Annabel, 19, Timaru

Annabel’s love for all things sweet started back as a toddler concocting soapy mixtures in her plastic tea sets. Her interest in baking was nurtured by her late grandmother who taught her everything she knows and whose baking lives on through the handwritten recipe book passed down to Annabel. Currently on a gap year, Annabel’s dream is to become a pastry chef and attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Wellington in 2019.

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

I applied for The Great Kiwi Bake Off because I am obsessed with the original British version and obviously love to bake, so it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

How would you describe your baking style?

My baking style is very thought through. I love to sit and plan all elements of a bake well before I make it and then when I'm actually baking I love to be very precise and tidy, as you'll see on the show.

What do you think are your strengths in the kitchen?

I think my preference for tidiness is a strength of mine. It keeps my mind clear and I also like to keep dishes to the minimum (because I hate doing them) so I try to be as tidy as possible.

What home-made baking dish are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of my chocolate fondants because when you get them right they are very satisfying and yummy.

What is your favourite classic Kiwi baking dish?

It would have to be my Gran’s recipe for classic gingernuts; one of the first things she taught me.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

I love making macarons, but funnily enough that’s where my biggest baking disaster comes from. When I first made them, I followed a recipe but they were awful so from then I made my own recipe and got it down to a T. Now I love how versatile they are in flavour and they’re just delicious.

What would your ‘death row’ sweet treat be?

I have a massive sweet tooth so pretty much anything! But if I had to choose it would be a chocolate fondant.

What would winning The Great Kiwi Bake Off mean to you?

It would be an honour to win The Great Kiwi Bake Off because you're competing with the best in the country.