Have your cake and eat it!

The Great British Bake Off Village is an exciting new addition for this year’s BBC Good Food Show Winter. An area devoted to all things baking. Learn new techniques, watch demonstrations by Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and the GBBO contestants, plus you can buy everything you need to bake like the experts.

Great British Bake Off contestants 2013 Daily Mirror

Somebody who will be on the front row of the Great British Bake Off Stage is Ali Imdad. The 25 year old charity worker from Birmingham had only been baking for four years before appearing on the TV show. He will be at the NEC this week to support fellow contestants and he gave me an update on what he has been up to since GBBO.

Ali Imdad

What are your favourite things to bake?

It has to be tarts, especially my white chocolate crème brulee tart.

What have you been doing since appearing on Great British Bake Off?

After appearing on GBBO there has been a lot happening! I’ve done almost 20 demos up and down the country in different food festivals, universities, restaurants, and charity events. I’ve demoed alongside the likes of Rachel Allen and Jean-Christophe Novelli which has been incredible! Other than that I’ve done a number of baking classes, as well as writing recipes for national magazines. Can’t complain about that! In the longer term, I’d love to have a cook-book based on ethnic spices, but in the mean-time it’s all about building the Ali-brand!

What are you most looking forward to about BBC Good Food Show Winter?

Undoubtedly it is seeing my fellow bakers doing their demos. Howard, Ruby, Glenn, Kim, Becca, and our lovely winner Frances. They will all be doing a demo each so I’m going to be there to support them all. Other than that, ALL the bakers from ALL the series of GBBO are being invited back on the Saturday for a reunion in the shape of an afternoon tea, which I think that’ll be a real special treat for those attending on the Saturday.

Midlands Gourmet Girl readers and followers receive a 15% discount off tickets! Use the MG15 code at the checkout. http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com

 

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