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The Great British Bake Off - where are they now? - Ruth Clemens

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:54 01 September 2016

Ruth Clemens - runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2010

Ruth Clemens - runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2010

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The Great British Bake Off can be a life changing experience for the contestants. We chatted to local finalist from series one, Ruth Clemens about her journey and the new series.

Wednesday evening commenced yet another year of the delightfully popular BBC series, The Great British Bake Off. Mel and Sue returned to our screens with their witty ways on Wednesday joined by baking royalty, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Alongside them was a whole host of new competitors who prepared for battle in the kitchen in the hope of winning the prestigious bake off title. We saw them tackle the mirror glaze cake, the classic drizzle and they even had a crack at the almighty jaffa cake (with mixed results to put it politely).

Despite there being an abundance of previous bake off contestants, finalists and winners from the North; unfortunately the majority of this year’s bakers are from the South. Perhaps we have decided to give the rest of the country a chance?

We were reminiscing about previous local Great British Bake Off finalists and caught up with series one finalist, Ruth Clemens, to see how the series had impacted her life.

Poynton born Ruth was a battling baker in the very first series and finished in second place. Since then she has took the baking world by storm, creating her own recipe sharing website called the Pink Whisk as well as writing a whole host of her own cookery books including The Pink Whisk Guide to Bread Making and her latest Creative Éclairs. “Bake off changed my life hugely! I now have my own business running The Pink Whisk and get to work on recipe development and projects with all sorts of amazing baking brands,” says Ruth. “My life has completely changed and I owe it all to bake off!

Each year, bake off produces some classic TV gold moments for viewers (including the infamous stolen custard –gate and Mary’s endless selection of weird and wonderful jackets). Remembering her favourite moment of her series Ruth says; “Making it to the final was unbelievable and definitely has to be my stand out moment of my whole experience. I never ever thought I would get that far and to be able to take part in the whole adventure was just a huge thrill.

It may have only kicked off a week ago with the grand finale being in the distant future, however, bets have already been placed on potential winners and favourites have been chosen. It seems that Bake off has developed its own cult following over the years, adding the pressure on this years competing bakers as it has its highest audience to date. “I would definitely have told the contestants to enjoy it,” advises Ruth. “It’s a crazy experience but utterly brilliant and the opportunities that might be offered for taking part are really great – enjoy every minute!

Bake off continues this Wednesday and we want to see your baked treats on social media using the hashtag #CheshireBakeOff. Get out your aprons and ready, set, bake!

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