Her cute work and animal-inspired bake (from the famous bunny madeleine to bumblebee donuts), and her cheerful personality and stunningly bright fashion sense captivated the judges in 2018.
And when new contestants enter the British Bake Off tent this Tuesday, finalist Kim-Joy Hulett, 30, admits that their work has been cut out for them. ..
“When I was filming, I didn’t talk to anyone other than my partner and a few friends,” says Leeds Hulett, who came in second with Raoul Mandal.
“I was baking cakes in Berkshire all weekend, so I had to make the strangest excuse not to attend a birthday party for 10 weeks. People started to think I was avoiding them. This year’s contestants will consume more in the Covid-safe bubble.
“My advice is to have a few selected people around you to support your journey. It can be difficult to look back on a show, so even at the end of the phone, a positive friend or It’s important to keep your family close. “
Previous Bake offHulett was a practitioner of psychological well-being with a master’s degree in psychology, but her life has changed completely since she became second. Author of three best-selling cookbooks, including her latest release, Celebration with Kim Joy – She is also the ambassador of The Wren Baker, a charity that teaches baking and barista skills to help women build confidence.
Using baking as a means of improving mental health is close to Hulett’s heart. “When I was training to be a clinical psychologist, the clinical side of things wasn’t me,” Hulet admits.
“I’m a more holistic person. That’s why I was drawn to baking. It really helped my own mental health. I need baking therapy as well as art therapy. Productivity It’s a very uplifting and fulfilling hobby, as it makes you feel, connect with others, and overflow with memories of your childhood scents and tastes. It’s perfect for those who are very well-founded and anxious. “
Hulett has won two Star Bakers at the show (during Spice Week and Vegan Week) and admits that there was a lot of pressure to impress the judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
“Everyone was very friendly, but we all knew we were there to compete,” says Hulett. “Baking people always tend to be basically good people, because the act of baking itself prepares something that others can enjoy. It was a healthy competition rather than a fierce competition.
“It was an honor to work with Plou and Paul, but it was also very intimidating. Paul has a really soft side. If anyone is upset, he comforts them and they Will be the first person to give a little hug to. “
And will Hulet adjust to see the contestants this year?
“No doubt,” says Hulett. “It’s probably the first time I’ve been able to sit and enjoy without stress. In my next series, I knew how much pressure the contestants would have and I could really feel it, so I Had a lot of trouble – I was always at the edge of my seat! Hopefully I’ll be a little more relaxed. “
Celebrate with Kim Joy: Cute cakes and bake to make every occasion fun will be available in Quadrille from September 30th. Hardcover £ 20 RRP