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A quick bite with Phil

Phil’s early start as a driver gives him the rest of the day to bake. He shared some special stories about motorbikes, minibuses and miniature sports cars…

What’s it like having made it into the Tent?

To get in there now, is an amazing experience that I won’t forget for the rest of my life.

What memories do you have of the very first week? 

My memory of the first week is seeing the Tent, those wonderful white peaks and thinking that this is happening, it’s not just a dream. I have yearned for this for years, it’s amazing.

You are asked to make a cake that signifies one of the happiest days of your life.  What would it be and why…and what would it be made of?

I can’t remember what my wedding cake tasted of now. My wife’s grandfather made it, which was quite unusual in those days. He wasn’t a baker but he made a beautiful tiered cake. It would be very traditional with fondant icing and I would copy what we had on the top of our original cake. It was a bride and groom in a little china sports car.

Who will be the most surprised out of your friends/workmates/family that you have made it to Bake Off?

The most surprised will be a couple who are long term friends. They stayed with us recently and said ‘you make such wonderful cakes’, but they never mentioned to me that I should go on Bake Off. I think they haven’t a clue that I would ever be in it.

If you could be stuck in a lift with a previous Baker who would it be and why?

Jon from the last series – we could chat motorbikes ‘till we get freed by the firemen.

The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday 27th August, 8pm on Channel 4.