Joel, 28, Hamilton

With a flair for desserts, including crème brûlée, cheesecake, tarts, scrolls and custards, Joel’s talents on the pitch are rivalled by his talents in the kitchen. Describing himself as chilled and cruisy, Joel’s laidback nature could see him excel in the Bake Off tent, taking him one step closer to his dream of running a food truck.

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

I thought Bake Off would be an amazing challenge to see how I’d stack up as an amateur baker against some of New Zealand’s best home bakers.

What do your family think of you applying for the show?

My parents thought it was a cool idea and support me 100% in my baking. As my mum was my first influence into baking I was keen to show her what I could achieve after all I’d learned from her and throughout my school years at food tech.

How would you describe your baking style?

Chilled, cruisy and go with the flow.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

A flat pavlova.

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

Chocolate mud cake because I’m dense, thick and usually covered in mud if I’m at work or on the rugby field.

What would your ‘death row’ sweet treat be?

A chocolate brownie with French vanilla ice cream.

What do you think are your strengths in the kitchen?

I would say speed and flavour are my key strengths.

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

It would mean I could have the chance to fulfil my food ambition and get a food truck up and running.