Meet Bake Off 2019’s Priya O’Shea – marketing consultant from Leicester hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

Meet Bake Off 2019’s Priya O’Shea – marketing consultant from Leicester hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

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THE Great British Bake Off 2019 is well into its third week and the ever-so-talented Priya O’Shea is hoping to continue making an impression on the judges.

Here is what you need to know about the baking hopeful and Bake Off 2019…

Meet Priya from Bake Off
Meet Priya O’Shea from Bake Off

Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Priya?

Priya, 34, is a marketing consultant who first experienced baking with an after-school baking club at primary school.

A decade ago she began baking more seriously as a way of helping her relax and went “baking bonkers” when she was gifted a stand mixer on her wedding day.

She lives with her husband and two children in her home town of Leicester and is writing her first novel.

The mother-of-two hopes to travel the world – tasting sweet and savoury treats – when her kids are older.

On her Instagram account, as seen here, Priya shares pictures of some of her many creations.

What has happened to Priya on Bake Off so far?

  • Week Two, Biscuits – She took a risk that didn’t quite pay off by using a new chocolate to create her Ruby Barfi Biscuit Bars. While Paul and Prue thought her dragon sculpture was “astonishing” in its design, but lacked substance.
  • Week Three, Bread – While Priya’s Smokey Jalapeno tear and share had a wonderful flavour and texture, the judges felt it was slightly overbaked. And her Bird Boules scored bread needed more “scoring and less painting”.

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

The baking enthusiast has said that being accepted on to Bake Off has been “so dreamy and unreal”.

She is certain the experience will change her life and has encouraged her to “pursue the things you love, and you just have to go for it.”

Speaking about her first day on the Bake Off site, she said: “When I saw the field that previous bakers have gazed out on.  I heard the music in my ears as I walked down the steps.”

The Great British Bake Off judges and presenters, Sandi and Noel with Paul and Prue
The Great British Bake Off judges and presenters, Sandi and Noel with Paul and Prue
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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.

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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