Great British Bake Off couple go public with romance


by Marianna Manson |

Two of Great British Bake Off’s bakers have begun a romance off screen

Geography teacher Alice Fevronia and student Henry Bird have reportedly starting dating after striking up a friendship on the hit Channel 4 show, hosted by Noel Feilding and Sandi Toksvig.

“The Bake Off contestants do become very close, and Alice and Henry hit it off from the start as they have a lot in common,” a source said.

“They confided in each other a lot during the process, which can be quite intense at times. And since filming finished they have been spending more time together — including a few dates.

"It is early days but they are a lovely couple and seem very happy.

“Pals have been joking that it’s the cherry on top of the experience.”

In the now deleted post, Henry and Alice pose together in front of the Thames, both looking smitten

GBBO couple

“Such a beautiful couple,” wrote one commenter, while fellow contestant Helena Garcia wrote, “You two couldn’t possibly be more adorable.”

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Great British Bake Off: Everything you need to know

1. Anyone can apply for Bake Off
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Except professional bakers or chefs!Applications are open to any UK resident over the age of 16. However they cannot make their main source of income from commercial baking and entrants can't have worked as a professional chef or baker at any point. Plus, applicants cannot have acquired any professional catering qualifications in the last ten years

2. The GBBO application form is l-o-n-g
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It's seven pages long, asks a LOT of questions, and demands you reveal the truth about your previous successes and failures in the kitchen.You can find it here.

3. The Great British Bake Off application process doesnu2019t stop there!
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If they like what they see on your application form, a researcher will call you and give you a 45 minute interview over the phone.Then, if you pass THAT test, they'll have you whip up two baked treats, bring them to London, have an interview with a producer, and go through a screen test.Think you're done? Nope!You then have to try out a Technical Challenge set by the GBBO judges - in front of the camera. They also ask that you bring another bake along (presumably the producers are taste testing these / big fans of cake).If you're still in the running, you'll then be interviewed by the show's psychologist to make sure they can handle the pressure of filming.

4. GBBO filming is intense
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The show is filmed over a 10-week period between April and June, with contestants spending up to 16 hours a day filming.They manage to package up a whole session of baking into one hour, which means that a lot of it ends up on the cutting room floor.

5... but at least itu2019s contained to weekends
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That's right, contestants only do their GBBO stuff on weekends, which means that they can keep working their normal 9-to-5 jobs in the week.However they are picked up from their hotels at 9am each Saturday and Sunday morning, to ensure they get as much filming time in as possible.No rest for the wicked, eh?

6. GBBO contestants donu2019t do the washing up themselves
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There's no dishwasher on Bake Off, because the noise would disrupt filming. Instead, home economists spend 160 hours washing up everything by hand. We hope they all get given a free hand lotion each…

7. GBBO contestants pay for ingredients themselves
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Yup, that's right; they only get their ingredients provided when they reach the finals - which makes things pretty expensive. Particularly as they use between 12-20 ingredients per bake.

8. A lot of people are involved in the production of GBBO
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There are around 50 crew members on set - and, yes, they all get to tuck into the cakes and goodies after the judges give their verdict.

9. GBBO contestants are encouraged to become friends
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Producers take all contestants out for dinner together on the first night, and they usually become good pals over time; they often stay at the same hotel, so dinners and drinks and socialising become pretty regular.Which means that, yes, they really DO mean it when they say they're happy for the overall winner - they're pretty much all besties by that point!

10. They make more cakes than youu2019d ever dreamed of
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They bake a Victoria Sponge in each oven every single morning of filming, to make sure everything is ship-shape and ready to go. We imagine everyone gets a bit sick of tucking into that particular type of cake come the end of filming!

11. The show is LITERALLY based on village fetes
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That's right; Anna Beattie, the show's creator, really believed that village fete baking competitions would suit TV. Anna, judging by the viewing figures, was 100% correct!

12. Mel and Sue recommended Mary Berry
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The duo were approached to present the show together - and they were quick to suggest that Mary Berry should be a judge back when GBBO was on BBC One. The show moved to Channel 4 in 2017 without Mary Berry.

13. Itu2019s not a disaster if someone forgets an ingredient
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In fact, producers are well and truly prepared if this happens; they have a runner on standby at a local supermarket every morning in case a contestant realises overnight that they've forgotten an ingredient.

14. Oven time is crucial
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So much so that contestants aren't allowed to put anything in - or take anything out of - the oven without flagging a producer down first. They want to make sure that they have a camera on standby to film those big baking moments.

15. The Bake Off challenges are NOT surprises
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If you make it through to the Bake Off finals, you will be told what the challenges are going to be - and you'll have to submit your recipes for approval. Eep! No pressure, eh?

16. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were off limits
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Back when the show was on BBC One, they prefered to keep things professional with contestants, and wouldn't usually speak to them outside of the Bake Off tent.

17. u2026 but Mel and Sue weren't
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The duo were happy to chat to contestants away from the cameras - and Sue even said that she likes to stay in touch with them via email once the show is all over. N'aww.

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Speaking to The Sun, the source continued, “Alice has now introduced Henry to her closest friends, which was obviously seen as a sign of how much she likes him. And the feeling is definitely mutual.

“Who knows what will happen, but it looks like their relationship has all the right ingredients.”

Meanwhile, judge Paul Hollywood has been navigating the break-down of his relationship with Summer Monteys-Fullam, after rumours she was set to star on reality shows to expose their relationship.

“This is Paul’s worst nightmare”, a source told the same publication. “He’s trying to reach out to his TV contacts, even considering offering to take part in the shows instead of her as a compromise. He’s even wondering if his lawyers can help him take out a gagging order in case she does appear."

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