Former participant Howard Middleton, who took part in series four of the show has spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about the challenges contestants face and opened up about possibly on set disasters.
Hardcore fans will remember one show disaster, dubbed as #BinGate, back in 2014 when Diana Beard removed Iain Watter’s Baked Alaska cake from the freezer only for it to melt, just one example of how things can go horribly wrong for contestants.
And Howard, who is also known for his own infamous “Custardgate” incident, explained what happened if anyone ever ran out of ingredients whilst baking.
“They are normally very good that they will have ingredients to hand,” he began. “If you make a mess with something they will always be the basic ingredients available.
“There are situations where you have specialist ingredients for particular recipes, and it basically you just have to be so careful not to waste that, because you won’t necessarily have back ups.”
Apart from running out of ingredients another challenge contestants face is working with the machinery available in the tent.
In series seven of GBBO, fans may remember one contestant breaking her oven door, whilst trying to bake her showstopper.
Howard spoke out about the equipment and in particular, how each contestant is shown how to use them before the series begins.
“We had one or two minor disasters, because it’s just so difficult because it’s not your kitchen, it’s not equipment you’re used
“And you don’t have any time when you’re able to practice with anything.
“I remember the first day we arrived in the tent and there was somebody there from the oven manufacture to explain how the ovens work.
“She went through all the details and then when she finished, I was so over awed because I was in the Bake Off tent I hadn’t heard a word she had said.”
Howard has also previously discussed the one thing contestants begged the crew not to do once filming had finished.
He revealed: “After the filming and judging, there would be shots of the bakes and lots of interviews.
“Obviously if the judges have said ‘this is fantastic’ or ‘awful’ you at least want to be able to have a bit of your own bake to see whether you agree with the judges or not. Or to try someone else.
“So after that the crew did leave us a slice of each so we could go back to it and try them ourselves.”
This year’s series of Great British Bake Off is set to kick off in traditional Bake Off style, starting with biscuit week.
Viewers will see contestants tasked with constructing a selfie of themselves in a memorable place that’s personal to them in tonight’s episode.
It has also been confirmed the series will incororpate a vegan and Danish week, which is partly inspired by host Sandi Toksvig’s Scandinavian heritage.
Howard is part of Bake With A Legend, giving people the opportunity to bake alongside some of the nations most loved bakers!
Since his appearance on Great British Bake Off 2013, Howard has gone onto have a debut book ‘Delicious Gluten-Free Baking’ and is a regular writer for the Great British Chefs website.