Clayton, 39, Auckland

This single dad loves nothing more than to create delicious and inventive baked goods and hopes his daughter will one day take over the spatula. Although he learnt the basics from his mum as a youngster, Clayton didn’t get fully into baking until a breakup at 25 years old left him fending for himself. Ironically, it was his signature bake, a Jamie Oliver Cointreau brownie that helped him nab his girlfriend. Admitting time management isn’t his strong point and that he can get distracted easily, Clayton has his sights firmly on the Bake Off crown and hopes to transform his hobby into a career, just like his idol Jamie.

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

I’m a big fan of The Great British Bake Off and just love baking. I’ve been wanting to make a career out of my passion for baking and want to show my daughter you can do what you love as a job, so if I can do that through this show that would be awesome.

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

Macarons! They took ages to nail.

What is your signature bake?

Cointreau brownie.

How would you describe your baking style?

Fun. I’m just trying to make baking fun again.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

A sweet pastry with bacon egg pie. Not a winning combination.

What would your ‘death row’ sweet treat be?

My grandma’s pavlova.

What do you think are your strengths in the kitchen?

Enthusiasm! Plus myself and my baking are a little quirky so that will (hopefully) help me stand out.

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

It would be awesome to win, especially to pay back all the help I’ve had from friends and family.