Season 2 SA Bake Off winner announced in nail-biting finale

2016-12-14 06:48
 

Cape Town - A restaurant manager from Cape Town, Cait whisked and piped her way to star baker with an extravagant Easter boiled fruit cake for the very last showstopper challenge. Also competing in the final was industrial psychologist Nasreen Chamda and Carol Ndovela, a Promo Producer.

On being crowned South Africa’s best amateur baker, Cait commented, “It still hasn’t sunk in. I entered the competition to try and learn as many new baking skills as possible to help me on my way to becoming a successful professional pastry chef. So to actually be crowned the winner is just unbelievable to me. I feel honoured and humbled to be crowned South Africa's best amateur baker, especially if I look at my fellow competitors all of whom are brilliant, passionate and talented.”

 
Cait says she will continue to bake now the series is over and will take the skills that she has learned with her into her studies and training to become a pastry chef, “I was nervous entering the competition as the youngest contestant. I thought that my passion and love for baking might not be enough compared to the experience that many others brought with them. Taking part in The Great South African Bake Off and being crowned the ultimate star baker has given me so much confidence and affirmed my love for baking and now I am just so excited to get started on my dream career as a pastry chef.”
 
Judge Shirley Guy commented on Cait’s win, “Cait has performed consistently well throughout this year’s competition. Her bakes have been creative and she has always managed to keep calm in the Bake Off tent. Thanks to her great array of baking skills and an exceptional palate for flavour combinations, she came out triumphant.”
 
Fellow judge Tjaart Walraven agrees, “Congratulations Cait, a deserved winner! Cait consistently showed us that the more creative you get each week when it comes to baking, the better. Cait folded great flavours into her baking and always kept her cool proving that she really was this year’s star baker in the final week. I wish her all the best and know she will go very far.”
 
Throughout the series, The Great South African Bake Off helped BBC Lifestyle to become the number one channel in its competitor set on DStv’s platform. It attracted on average, 100 000 viewers each week.

(Photos: BBC)

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