bake challenge

Day 1: late afternoon technical challenge

Day 2: morning showstopper challenge

*But that doesn't include having to let the dog out, entertain the children or put another load of washing on.

	 Sandy Docherty with Sandi Toksvig in Great British Bake Off

Do the bakers put weight on during the bake off?


Think how many little tasters you have throughout the day,  and then you want to try all the contestants bakes, there's three challenges and you also get breakfast, lunch and tea every day!*

*But we all need extra a bit of extra warmth for the Winter right?

Do the bakers go out together?

Going out on the night between your two baking days is a big no-no. We already tend to see some wonky bakes and topsy-turvy creations, imagine what they'd be like if the tent was hungover*.

A few drinks in the hotel though, that's allowed. 

Outside of the show some of the bakers like to meet up again after the series has finished.

*We'd actually LOVE to see that!

Sandy Docherty and Noel Fielding in Great British Bake Of

Why bother? Just get it from the supermarket!

Oh come on! Yes we know the shops sell some great stuff, but it's not about that. It's about the creation process, the baking therapy and some things will just never be the same when bought from the shop.

Pork pies from the supermarket vs homemade pork pies from your local butcher? No contest.*

*Pass me another pie. 

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Food and Drink Show talked to Sandy Docherty a contestant from the 2015 series of the Great British Bake Off:

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