SA Bake Off contestant on how she juggled matric and the heat in the tent

2017-11-10 05:00

Cape Town – Madeline Kriel, the youngest baker in this season's Great SA Bake Off bid farewell from the tent in this week's episode.

Dessert week got the better of the grade 12 learner who is currently writing her final exams. 

In fact Channel24 spoke to her just after she wrote her English Literature paper which she says was very challenging in parts.

For Madeline participating in the Great SA Bake Off was an amazing experience.  

"I will never forget it. If I could go back and do it again I will. I met an amazing group of people and learned new skills and also gained some independence," says Madeline.

Juggling school and being in the competition was no easy task as she had to take every opportunity she got to hit the books. 

"There's a photo of me doing some physical science work while we had lunch. During pastry week I was studying maths in the tent. In the evening when everyone else went out and relaxed I studied. It was hectic but I pressed through and things turned out quite well."

Prepping for mock exams is easy. - said no matric student ever.

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Speaking about her final challenge Madeline says she's not a big trifle fan. 

"I can't stand the texture of jelly; hence there wasn't a lot of jelly in my trifle. When the brief came to think out of the box I wanted to go for a unique presentation. I thought the contrasting colours of the vanilla sponge would have such a nice effect as a chess board."

Her favourite dessert to make is her mom's hot chocolate pudding, the very one she made as her signature bake. 

"Even though it didn’t come out like I wanted it to, it still tasted good," says Madeline. 

If she was a dessert Madeline says she would be a crème brulee. 

"It's sweet inside but before getting to the soft gooey inside you have to break through the rough outer shell. It's a bit like me."

Desserts aside Madeline says she would love to pursue a career in the food industry after she completes school this year. 

"I definitely want to follow a career in the industry but when I make the choice it has to be the right one as I have to get a bursary to be able to go study. I hope somebody sees me and helps me to develop my skills."

Tune in for all the baking drama Tuesdays at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174).

(Photos supplied: BBC Lifestyle)

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