Sonali, 44, Auckland

Flight attendant Sonali lives in Auckland with her son and husband. Sonali has been baking for three decades, and comes from a huge family in India, where she watched the women in her family churn out cakes in a traditional fashion. Her biggest regret is not joining the Bombay College of Catering in 1992 and hopes that being in the Bake Off tent will give her the jumpstart she needs to pursue a career in the hobby she loves.

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

When I saw the opportunity to be a part of The Great Kiwi Bake Off, I had to be a part of it. What better place to validate my absolute love for baking? I want to further my passion and turn it into a profession and this show was the perfect place to start.

How would you describe your baking style?

Experimental. I love taking contemporary twists on classics. I love experimenting with flavours and combinations and try to do what hasn’t been done before.

What is your signature bake?

Cakes and cupcakes.

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

My dark chocolate and whisky tart with Grand Marnier jelly.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

Macarons. I have had piles and piles of failed ones.

What would your ‘death row’ sweet treat be?


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

Chocolate cake, because everybody loves me and I make everyone happy just like chocolate cake does!

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

It would be wonderful to win the competition. I want to pursue my love for baking further and winning the show would give me a great jumpstart.