Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne – HGV driver from Essex hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne – HGV driver from Essex hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

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THE Great British Bake Off continued with Bread Week in episode three, and Phil Thorne was still among the baker’s dozen competing.

Here is what you need to know about the baking enthusiast and Bake Off 2019.

Meet Bake Off 2019's Phil
Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne

Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Phil?

Phil, 56, took up baking six years ago and now puts his culinary skills to the test four or five times a week.

The HGV driver, who grew up in Barking, first got a taste for baking during his home economics class at school.

Now, he lives in Rainham, with his wife and two daughters and treats his family and friends to some of his bakes.

In the last year, he has been working really hard on his decoration and piping techniques.

The father likes to share images of some of his bakes on his Instagram account here.

What has happened to Phil in Bake Off so far?

  • Week Two, Biscuits – His Orange, Cranberry & White Chocolate Fudge Bars were a bit too sweet for Prue, but she did enjoy the Tortoise design for his biscuit sculpture.
  • Week Three, Bread – The judges loved the flavours of his Pancetta and Cheese Focaccia tear and share, while his Winner’s Wreath scored bread was “light” and “delicious”.

What has Phil said about The Great British Bake Off 2019?

Phil had to pinch himself when he arrived at The Great British Bake Off site, as he has wanted to be there for years.

Of his first week on the show, he said: “My memory of the first week is being minibussed into the site and seeing the tent, those wonderful white peaks and thinking that this is happening, it’s not just a dream.

“I have yearned for this for years, it’s amazing.”

The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off judges and hosts
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When did The Great British Bake Off 2019 start?

The Great British Bake Off returned on August 27, 2019.

The new series kicked off on Channel 4 at 8pm until 9.30pm, much like the 2018 series which started on August 28.

Episode two will air on September 3 at 8pm, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Bake Off is expected to run for 10 consecutive weeks and the final is likely to be in November 2019.


What is the Great British Bake Off prize?

With all the drama, sweat and tears that the dedicated bakers go through, you would expect they would be aiming for some grand cash prize, but the answer is no.

The winning prize is just flowers and a cake stand, at least that’s what has happened so far.

Previous Bake Off contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, confirmed to Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand.

“But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

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