Jeff, 49, New Plymouth

Jeff has enjoyed perfecting his cooking and baking skills for the last 40 years. His efforts are clearing paying off: when he first met his wife he made her a fruit tart and it was love at first bite. Along with his interest in musical theatre, baking is a creative outlet for Jeff who claims there’s nothing more magical than watching things rise in the oven. Combining his love of travel with his passion for cooking, Jeff would one day love to write a travel cookbook.

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

It was my wife’s idea! She loves the British version. I have always loved cooking but I still maintain I am a better cook than a baker but I enjoy baking immensely so thought why not give it a go.

How would you describe your baking style?

My son, who is a chef, says I am a bit of cowboy. I often don’t measure things or follow recipe details but it also means I am good at recovering and thinking on my feet.

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

A pumpkin-ginger cheesecake.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

My most epic disaster was a gingerbread bridge. I tried three times and had to give up as I couldn’t get it to work.

What would your ‘death row’ sweet treat be?

Waffles with berries and cream.

If you were a baked item, what would you be and why?

A French boule loaf. Round, crusty, not too pretty but yummy with butter.

What do you think are your strengths in the kitchen?

Flexibility and being able to bake without a recipe. Being broad in my skill set as opposed to having specific skills should hopefully be beneficial in the tent.

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

I would love to take out the title but maybe being the last man standing would also be quite an accomplishment!