Great British Bake Off champion Frances Quinn reveals shaky secrets of the tent

Frances Quinn – winner of the 2013 series of The Great British Bake Off – has revealed the floor of the tent is like a bouncy castle.

The former Joules designer – who wowed Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her stylish bakes on the show – has claimed that behind the scenes the tent is complete chaos because of all the cameras and wires running all over the floor.

Frances said: “It was literally pandemonium, it was just insane. The tent is just mocked up, so the floor is really bumpy and bouncy because you’d got so many camera guys running around.

She added: “Time and fridge space are the enemy on that show. You have to run on your adrenaline and just deal with things when they don’t go right and be able to change tack, and go, ‘OK, I’ll have to think of something else’.”

Frances impressed on the show with her kooky designs, but was accused at one point by Paul and Mary of putting style over substance in her baking creations.

She said: “I think that was the thing with ‘style over substance’. If I had gone, ‘OK, I’m going to completely ignore the design and the creative part of my brain’, I always thought I may as well have left the Bake Off tent, because I wouldn’t have been being true to myself as a baker.”

Quintessential Baking by Frances Quinn is published by Bloomsbury.


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